Faculty Colloquium Series: Dinah Hannaford

Having It All Overseas: Aid Workers and the International Division of Reproductive Labor

Tuesday, 29 January 2019, 4-5 p.m.
Location: 311 Glasscock Building
The paper is available to members of the Center’s listserv, or by contacting the Glasscock Center by phone at (979) 845-8328 or by e-mail at glasscock@tamu.edu.

Dinah Hannaford | Associate Professor, Department of International Studies, 2018-19 Glasscock Faculty Research Fellow, Texas A&M University

Abstract:
Hannaford’s book project uses the relationships between international aid workers and their domestic employees as a prism for exploring issues of race, gender, privilege and power in the international development industry. Through ethnographic interviews with development workers in Senegal and with the Senegalese maids, nannies, cooks, security guards and drivers who work for them and participant observation in Dakar, Hannaford examines the myriad contractions and complications of the lived work of development practice. The pre-circulated piece from this project argues that the post-colonial underdevelopment and poverty that aid work addresses is paradoxically critical to expat aid workers’ own access to affordable care, family balance and the means to do their jobs. Hannaford puts this insight into the larger scholarly conversation about domestic work and global inequality, including the global care chain.


The Faculty Colloquium offers faculty an opportunity to discuss a work-in-progress with colleagues from different disciplines. By long-standing practice, colloquium presenters provide a draft of their current research, which is made available to members of the Glasscock Center listserv. Each colloquium begins with the presenter’s short (10-15 minute) exposition of the project, after which the floor is open for comments and queries. The format is by design informal, conversational, and interdisciplinary.

The Glasscock Center extends a warm invitation to faculty and students to join in a discussion of Dinah’s work-in-progress. The paper is available to members of the Center’s listserv, or by contacting the Glasscock Center by phone at (979) 845-8328 or by e-mail at glasscock@tamu.edu. To join the Center’s listserv and receive regular notices of colloquia and other events, please register at http://bit.ly/2xn65yR.