Misty Bastian received her doctoral degree from the University of Chicago and was until
recently a Fellow of the Academy Scholars Program at the Center for International
Affairs, Harvard University. She is now Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Franklin
and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her interests include gender, popular
culture, religion, and cosmology.
Timothy Burke completed his graduate studies in history at Johns Hopkins and is
Assistant Professor of History at Swarthmore College. His book
Lifebuoy Men, Lux
Women: Commodification, Consumption and Cleanliness in Modern Zimbabwe
was pub-
lished in 1996 by Duke University Press. His research interests include consumption
and the historiography of southern Africa, as well as the cultural history of Saturday-
morning cartoon watching.
Hildi Hendrickson is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Brooklyn campus of
Long Island University in New York City. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from
New York University. Her research interests include culture change, colonialism, semiot-
ics, ritual, cosmology, and the body, as well as African and Afro-Caribbean dance.
Deborah James teaches anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johan-
nesburg, South Africa, where she received her doctorate. She is an editor of
and her research interests include the music and popular culture of migration in
South Africa.
Adeline Masquelier is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University. She has
conducted research among the Mawri of Niger and is preparing a book on the bori cult
of spirit possession. Her more recent research has focused on the rise of fundamentalists
in Niger and the veil of Algerian women in the French colonial imagination. She has
published articles on the politics of healing, Islam, religious discourse, and ritual pro-
cesses in postcolonial Niger.
Elisha Renne received her doctorate in anthropology from New York University and
recently taught as a Fulbright Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Ahmadu Bello
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