Paper seminar: The Messy Practice of Decolonizing a Concept: Everyday Humanitarianism in Tanzania

September 9th, 2021

As part of CBS Center for Business and Development Studies' research cluster "Knowledge in Global Development" (KGD) Dr. Consolata Raphael Sulley (University of Dar es Salaam and Visiting Researcher at CBS) and Prof. Lisa Ann Richey (CBS) presented their paper "The Messy Practice of Decolonizing a Concept: Everyday Humanitarianism in Tanzania" for a special issue on ‘Decolonizing the disciplines’ for the Review of International Studies. Their paper explores how decolonization should be grounded in the actual practices of research collaboration aimed at theory building as an iterative back-and-forth exchange, rather than a transplant of Northern theory on the South. Their attempts to decolonize an already established concept, from a certain positionality, exposes the challenges and 'messiness' that decolonization in practice entails. A special thank you to the discussants for a lively and valuable conversation and feedback!

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12th Mwalimu J.K.Nyerere intellectual festival

July 1st, 2021

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As part of the 12th Mwalimu J.K.Nyerere intellectual festival at the University of Dar es Salaam, EHTZ's senior researcher Dr. Consolata Sulley lectured at the opening ceremony The Quest for Pan African Unity: Current and Future Prospects. Her speech focused on the role and meaning of democratic elections in Tanzania. She concludes that the elections held in several African countries should be considered as 'elections without choice' as they fail to meet democratic standards. 

You can watch Dr. Sulley's lecture here

Presentation for Médecins sans frontières

June 23rd, 2021

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Illustration hanging on the wall in the Livingstone Memorial Museum in Ujiji in Kigoma Region in Western Tanzania. Photo: Pernille Bærendtsen.

EHTZ's PhD researcher, Pernille Bærendtsen gave a presentation for Doctors Without Borders (Denmark) at its summer school at Borups Højskole in Copenhagen. The presentation drew on research and her own practical experiences from development and humanitarian work in East Africa. She provided a background with departure in Tanzania’s history on slave trade, colonisation over independence to development with the case of Denmark’s engagement in Tanzania, as well as an overview of current critical discussions on humanitarian work in regards to the global South and North relationship, need for a new language, structural racism, decolonisation, as well as how humanitarianism and development commonly is communicated to Western audiences.

The presentation was followed by questions from the summer school participants.

African Studies Association 63rd Virtual Annual Meeting 

December 21, 2020

On November 20th EHTZ team organized a panel COVID-19 Convergence of Diplomacy, Pan-Africanism, & Humanitarianism at the ASA 63rd virtual annual meeting. In the panel chaired by Lisa Ann Richey our team presented two papers; The Gift of Covid Organics to Tanzania: Pan-Africanism, South-South Humanitarianism and Africa's place in the World was presented by Herbert Hambati and Lisa Ann Richey. Further, Rosemary Msoka, Opportuna Kweka and Simon Turner presented their paper Local Humanitarianism during covid-19 pandemic in Tanzania: observations and lessons from practices given to refugees in camps.

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