For 20 years from 1990 to 2010 I carried out research in the Cameroon Grassfields. My work there focused on collective memories of slavery and political violence and how these affected the contemporary – and still fraught – relations between youth and elders. In 2002 I co-edited a book on youth in Africa with Alex de Waal that brings together the Issue Papers prepared for the Pan African Forum on the Future of Children in Africa, jointly held by UNICEF and the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in Cairo in May 2001. My monograph, The Intestines of the State: Youth, Violence and Belated Histories in the Cameroon Grassfields, came out with the University of Chicago Press in 2007. I broadened my investigation into collective memory in Remembering Violence: Anthropological Perspectives on Intergenerational Transmission (Berghahn 2010), a book I co-edited with Katharina Schramm on the relationship between violence and memory which brings together case studies from round the world, including Africa, Asia, Europe, Central and South America, and the Middle East. In 2012, with the support of a research grant from the ESRC, I began a new research project on Chios; an Aegean island which in 1822 suffered a massacre at the hands of the Ottomans following an insurrection. My research examines the ways in which this massacre and other more recent upheavals on the island are remembered there today in the light of the sovereign debt crisis currently afflicting Greece.
- PhD (University College London)
Newest selected publications
Argenti, N. and Knight, DM. (2015) 'Sun, wind, and the rebirth of extractive economies: renewable energy investment and metanarratives of crisis in Greece'. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 21 (4). pp. 781 - 802. ISSN: 1359-0987 Open Access Link
Argenti, N. (2014) 'Mascarades d'enfants:entre guerre et ritual au royaume d'Oku (Cameroun)', in Coquet, M. and Macherel, C. (eds.) Enfances: pratiques, croyances et invetions. Paris : CNRS.
Argenti, N. (2013) 'Follow the wood: Carving and political cosmology in Oku, Cameroon', in Littlefield Kasfir, S. and Förster, T. (eds.) African Art and Agency in the Workshop. Indiana University Press. ISBN 13: 9780253007414.
Argenti, N. and Durham, D. (2013) 'Youth', in Parker, J. and Reid, R. (eds.) The Handbook of Modern African History. Oxford : Oxford University Press.
Argenti, N. (2011) 'Things of the ground: Children's medicine, motherhood and memory in the Cameroon grassfields'. Africa, 81 (2). pp. 269 - 294. ISSN: 0001-9720 Open Access Link