Lu, Vivian Chenxue
My research interests surround the politics of contemporary mercantile work and commercial platforms of late capitalism. My current research project focuses on the notable, and at times notorious, presence and work of young Igbo Nigerian merchants in contemporary production and trade sites of everyday goods (i.e. clothes, electronics, building materials) across Africa, the Middle East & Asia. The project investigates how the currently decentralized importation landscape is transforming Nigeria and reconfigures economic potential and migratory constellations across the Global South. In particular, I am interested in masculinity & associational cultures, secessionist rhetoric & utopian imaginaries, racial & ethnic stereotyping, and ambition & creativity. I studied Anthropology & African Studies for my B.A. from Columbia University.