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Africa expert outlines global debt impact

The impact of rising debt in developing countries will be examined in a lecture at the University this month.

Deborah James, a Professor of Anthropology from the London School of Economics, will deliver her Munro Lecture on Thursday 28 January.

It will be the first lecture in the 2016 series, which sees distinguished scholars address a range of topics in the fields of archaeology and anthropology.

Munro Lecture: Professor Deborah James

‘Life and Debt: a View from the South’ The event is free and not ticketed. No booking is required.

Thursday 28 January 2016, 5.15pm

Thursday 28 January 2016, 6.15pm

Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 5, Central Campus

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Further information about the lecture

Fresh perspective

Professor James will discuss how rising debt in countries in Southern Africa, Asia and South America affects the lives of families that live there.

She will argue that people living there should not be seen as victims of their countries’ financial status.

Their active engagement with the political and economic processes will be explored in the lecture.

Leading anthropologist

Professor James is a specialist in the anthropology of South and Southern Africa, and has recently begun research at in the UK.

Her work is broadly focussed on political and economic matters in the global south.

Her book Money from Nothing: Indebtedness and Aspiration in South Africa (Stanford University Press, 2014) looks at South Africa's national project of financial inclusion.

The initiative is aimed at extending credit to black South Africans.

Wide-ranging series

Further lectures in the programme look at economic developments in Central Europe and the history of commercial gambling.

For more information on the series, and to stay up-to-date with events, visit the Munro Lecture website.

The Munro Trust

The Munro Trust was established by Dr Robert Munro in 1910.

Dr Munro (1835-1920) was an Edinburgh graduate and a celebrated medical practitioner.

A keen archaeologist, he retired from practice in 1885 to devote himself to the subject.

He established the lecture series to bring scholars from across the globe to Edinburgh so that they could share their expertise on anthropology and archaeology.