Bianca Dahl, PhD (University of Chicago, 2009)
Assistant Professor, Scarborough Campus
Office: MW 380
Field: Medical and sociocultural anthropology, anthropological demography, HIV & AIDS, children, humanitarianism, human rights, kinship, social stigma, affect/emotion; Botswana
My book manuscript explores the unexpected effects of foreign-funded aid institutions attempting to provide culturally sensitive supplemental care for Tswana children who have been orphaned during the HIV epidemic. Moving outside the confines of these aid organizations by following children into everyday spaces of village life, the research reveals how and why donations of material goods – and the emotional economies that accompany them – are forging newly problematic patterns of social relations in rural Botswana. My newer research tackles a public health puzzle surrounding an unexpected upsurge of social stigma against HIV-positive children in Botswana, even as the rates of mother-to-child transmission drop and infected children's chances of survival dramatically rise (epidemiological factors that are normally associated with decreased stigma).
2012 “Beyond the Blame Paradigm: Rethinking Witchcraft Gossip and Stigma around HIV-Positive Children in Southeastern Botswana.” African Historical Review 44(1):53-79.
2009. “The ‘Failures of Culture’: Christianity, Kinship, and Moral Discourses about Orphans during Botswana’s AIDS Crisis.” Africa Today 56(1):23-43.