Allen F. Isaacman F'08, F'97, F'88

Allen F. Isaacman
Professor
History
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

ACLS Fellowship Program 2008
Professor
History
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Displaced People, Displaced Energy, Displaced Memories: A Social and Environmental History of the Building of the Cahora Bassa Dam [Mozambique], 1975-2007

This study explores the social, ecological, and cultural consequences of the building of the Cahora Bassa dam. It challenges the dominant state-centric narrative heralding dams as icons of modernity. Peasants, fisher folk, and the Africans who built the dam tell a very different story. When they speak of the dam, they recall memories of violent evictions from their flooded homelands and the disruption of community. They remember the harsh labor conditions on the dam site,and express concern over the decline of fish, the obliteration of sacred sites, and the fact that the highly visible power lines do not bring them electricity. In short, they offer an alternative narrative whose overarching themes are about displaced people, displaced energy, and displaced memories.

ACLS/SSRC/NEH Int. Postdoc. 1997
Professor
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Slaves, soldiers and the construction of ethnic identity: the Chikunda of South-Central Africa, 1650-1920

ACLS Fellowship Program 1988
Professor
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Community production, rural differentiation and peasant protest in Colonial Africa: the Mozambican forced cotton regime