Dr A.D. Osbourne (Alana)

Assistant professor - Geography

Dr A.D. Osbourne (Alana)
Visiting address

Heyendaalseweg 141

Postal address

Postbus 9108

Working days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

My work is located at the intersection of anthropology, critical geography, post-colonial and black studies. I am concerned with the material and affective manifestations of coloniality and with the everyday strategies that urbanites deploy to work through them. In past research I investigated how violence and poverty are transformed into tourism experiences that can be purchased and consumed, and unpacked the inequalities that permeate such encounters. I have also carried out work on urban inequalities and insecurity, with ethnographic research in Kingston, Jamaica and in Brussels, Belgium. I approached these topics through a focus on the embodied, affective and atmospheric.

As someone interested in colonial continuities I currently work on a couple of projects that probe these issues, though in very different ways. The first project focuses on the recent ‘Parliamentary Commission on Belgium’s Colonial Past’ where I observed how official assemblies and grassroots tourism initiatives work issues of race and memory into - and through - the city. The second project I am developing probes the entanglements of museums, inorganic matter and outer-space travel.



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