Dr. Lara Rosenoff Gauvin

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Dr. Lara Rosenoff Gauvin

Assistant Professor
Office: 446 Fletcher Argue
Email: Lara.RosenoffGauvin@umanitoba.ca
Website: http://www.lararosenoffgauvin.com/

PhD (University of British Columbia)
MFA (Ryerson University)



Recent Courses:

  • ANTH 1220 - Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 2000 - Culture, Society, and Power
  • ANTH 4780/7900 - Museums, Memory, Witnessing

Areas of Specialization:

Armed Conflict, Indigenous Knowledge, Social Repair, Transitional Justice, Land Tenure, Kinship, Museum Studies, Multimodal Methodologies, Uganda, East Africa.

Current Research:

My current research continues collaboration with one extended family (clan) in Acoliland, Northern Uganda. Examining community initiatives, concerns, and discourse, we will create a public oral history (with radio broadcasts) on land in the post-conflict and post-displacement context. Building on previous work on Acoli indigenous governance, and more broadly, Acoli indigenous knowledge as social repair, I am interested in conceptions around land, and people-land relationships after the recent period of prolonged displacement and violence. However, I am most interested in being useful as a scholar to my longtime hosts and collaborators.

Recent Publications:

  • 2019 Love in and After War: Courtship (Cuna) in Rural Acoliland, Northern Uganda (Chapter 12), in Africa Every Day: Fun, Leisure, and Expressive Culture on the Continent, Kemi Balogun, Lisa Gilman, Melissa Graboyes, and Habib Iddrisu (eds.). Ohio: Ohio University Press.

  • 2015 Tekwaro Pabwoc. 65-page community workbook, in collaboration with members of Pabwoc clan.

  • 2014 With Erin Baines. Motherhood and Social Repair after War and Displacement in Northern Uganda. Journal of Refugee Studies. 27(2): 282-300

  • 2012 Lara Rosenoff Gauvin. In and Out of Culture: Okot p'Bitek's Work and Social Repair in Post-Conflict Acoliland. Oral Tradition. 28(1): 35-54

Other Outputs:

Art-based (selected):

  • 2018 Presence: Exhibiting Anthropology. Exhibit Curator, McGill University.

  • 2017 The Land Grows People/Ngom Pito Dano (photo). Artist. Exterior public viewing, Clarke and William St., Vancouver.

  • 2016 The Land Grows People/Ngom Pito Dano (photo). Artist. The Lobby Gallery, Vancouver.

  • 2014 The Lobby Gallery at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, Vancouver. Founder, and Curator from 2009-2014.

Conference Presentations (selected):

  • 2019 Ethics and Methods of Human Rights Work: Exploring Both Theoretical and Practical Approaches. With Shayna Plaut, Maritza Felices Luna, Christina Clark Kazak, and Neil Bilotta. Social Practice of Human Rights. Oct.4.

  • 2019 Innovative Translation in Search of Reconciliation and Rights: Acoli Indigenous Constitutions in Post-Conflict Uganda. Canadian African Association. May 16-19.

  • 2018 Using Digital Media in an Age of Participatory Research: Hearing Difficult Emotions, Learning with Participants, and Transferring Knowledge to Wider Audiences. With Audrey Rousseau, Ioana Radu, Lisa Ndejuru, and Leila Qashu. Oral History Association Annual Conference, Oct. 10-14.

  • 2018 Outside the Frame of Violence: Making Media During and After War and Displacement in Northern Uganda. Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies Annual Conference, May 22-25.

  • 2016 Artistic Practice and Histories of Upheaval: To Disrupt, Interrogate, or Comfort. A Collaborative Performance with Julie Okot Bitek, Ayumi Goto, Peter Morin, and Afuwa, Society for Applied Anthropology, March 28-April 2.