Rosa  De Jorio

Associate Professor

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Sociocultural Anthropology; Critical Heritage Studies; Political Anthropology; Islam and Public Culture; Space and Gender; Migration, Culture and Globalization; Urban Movements

Education

1997 Ph.D. in Anthropology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
 

1989 M.Sc. in Social Anthropology
The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK

1987 Laurea in Lettere (B.A.) with specialization in Ethnology and Anthropology Universitá degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza,” Rome, Italy

Biography

De Jorio received a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a M.Sc. in social anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK; and a B.A. (Laurea) in Modern Literature with a specialization in ethno-anthropology from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” Italy.
 

De Jorio has carried out extensive fieldwork research in Mali, West Africa predominantly in urban areas. Topics of enquiry include the politics of culture; women’s networks and organizations; domestic rituals; Islam and the public sphere; and globalization. Her research was sponsored by several institutions including the Social Science Research Council, the Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities (MUCIA), and the Italian institute for African studies (Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente).

Awards

 

 

2009 - Recipient of the Disability Resource Center Empowerment Award

 

2004- Recipient of the first Outstanding International Service Award at the University of North Florida

 

1992-1993 - Honorary Fellow of the West African Research Association (WARA).

 

1991 - Joseph B. Casagrande Memorial Award, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Affiliations

American Anthropological Association
Association for Political and Legal Anthropology
Association for Humanistic Anthropology
Association for Feminist Anthropology
African Studies Association
Mande Studies Association (MANSA)
West African Research Association (WARA).
Institut des Sciences Humaines (Bamako, Mali)
Associazione Italiana per le Scienze Etnoantropologiche (Italy)
Instituto Italiano per L’Africa e L’Oriente (Italy)

Grants and Contracts Awarded

2004 - International Faculty Grant, University of North Florida, to conduct fieldwork in Mali on memory, colonization, and postcolonial politics during my one-year sabbatical (2004-05).

2003 - Summer Research Grant, University of North Florida, to carry out fieldwork in Mali on “Remembering/Forgetting Colonialism: The Struggle Over Colonial Monuments.”

2001 - Research Grant, Italian Institute for the Study of Africa and the Middle East (Instituto Italiano per L’Africa e L’Oriente), Rome, Italy, to carry out supplementary research on gender and cultural politics in the summer of 2001.

2001 - Summer Research Affiliate, Center for African Studies, University of Florida, to conduct library research on “Territorializing Democracy: The Expansion of the Public Sphere in Mali.”

2000 - Summer Research Affiliate, Center for African Studies, University of Florida, to conduct library research on Malian national culture and women’s factory work at the COMATEX, Ségou, Mali.

1998 - Summer Grant, Northeast Florida Center for Community Initiatives, Division of Sponsored Research and Training, University of North Florida, to conduct a team-based study on race relations in Jacksonville.

1996 - Travel Support Grant, Center for African Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-
Champaign, to present a paper at the Annual Meeting of the African Studies
Association, November 23-26, 1996, San Francisco, California.

1996 - Tuition Waiver, Graduate College, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

1995 - Travel Support Grant, Center for African Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-
Champaign, to present a paper at the annual meeting of the African Studies
Association, November 3 - 6, 1995, Orlando, Florida.

1994-95 - Graduate College Fellowship, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, for Ph.D. dissertation writing.

1994 - Conference Travel Support Grant, Graduate College, University of Illinois, Urbana-
Champaign, to present a paper at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, November 30 - December 4, Atlanta, GA.

1993-94 - International Doctoral Research Fellowship Program, Africa Program, Social Science
Research Council (SSRC), to conduct doctoral field research in Mali.

1993-94 - Fellowship, Women's Studies Program, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, to
conduct doctoral field research in Mali.

1993-94 - Research Grant, Center for African Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, to
conduct doctoral field research in Mali.

1993-94 - Graduate College Dissertation Research Grant, University of Illinois, Urbana-
Champaign, to conduct doctoral field research in Mali.

1993-94 - Ph.D. Dissertation Research Grant, Midwest Universities Consortium for International
Activities (MUCIA), to conduct doctoral field research in Mali.

1992-1993 - Honorary Fellow of the West African Research Association (WARA).

1991 - Summer Research Grant, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-
Champaign, to conduct preliminary doctoral field research in Mali.

