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Samuel Weeks

Contact Information

Email    sweeks@ucla.edu
Office  Haines 360

Fields of Study

Sociocultural Anthropology


Urban Ethnography; Political Economy; Finance; Employment; Popular Culture; Immigration; Creole Languages; Portuguese and French; Socio-Linguistics; Social Geography; Critical Theory; Intellectual and Political History; Cape Verde, Portugal, Lusofonia, Europe, Luxembourg, West and Southern Africa


1. Book Review - Kesha Fikes, Managing African Portugal: The Citizen-Migrant Distinction, Duke University Press, 2009. Etnográfica 15(3):609-611. PDF

2. Book Review - John L. and Jean Comaroff, Ethnicity, Inc., University of Chicago Press, 2009. Cadernos de Estudos Africanos 22:179-181. PDF 

3. Review Article - "Cultural Dimensions, Lusophone Spaces." Review of Derek Pardue, Ideologies of Marginality in Brazilian Hip Hop (Palgrave Macmillian, 2008) and Fernando Arenas, Lusophone Africa: Beyond Independence (University of Minnesota Press, 2011). Análise Social 47(1):209-215. PDF

4. Book Review - Patricia de Santana Pinho, Mama Africa: Reinventing Blackness in Bahia, Duke University Press, 2010. Etnográfica 16(2):423-425. PDF

5. Book Review - Pedro F. Marcelino, The New Migration Paradigm of Transitional African Spaces: Inclusion, Exclusion, Liminality and Economic Competition in Transit Countries: A Case Study on the Cape Verde Islands, Lambert Academic Publishing, 2011. Cadernos de Estudos Africanos 23:164-167. PDF 

6. Book Review - Karen Ho, Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street, Duke University Press, 2009. Anthropology of Work Review 33(2):130-131. link

7. Article - "Marxian Crisis, Maussian Gift: The Mutual-Help Practices of Lisbon’s Cape Verdean Labor Immigrants in an Age of Austerity." Special Issue, “Africans and Afro-Descendants in Portugal: Redefining Practices, Projects and Identities,” Cadernos de Estudos Africanos 24:27-43. PDF 

8. Book Review - Éric Allina, Slavery by Any Other Name: African Life Under Company Rule in Colonial Mozambique, University of Virginia Press, 2012. Cadernos de Estudos Africanos 25:209-211. PDF 

9. Book Review - Jennifer F. Hamer, Abandoned in the Heartland: Work, Family and Living in East St. Louis, University of California Press, 2011. Anthropology of Work Review 35(1):51-52. link

10. Article - "Longing for 'Normal' Post-Fordism: Cape Verdean Labor-Power on a Lisbon Periphery in Crisis." Anthropology of Work Review 36(1):13-25. link

11. Article - "Symbolism and Resilience in the Aftermath of a Destructive Volcanic Eruption." Anthropology Now 8(2):57-68. link

Grants and Awards

1. M.A. Grant - Rotary Foundation, Ambassadorial Scholarship - 2010-11

2. Merit Scholarship - University of Lisbon - 2010-12

3. International Studies Fellowship - UCLA International Institute - 2012-14

4. Research Grant - UCLA Department of Anthropology - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

5. Graduate Summer Research Mentorship - UCLA Graduate Division - 2013, 2015

6. Eric R. Wolf Award - Society for the Anthropology of Work - 2013

7. June Nash Travel Award - Society for the Anthropology of Work - 2013

8. Graduate Research Mentorship - UCLA Graduate Division - 2014-15

9. Dean’s European Fund - UCLA Social Sciences Division - 2015-16

10. Fulbright/IIE Research Fellowship - University of Luxembourg - 2015-16

11. Conference Travel Grant - UCLA Center for European Studies - 2016

12. Conference Travel Funding - European Association for Social Anthropologists - 2016

Conference Presentations

1. Biennial Research Symposium - Presentation of MA Thesis Research - University of Lisbon, Institute of Social Sciences - 16-17 April 2012

2. Cape Verde/Guinea-Bissau: Paths of Knowledge and Science - Presentation of a Paper Entitled “‘As you receive with one hand, so should you give with the other’: The Mutual-Help Practices of Cape Verdeans on the Lisbon Periphery” - Technical University of Lisbon, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Portugal, 21-23 June 2012 (PDF)

3. Surviving Apocalypse: 33rd Annual James C. Young Colloquium - Presentation of a Paper Entitled “Lisbon’s Cape Verdean Workers in an Age of Contraction and Austerity: The Epistemology of Permanent Crisis” - University of California, Riverside, 3 May 2013

4. 5th European Conference on African Studies - Presentation of a Paper Entitled “A Socio-Economy of Cape Verdeans’ Mutual-Help Practices on a Lisbon Periphery in Crisis” - ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute, 27-29 June 2013

5. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting - Presentation of a Paper Entitled “The Increasing Scarcity of (Dis)Possession: Cape Verdean Labor-Power on a Lisbon Periphery in Crisis” - Chicago, 20-24 November 2013

6. Rebellion as Transformation: 34th Annual James C. Young Colloquium - Presentation of Paper Entitled “Fragmented Resistance: The Left Protests Austerity in Bailout-Era Portugal” - University of California, Riverside - 14 March 2014

7. The Ends of Work: Biennial Meeting of the Society for Cultural Anthropology - Presentation of a Paper Entitled “The Material Base(s) of Emotional Support: Some Observations from a Lisbon Periphery in Crisis” - Co-Organizer of a Panel Entitled “Worked Emotions: The Affective Dimensions of Labor” - Detroit, 9-10 May 2014

8. 2014 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting - Presentation of a Paper Entitled “From Low-Wage Labor to High Finance: Trajectories of Value in Austerity-Era Luxembourg” - Co-Organizer of a Panel Entitled “Following the Money: The Changing Value(s) of Commodities” - Washington, D.C., 3-7 December 2014

9. UCLA Graduate Migration Research Seminar - Presentation of a Paper Entitled “Longing for ‘Normal’ Post-Fordism”: Cape Verdean Labor-Power on a Lisbon Periphery in Crisis” - UCLA Department of Sociology, 11 December 2014

10. UCLA International Institute Graduate Student Conference - Presentation of a Paper Entitled “Under Pressure: The Devaluation of Cape Verdean Labor-Power on a Lisbon Periphery in Crisis” in the Panel “Migration and Transnational Encounters” - University of California-Los Angeles, 17 April 2015

11. Luso-Luxo-African Sociolinguistic Trajectories and Repertoires - Presentation of a Paper Entitled “Talk Matters: Cape Verdeans’ Language Use in Postcolonial Lisbon” - University of Luxembourg, 25 November 2015

12. Luso-Luxemburguês ? Recherches sur la migration portugaise au Luxembourg - Presentation of a Paper Entitled “Portuguese Immigrants and the Luxembourgish State: An Exercise in Biopolitics” - University of Luxembourg, 19-20 February 2016

13. Deleuze Studies Conference - Presentation of a Paper Entitled “A Politics of Peripheries: Deleuze and Guattari as Dependency Theorists” - University of Rome III, 11-13 July 2016

14. Biennial Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists - Presentation of Paper Entitled “Labor Value(s) in Crisis: A Case from the Lisbon Periphery” - Co-Organizer of a Panel Entitled “Value(s) of Labor in Austerity-Era Europe” - University of Milan-Bicocca, 20-23 July 2016


Nancy Levine
Sherry B. Ortner
Andrew Apter
M.A. Advisor: João de Pina Cabral


B.A., Colby College (2006)
M.A., Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon (2012)