Paolo Gaibazzi is a Senior Researcher at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin. After obtaining his PhD in Anthropology of the Contemporary from the University of Milan-Bicocca in 2010, he served as a lecturer at the University of Latvia, and then joined ZMO in 2012. He has authored Bush Bound: Young Men and Rural Permanence in Migrant West Africa (Berghahn 2015), an ethnography of immobility and social reproduction among Soninke speakers in the Gambia. He has also published on post-slavery, migration governance and borders, youth and cosmologies of fortune. He is currently working on West African traders in Angola.