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Remembering Nyerere in Tanzania

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Marie-Aude Fouéré

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1Kelly Askew is Director of the African Studies Center and Associate Professor of Anthropology and Afroamerican/African Studies at the University of Michigan. Her works include Performing the Nation: Swahili Music and Cultural Politics in Tanzania (University of Chicago Press, 2002); African Postsocialisms (co-editor, Edinburgh University Press, 2006); The Anthropology of Media (co-editor, Blackwell, 2002); and two documentary films: Poetry in Motion: 100 Years of Zanzibar’s Nadi Ikhwan Safaa (70 min., 2012); The Chairman and the Lions (46 min., 2012).

2James Brennan researches the histories of twentieth-century Tanzania and Kenya, examining themes of urban history, decolonization, media history, and the Indian Ocean World. He is author of the book Taifa: Making Nation and Race in Urban Tanzania (Ohio University Press, 2012), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters.

3Marie-Aude Fouéré is a Lecturer in Anthropology at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris and was the Deputy Director of the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA) in Nairobi (2011-2014). Her first book was on joking relationship in Tanzania (L’Harmattan, 2008). Her current research interests cover collective memories, belonging and the use of archives in contemporary Tanzania, focusing on the figure of Julius Nyerere and the Revolution of 1964 in Zanzibar

4Emma Hunter has been a Lecturer in History and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, since 2008. Her first book, Languages of Democracy in Tanzanian Decolonization: Global Discourses and Local Politics, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. She is currently working on a new project, funded by the British Academy, called ‘Concepts of Democracy in mid-twentieth-century Africa’.

5Aikande Kwayu holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Nottingham and is a research affiliate of the University of Oxford. Her doctoral work analyzed the relationship between the UK government and faith group. She currently works as a research and development consultant at BUMACO Ltd. Tanzania. She is also a column contributor of the Continent Observer and runs a blog.

6Sonia Languille holds a PhD in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Her research interests cover the political economy of education in Africa, the textbook industry, and social mobilisation around school provision and aid management. She has an extensive professional experience as a development practitioner in education planning and financing, public finance management and decentralisation.

7Mary Ann Mhina originally became interested in representations of Nyerere in media and literature as an undergraduate student studying Swahili and Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) around the time of his death. Her interest in Tanzania continued as a post-graduate student Goldsmiths College London. She is now an independent writer, anthropologist and facilitator working on women’s rights, equality and literature in East and Southern Africa.

8Thomas Molony is Lecturer in African Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He is author of Nyerere: The early years (Oxford: James Currey, 2014), the most detailed account to date of Nyerere’s formative years as a student and his early political life leading up to his presidency of Tanzania.

9Kristin D. Phillips is a Lecturer in Anthropology and African Studies at Emory University who has studied citizenship, development, and social change in Singida Region in Tanzania since 2004. She is finishing a book manuscript, titled Subsistence Citizenship: Hunger, Development, and the Politics of Poverty in Tanzania. She has published and presented on numerous themes related to Tanzanian development, including education, participatory development, postcolonial policymaking, electoral politics, and food, farming and hunger.

10Olivier Provini is a PhD student in political science (Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, France) and a former research fellow at the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA) between 2011 and 2013. He works on transfers of higher education reforms in four public universities in East Africa: Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Makerere (Uganda), Nairobi (Kenya) and Burundi (Burundi).

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