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Julie Soleil Archambault

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Julie Soleil Archambault
My new book: Mobile Secrets
Office: S-H 1125-65 
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4466

I completed my PhD in anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) in 2010 and held several teaching positions in England, including at the London School of Economics, the University of Birmingham and the University of Oxford, before joining the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University in 2016.

Teaching activities

Teaching 2016-17

Honours seminar (ANTH 495)

Kinship and relatedness (ANTH 361)

Peoples and cultures of sub-Saharan Africa (ANTH 326)

History of anthropological thought (ANTH 301)

Writing ethnography (ANTH 620)



2017. Mobile Secrets. Youth, intimacy and the politicsof pretense in Mozambique, University of Chicago Press. 

Journal articles

Forthcoming. "Urban precarity and aspirational compromise: feeling otherwise in a Mozambican suburb”, City & Society, special issue on Urban Precarity.

2020. 'Concrete violence, indifference and future-making in Mozambique', Critique of Anthropology, 41(1).

2020. 'Rêves de béton et ontologies relationnelles dans une banlieue Mozambicaine', Anthropologie et sociétés 44(1).

2018. 'One beer, one block': concrete aspiration and the stuff of transformation in a Mozambican suburb, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 24(4):692-708. 

2017. Cementing the future: from crisis to prosperity?, The Corridor, Tau Tavengwa and Leonie Newhouse(eds.), Max-Planck Institute, p. 37-39. 

2016. Taking love seriously in human-plant relations in Mozambique: toward an anthropology of affective encounters, Cultural Anthropology, 31 (2): 244-271.

2013.Cruising through uncertainty: cell phones and the politics of display and disguise in Inhambane, Mozambique, American Ethnologist, 40(1):88-101.

2012. ‘Travelling while sitting down’: mobile phones, mobility and the communication landscape in Inhambane, Mozambique, Africa 82(3): 392-411.

2011.“Breaking up “because of the phone” and the transformative powers of information in Southern Mozambique”, New Media and Society, special issue on mobile communication and the developing world, 13(3):444-56.

2010. “La fièvre des téléphones portables: un chapitre de la ‘success story’ mozambicaine”, Politique africaine, no. 117:83-105.

2009. “Being cool or being good: researching mobilephones in Mozambique”, Anthropology Matters, 11(2), 1-9.

Book chapters

2014.“Rhythms of insecurity and the pleasure of anticipation”, in Ethnographies of Uncertainty in Africa, edited by David Pratten and Elizabeth Cooper, Palgrave Macmillan, 'Critical Contributions to the Ethnography of Development’ series, pp. 129-148.

2012. “Mobile phones and the “commercialization” of relationships: expressions of masculinity in Southern Mozambique”, in Genderand Modernity in Global Youth Cultures, edited by S. Dewey and K.B ison, Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, pp. 47-71.

2010. “ ‘À procura de rede’: redes de redistribuiçãoe modalidades de género na utilização do telefone móvel”, in EconomiaExtractiva e Desafios de Industrialização em Moçambique, edited by Luís deBrito, Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco, Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Economicos:Maputo, pp. 163-174. 

Blog posts

2020. "In shape in Mozambique: bodywork and the different qualities of body fat”, Food, Fatness and Fitness: Critical Perspectives

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