Katrina Daly Thompson

Position title: Professor, Dept of African Cultural Studies

Email: katrina.daly.thompson@wisc.edu

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In Thompson’s first monograph, Zimbabwe’s Cinematic Arts: Language, Power, Identity  (Indiana University Press, 2012), she used critical discourse analysis to examine how cultural identity is produced, performed, and negotiated in talk and texts about film and television in Zimbabwe. Her next book, Gendered Lives in the Western Indian Ocean: Islam, Marriage, and Sexuality on the Swahili Coasta co-edited volume with Erin Stiles from Ohio University Press (2015), brought together anthropologists, historians, linguists, and gender studies scholars to examine Islam, sexuality, gender, and marriage on the Swahili coast and elsewhere in the Indian Ocean. Thompson’s second monograph, Popobawa: Tanzanian Talk, Global Misreadings (Indiana University Press, 2017), concerned the transgression of discursive taboos and cultural boundaries of gender and sexuality in Swahili talk about the supernatural.

Thompson’s current research focus is a multi-sited ethnography of progressive Muslim communities of practice in North America and online.

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