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David Olali

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Academic Professional Associate & Assistant Director

With a specialty that re-(de)-centers abscesses of scripturality, ontology of comparativity, and cogno-analytical investigations of the human-- as masters of, in/for/about meaning-(un)making, David's intellectual investments unravel the "scripture" --to scriptural--phenom in quotidian life. His scholarly endeavors investigate expansive rhetorical devices which, overdetermined, are (mis)labelled-scriptures. 

In terms of his broader scholarly interests, David re-centers the human within psycho-economic and socio-cultural landscapes which modes of being/becoming. His ongoing research offers opportunities that both invite and challenge (us into) new creative, critical, and reflexive thinking around histories of meaning, meaninglessness, and meaningfulness, whether of affective religions or of reconstructed irreligiosities, by locating viable intersections that (could) exist between religious and non-religious scriptures and their tropes of violence, as domains for negotiations in/of, or contest between and/or against human bodies as sites for the re- and/or de-embodiments of categories that inflect/reflect/deflect psychosocial and political authorials.

He is the Founding Director/President of the Comparative Heritage Project, a transdisciplinary research project that theorizes heritage formation, heritage promulgation, and heritage proliferation as the core loci of human existence (more at <>). He is the promulgator of the Comparative Complex Theory--or CCT for short.

Of note:


A Biography of Darkness: The Fate of an Inert Africa in the Global Pendulum, an International

Conference, November 4-6, 2013

Events featuring David Olali
Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S151

The African Studies Institute invites you to join us for the 2023 African Studies Fall Lecture on Thursday, November 9th, 2023 at 3:30 pm in room S151 at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. This year’s lecture will be delivered by Dr. David Olali, Academic Professional Associate and Assistant Director of the African Studies Institute. He…

214 Miller Learning Center or Zoom

 The African Studies Institute cordially invites you to attend APERO Lecture #1.

Title: Economy of Witchcraft and Terror in a World of Scripturalization.

If you can't attend in person, you can join us via Zoom.

Meeting ID: 927 8053 0389

Articles Featuring David Olali

A series of African Studies (AFST) and AFST cross-listed courses offered during the Spring 2024 semester are listed below. We are particularly pleased to introduce our newest addition – AFST 3950 Special Topics in African Studies: Introduction to Amharic…

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