Dr. Laurian Bowles reflects upon her family and the community she grew up in and how they shaped her relationship with imagination. She emphasizes being courageous in imagination and life, as well as unlearning and boundaries. Dr. Bowles discusses the importance of imagination in society, challenging norms, and creating change. She then describes the things she is currently imagining and also builds a fantastical, celestial, shapeshifting “ultimate self” and a self-growth and harm reduction based world. Dr. Bowles talks about how she enjoys loving and being loved and focuses on the importance of being forgiving. Lastly, she adds some final thoughts on imagination and thinking about how the body shapes the mind.
(Interview conducted on April 19th, 2021)
family, community, unlearning, intergenerational lessons and trauma, activism, social justice, community change, shapeshifting, self-growth, harm reduction, forgiveness
Dr. Laurian Bowles (she/her) is Chair & Associate Professor of Anthropology at Davidson College. Dr. Bowles’ research interests emphasize female migration and mobility within Africa and its diaspora, as well as ethnographic photography. At Davidson, she teaches visual and cultural anthropology and Africana Studies.