Biographical Information

My core research interests combine political economy and cultural politics approaches, and the use of ethnography among other methods, to understand the dynamics and spaces of social, economic, political and physical exclusion/inclusion in both agrarian and urban settings, at smaller and larger scales. I am particularly concerned with how these processes unfold and generate change – both symbolic and material – in contexts of displacement and crisis. Within this general framing, I have a special interest in the relationship between sustained crisis and different dimensions of state making and citizen making.  Partly reflecting some of these interests, I am responsible for the Research Platform at CAS on ‘Sovereignties and Citizenship’.  Geographically, most of my work has been focused on southern Africa, particularly Zimbabwe and to a lesser extent Mozambique. My most recently concluded project has been on Political Economies of Displacement, culminating in an edited volume due out in 2014 entitled Displacement Economies in Africa: Paradoxes of Crisis and Creativity. In addition to being a strongly empirically grounded collection (with cases from across the continent), its ambitions include a theoretical challenge to more classic conceptualisations of displacement.

Key Publications

Hammar, Amanda (ed), 2014. Displacement Economies in Africa: Paradoxes of Crisis and Creativity, London: Zed Press, Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainsitutet

Hammar, Amanda, 2014. ‘Displacement economies: paradoxes of crisis and creativity in Africa’, in Amanda Hammar (ed), Displacement Economies in Africa: Paradoxes of Crisis and Creativity, London: Zed Press, Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainsitutet, pp. 3-32.

Hammar, Amanda, 2014. ‘The Paradoxes of Class: Crisis, Displacement and Repositioning in Post-2000 Zimbabwe’, in Amanda Hammar (ed), Displacement Economies in Africa: Paradoxes of Crisis and Creativity, London: Zed Press, Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, pp. 79-104.

Hammar, Amanda, 2013. ‘Settling for Less? Zimbabwean Farmers and Commercial Farming in Mozambique’, in Bill Derman and Randi Kaarhus (eds.), In the Shadow of a Conflict: Crisis in Zimbabwe and its Effects on Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia, Harare, Weaver Press, pp. 92-120

Hammar, Amanda, 2012. Review essay of ‘Whiteness in Zimbabwe’ by David McDermott Hughes, Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol. 39, vol. 1, pp. 216-221