Lunch is included, registration is required:

Exploratory workshop with Bill Maurer and Daivi Rodima-Taylor. 

For background details, visit the IMTFI Blog: "Blockchain Narratives, Property and Belonging in Post-Soviet Eastern Europe"

Daivi Rodima-Taylor is a research associate and lecturer at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University. Her research focuses on fiduciary culture and financial inclusion, informal economies, migration and diaspora, land tenure, and post-conflict and post-authoritarian transitions. She has been leading Boston University’s interdisciplinary Pardee Center Task Force on migrant remittances and post-conflict development. She also leads the African Studies Center’s Diaspora Studies Initiative and co-chairs Land Mortgage Working Group with professor Parker Shipton. Rodima-Taylor has conducted longitudinal ethnographic research in Africa, taught anthropology and development studies, and published in academic and policy-oriented journals. Her undergraduate degree is from Tartu University, Estonia, and her doctorate is from Brandeis University.

Bill Maurer is dean of the School of Social Sciences, professor of anthropology and law, and director of the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI) at UC Irvine. As an anthropologist, he's interested in the broad range of technologies people have used throughout history and across cultures to determine value and conduct transactions. His recent research looks at how professional communities conceptualize and build financial technology, or “fintech,” and how consumers utilize it. After graduating from Vassar College, Maurer received his MA and Ph.D. in anthropology from Stanford University. As the IMTFI director, he coordinates research in over 40 countries on how new payment technologies impact people’s wellbeing. He was appointed to the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive and Sensory Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences in 2015. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2018, he was named the lead research fellow of the Filene Center for Emerging Technology.

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