Post-socialism in Tanzania : a national imagination at test
Call for Papers Deadline:
Call for papers for a special issue of the journal Politique Africaine :
The issue aims to propose an original insight into the recent political, economic and social changes in contemporary Tanzania. This issue purports to gather contributions by researchers in political science, sociology, history and social anthropology. Building upon a detailed description and analysis of the current processes of transformation, and their effects, they will undertake a critical reflection on the new imaginaries of the Tanzanian nation which such changes unveil. The current major social and economic changes which can be seen today produce underground resistance and/or open contestation which are permeated by new expressions and representations of the national community. It will be particularly adequate to account for relations of congruence and opposition between past representations of the nation – built upon Nyerere’s ideology relating to socialist and humanistic principles – and the multiple contemporary imaginaries which range from classic state nationalism and “ordinary nationalisms” to renewed forms of ethnic, racial and religious community politics.We will select works deriving from intensive and local fieldworks which provide up-to-date first-hand data. These works will fully include, on the one hand, the national and global levels within which the locality of fieldwork is embedded, and on the other, the various temporalities which combine to produce political representations. Without neglecting institutions (political parties, government) as privileged sites for the construction of national imagination, it would be appropriate if proposals explore different social spheres where representations of the polity are articulated and put into practice.
One-page proposals should be sent to Dr.Marie-Aude Fouéré (email@example.com) by email before 15 July 2009. As an indication, the final version of the selected contributions should be submitted by 30 January 2010.
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales(EHESS)
Centre d’études africaines
96 bd Raspail
75006 PARIS (FRANCE)
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