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Emily Callaci

Emily Callaci is an historian of modern Africa. Her interests include urban history, popular culture, gender, sexuality and reproductive politics. Her first book, Street Archives and City Life: Popular Intellectuals in Postcolonial Tanzania, explores the creative lives of urban migrant youth to the city of Dar es Salaam during Tanzania’s socialist era, from 1967 through 1985. She is currently working on two new book projects. The first is a study of reproductive technology, family planning and the search for health and reproductive justice in sub-Saharan Africa in the 1960s-1980s. The second examines the intellectual and social history of the global Wages for Housework Movement of the 1970s.

As the planet burns and pandemics rage, Selma James’s work with the Wages for Housework movement shows that we ignore the labor of care at our own peril.

Emily Callaci