Event : On April 21st, 2016, at 6.00 pm
Some elements of history are emphasised; others ignored or just mentioned differently. This debate will look into the ways History can be used and how it is presented in different education systems.
The panel will be composed of M. Walter Bgoya, Founder and Managing Director of the publishing house Mkuki na Nyota, M. Chambi Chachage, PhD student in history at Harvard University, Ms. Sophie Dulucq, professor of Modern History at the University of Toulouse, and Dr. Marie-Aude Fouéré, senior lecturer at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). The debate will be moderated by M. Gwamaka Kifukwe, programme coordinator at Uongozi institute.
The debate will be followed by the launch of the book Remembering Nyerere in Tanzania : History, Memory, Legacy, edited by Marie-Aude Fouéré, and published by Mkuti Na Nyota in association with the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA).
Join us for an evening of dynamic and stimulating exchanges!
Please find below Speaker’s and moderator’s biographies:
Walter Bgoya is a Tanzanian publisher, a children’s book author, founder and managing director of Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, an independent scholarly publishing company in Dar es Salaam as well as the chairman of the international African Books Collective.
From 1972 to 1990, he was the General Manager of the Tanzania Publishing House (TPH), which contributed to the literature that distinguished Dar es Salaam, internationally, as a centre with a fervent progressive and radical intellectual life. He is also a founding member of the African Publishers Network and was Chairperson of the jury for the NOMA Award for Publishing in Africa for 15 years until it closed in 2009. He has delivered numerous papers on the themes of reading, writing, publishing and the quest for an authentic African voice in the literary world. He also actively translates literature into Kiswahili, including books like The Little Prince from the original French.
Chambi Chachage (@udadisi) is a PhD candidate in African Studies with a primary field in History at Harvard University. His dissertation, Capitalizing Cities: The Emergence of Entrepreneurial Elites in African Commercial Capitals and the Growth of Black Business in the Global Economy, provides an historical account of the emergence of entrepreneurial elites as a social class in Africa. Together with Annar Cassam, he is the editor of Africa’s Liberation: The Legacy of Nyerere and a blogger at Udadisi: Rethinking in Action.
Sophie Dulucq is a professor of modern history at the University of Toulouse, where she teaches African colonial history, and historiography.
Among other publications, she is the author of: Écrire l’histoire de l’Afrique à l’époque coloniale (xixe- xxe siècles), Paris, Karthala, 2009, and more recently: Enseigner les colonisations et les décolonisations (xvie – xxe siècle), Créteil, Canopé, 2016 (in collaboration with Marie-Albane de Suremain and David Lambert). Her recent research has focused on the development of tourism in French colonial Africa. She is currently working on the judicial repression of ‘cannibalism’ in French colonies.
Dr. Marie-Aude Fouéré is a social and political anthropologist. She now works as a senior lecturer at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, France. She was Deputy Director of the French Institute for Research in Africa in Nairobi for 3 years (2011-2014). She has experience in the field of culture and development, as she worked at the UNESCO office in Dar es Salaam for several years, notably on refugee issues and cultural heritage in Tanzania and the Indian Ocean.
Her PhD research (2000-2004) was about ‘inter-ethnic joking relationships’ in Tanzania (utani wa jadi in Kiswahili), which she published in French in 2008. Currently, her main themes of research are racial and ethnic identities, citizenship and belonging, collective memories, and national imaginaries in Tanzania. Within this framework, she is conducting two research projects. One is concerned with the ways former President Julius Nyerere is remembered in contemporary Tanzania and how his varied memories are used in today’s political life. Her second research project deals with the contemporary memories of the 1964 Revolution and the early post-revolutionary years in Zanzibar. In 2015, she published with Mkuki na Nyota the edited volume Remembering Julius Nyerere in Tanzania: History, Memory, Legacy.
Gwamaka Kifukwe is a Tanzanian civil servant working at the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (UONGOZI Institute) based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He recently took up the position of Programme Coordinator Sustainable Development, after working as a researcher since joining in 2012. His primary responsibility is the coordination the Institute’s multi-year programme to develop leadership in Africa to appreciate and implement sustainable development and to support implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa. Among his responsibilities are the ‘Meet the Leader’ and ’In Focus’ TV interview shows, for which he is the host.
He was invited to join the World Economic Forum’s ‘Global Shapers Community’ in 2013 as a member of the Dar es Salaam Hub where he served as Curator for 2013/14 and is still a member. In 2014, he was selected as one of the five hundred inaugural Mandela-Washington Fellows (Public Management Track) from across Africa as part of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). In 2015, he was selected for the University of Cape Town’s Young African Leaders Programme (’Leading in Public Life’), returning in 2016 as a speaker. He has a PhD in geography from the University of Nottingham.
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