Amina & Gabriela: Love letter to David Graeber

Amina Alaoui Soulimani is a doctoral research fellow at HUMA, the Institute for Humanities in Africa. Amina holds an MSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics. Her current anthropological doctoral work at the university of Cape Town focuses on the ethics of care, AI and the future hospital in Morocco.

Gabriela Cabaña is a PhD candidate at the LSE anthropology department. Gabriela is a transdisciplinary scholar originally trained in Sociology in Chile, but also draws from political ecology and feminist theoretical perspectives. She is interested in the interplay between energy, bureaucracy, value, and degrowth. Her ethnographic work is focuses on energy transitions in southern Chile. Gabriela is part of Centro de Análisis Socioambiental (Centre of Social-Environmental Analysis); Red Chilena de Ingreso Básico (Chilean network of Basic Income) and the Basic Income Earth Network.

This is a special episode, a Love letter to David Graeber. Gabriela was taught a course by David at LSE, while Amina got to know him as a thesis supervisor there. Through the lived experiences of Amina and Gabriela we are exploring David’s contribution and legacy in action. What has stuck with them from the conversations they had with David and the academic interactions he created? Gabriela and Amina share beautiful examples from their individual encounters with David as an academic lead and a fellow human. We finally ask how to make someone like David possible in academia again and more? At the end they share their favourite readings. Listen to this conversation about a personal anthropological touch and the inheritance of David Graeber.

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Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology by David Graeber

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