1991 - Summer Research Grant, Center for African Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-
Champaign, to conduct preliminary doctoral field research in Mali.

1991 - Joseph B. Casagrande Memorial Award, Department of Anthropology, University of
Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, for the year's best graduate student summer proposal
submitted to the Department of Anthropology.

1990 - Foreign Language Enhancement Program (FLEP) Scholarship, CIC-FLEP, to study
intensive Bambara at Indiana University, Summer semester.

1989-90 - Graduate College Fellowship, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, for graduate
study in the Department of Anthropology.

Publications & Presentations

 

 

ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

Rosa De Jorio 2010. Between Dialogue and Contestation: Gender, Islam, and the Challenges of a Malian Public Sphere.” (republished) In Osella, Filippo and Benjamin Soares (eds.) Islam, Politics, Anthropology. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010 (pp. 91-106).

 

———.2009. Da siti sacri a patrimonio pubblico: il caso di Djenné Mali” (From Sacred Sites to Public Patrimony: The Case of Djenné, Mali). In Paola Bacchetti e Vanni Beltrami (eds.) Afriche: Scritti in Onore di Bernardo Bernardi. Rome: Istituto Italiano per l’ Africa e l’Oriente.

 

———.2009. “Between Dialogue and Contestation: Gender, Islam, and the Challenges of a Malian Public Sphere.” Man: The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, UK.

 

De Jorio, Rosa and Maria Grosz-Ngaté. 2007. Women, Gender, and Memory: Sub-Saharan Africa.” Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Vol. 6 (pp. 47-51). Leiden (The Nethelands): Brill.

 

De Jorio, Rosa. 2006. “Politics of Remembering and Forgetting: The Struggle over Colonial Monuments in Mali.” Africa Today 52(4): 79-106.

 

———.2005. "Kinship" (pp. 1195-1199). In Horowitz, Maryanne Cline (ed.) New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, Vol. 3. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons.

 

———.2003. “Narratives of the Nation and Democracy in Mali: A View

from Modibo Keita’s Memorial.Cahiers d'Études Africaines 172 (4): 827-855.

 

———. 2002. “When is ‘Married’ Married?: Multiple Marriage Avenues in Urban Mali.” Mande

            Studies 4: 31-44.

 

 

———. 2002. “Gendered Museum, Guided He(tour)topias: Women and Social Memory in Mali.”

            Polar: The Political and Legal Anthropology Review 25 (2): 50-72.

 

———. 2001. “Women’s Organization, the Ideology of Kinship, and the State in

            Postindependence Mali.” In New Directions in Anthropological Kinship, edited by Linda

            Stone, 322-340. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

 

———. 2001. “Negoziare Tradizioni e Modernità: il Museo della Donna ‘Muso Kunda’ a Bamako,

            Mali” (Negotiating Traditions and Modernity: The Woman’s Museum ‘Muso Kunda’ in

            Bamako, Mali).  Etnosistemi 8 (8): 79-90.

 

———. 2001. “Malian National Culture.” In Countries and Their Cultures. Vol III, edited by

            Melvin Ember and Carol R. Ember, 1384-1399. New York: Macmillan Reference USA. 

 

———. 1997. “Film Essay Reviews: Intersections of Local and Global Processes in Africa: On

            Multivocality and Context.” American Anthropologist 99 (2): 372 - 379.

 

———. 1996. “Modelli Divergenti e Strategie del Matrimonio nel Mali Contemporaneo”

            (Competing Models of Marriage in Mali, West Africa). Africa, LI (4): 518-534.

 

———. 1993. “Incontro con le Donne Bambara” (Fieldwork Experiences Among Urban Women

in Mali). Africa e Mediterraneo 5: 19-28.

 

———. 1992. “Women's Harambee' in Kenya” Association of Concerned African

            Scholars Bulletin. Special Issue: Women in Africa. 26-37: 6-15.

 

SPECIAL ISSUE EDITOR

De Jorio, Rosa. 2006. Introduction to Special Issue on “Memory and the Formation of Political Identities in West Africa” Africa Today 52(4): v-ix.

 

———. 2002. Introduction to Special Issue on “Narratives of the Past/Sites of Memory: Constructing Social, Religious, and Political Identities in the Postcolony.” Polar: The Political and Legal Anthropology Review 25 (2): 1-4.


De JorioContact Information

Building 51, Room 2209

(904) 620-1642

rdejorio@unf.edu