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Samuel Weeks



Contact Information

Email    sweeks@ucla.edu
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Fields of Study

Sociocultural Anthropology

Research

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

Publications

ARTICLES

In Press • “A Politics of Peripheries: Deleuze and Guattari as Dependency Theorists.” Accepted for Publication in Deleuze Studies 13(2). PDF

2016 • “Symbolism and Resilience in the Aftermath of a Destructive Volcanic Eruption.” Anthropology Now 8(2):57-68. PDF

2015 • “Longing for ‘Normal’ Post-Fordism: Cape Verdean Labor-Power on a Lisbon Periphery in Crisis.” Anthropology of Work Review 36(1):13-25. PDF

2012 • “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

2012 • “Cultural Dimensions, Lusophone Spaces.” Análise Social 47(1):209-215. PDF

BOOK REVIEWS

2014 • 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. PDF

2013 • 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

2012 • Karen Ho, Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street, Duke University Press, 2009. Anthropology of Work Review 33(2):130-131. PDF

2012 • 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

2012 • Patricia de Santana Pinho, Mama Africa: Reinventing Blackness in Bahia, Duke University Press, 2010. Etnográfica 16(2):423-425. PDF

2011 • John L. and Jean Comaroff, Ethnicity, Inc., University of Chicago Press, 2009. Cadernos de Estudos Africanos 22:179-181. PDF

2011 • Kesha Fikes, Managing African Portugal: The Citizen-Migrant Distinction, Duke University Press, 2009. Etnográfica 15(3):609-611. PDF

Grants and Awards

AWARDS

Eric R. Wolf Prize (for Best Graduate Student Article) • Society for the Anthropology of Work • 2013

EXTERNAL GRANTS

1. Fulbright U.S. Student Program Research Grant • Luxembourg • 2015-16

2. Ambassadorial Scholarship (M.A. Research Grant) • Rotary Foundation • 2010-11

INTERNAL GRANTS

1. Dissertation Year Fellowship • UCLA Graduate Division • 2017-18

2. Dissertation Fieldwork Fellowship • UCLA International Institute • 2017

3. Dissertation Fellowship • UCLA Center for European Studies • 2017

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

5. Graduate Research Mentorship • UCLA Graduate Division • 2014-15

6. Graduate Summer Research Mentorship • UCLA Graduate Division • 2013, 2015

7. Research Grant • UCLA Department of Anthropology • 2013-17

8. International Studies Fellowship • UCLA International Institute • 2012-14

9. Merit Scholarship • University of Lisbon • 2012

CONFERENCE FUNDING

1. Conference Funding • UCLA Department of Anthropology • 2013-17

2. Conference Travel Funding • European Association for Social Anthropologists • 2016

3. Conference Travel Grant • UCLA Center for European Studies • 2016

4. June Nash Travel Award • Society for the Anthropology of Work • 2013, 2016

Conference Presentations

CONFERENCE PANELS CO-ORGANIZED

1. 2017 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting • Paper Entitled “An Anthropologist Walks into an Offshore Financial Center: Some Thoughts on ‘Networking Ethnography’” • Co-Organizer of Panel “Ethnography in Elite White-Collar Contexts: Questions of Methods, Access, and Privilege when ‘Studying Up’” • Washington, D.C., 29 November-3 December 2017 

2. 2016 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting • Paper Entitled “From ‘Belgian Dentists’ to ‘Russian Oligarchs’: Luxembourg Private Banking as an Offshore Apparatus” • Co-Organizer of Panel “Offshore Economies: New Markets, New Pressures, New Questions” • Minneapolis, 16-20 November 2016

3. 2016 Biennial Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists • Paper Entitled “Labor Value(s) in Crisis: A Case from the Lisbon Periphery” • Co-Organizer of Panel “Value(s) of Labor in Austerity-Era Europe” • University of Milan-Bicocca, 20-23 July 2016

4. 2014 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting • Paper Entitled “From Low-Wage Labor to High Finance: Trajectories of Value in Austerity-Era Luxembourg” • Co-Organizer of Panel “Following the Money: The Changing Value(s) of Commodities” • Washington, D.C., 3-7 December 2014

5. 2014 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Cultural Anthropology • Paper Entitled “The Material Base(s) of Emotional Support: Some Observations from a Lisbon Periphery in Crisis” • Co-Organizer of Panel “Worked Emotions: The Affective Dimensions of Labor” • Detroit, 9-10 May 2014

OTHER CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

1. Taxation, Inequality, and Reciprocity • Paper Entitled “From ‘Belgian Dentists’ to ‘Russian Oligarchs’: Luxembourg Private Banking and the Shifting Geographies of Its Clientele” • Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, 29 September 2017

2. 2016 Deleuze Studies Conference • Paper Entitled “A Politics of Peripheries: Deleuze and Guattari as Dependency Theorists” • University of Rome III, 11-13 July 2016

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

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

5. 2015 UCLA International Institute Graduate Student Conference • 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

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

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

8. 2013 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting • Paper Entitled “The Increasing Scarcity of (Dis)Possession: Cape Verdean Labor-Power on a Lisbon Periphery in Crisis” • Chicago, 20-24 November 2013

9. 5th European Conference on African Studies • 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

10. Surviving Apocalypse: 33rd Annual James C. Young Colloquium • 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

11. Cape Verde/Guinea-Bissau: Paths of Knowledge and Science • 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, 21-23 June 2012

12. 2012 Biennial Research Symposium • Presentation of M.A. Research • University of Lisbon, Institute of Social Sciences • 16-17 April 2012

Advisors

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

Degrees

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