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Neil Kodesh Kodesh
Associate Professor

Email: kodesh@wisc.edu
Phone: (608)263-2395
Office: 5114 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 5023 Mosse Humanities

Office Hours: On Leave

Education: PhD: Northwestern University; MA: Northwestern University; BA: Pomona College

Bio Sketch:

I’m a historian of precolonial East Africa with a particular emphasis on the Great Lakes region. My research and teaching interests center on health and healing, historical anthropology, and methodologies for writing early African history. My first book, Beyond the Royal Gaze: Clanship and Public Healing in Buganda, won the Melville Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association. My current project examines the history of medical pluralism in the Great Lakes region from ca. 1000-1940. This project bridges precolonial ideas about health and healing with colonial ones in an effort to provide a novel perspective from which to examine the spread and reception of biomedicine in Africa during the first half of the twentieth century.

Selected Publications:

  • Beyond the Royal Gaze: Clanship and Public Healing in Buganda (University of Virginia Press, 2010): Webpage at University of Virginia Press
  • "Networks of Knowledge: Clanship and Collective Well-Being in Buganda," The Journal of African History 49, 2 (July 2008): 197-216.
  • "History from the Healer's Shrine: Genre, Historical Imagination, and Early Ganda History," Comparative Studies in Society and History, 49, 3 (July 2007): 527-552.
  • "Renovating Tradition: The Discourse of Succession in Colonial Buganda," The International Journal of African Historical Studies, 34:3 (2001), 511-542.

History Courses Taught:

Lecture Courses:

  • History 277 - Africa: An Introductory Survery
  • History 377 - History of Afirca 1500-1875
  • History 444 - History of East Africa

Undergraduate Seminars:

  • History 600 - Advanced Seminar in History - Topics: " The New South Africa: The Challenges of Transition in a Post-Apartheid World"; "Race and Ethnicity in 20^th -Century Africa"

Graduate Courses:

  • History 751: Proseminar in African History
  • History/Anthropology 774: Methods for Research in Non-Literate Societies
  • History 861 - Seminar - History of Africa - Topics: "Selected Topics in African History"; "History of Health and Healing in Africa"; "History of South Africa"
  • History 983 - Interdepartmental Seminar-African Studies - Topic: "Health, Disease, and Healing in Africa"
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