Dienstag, 10. Dezember 2013, 18:00 - 20:00 iCal


Religion and the Formation of “Unequal subjects”: Christian and Muslim Schooling in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Hansjörg Dilger (Institut für Ethnologie, FU Berlin)

Institut für Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 5, 1090 Wien


Over the last decade in Tanzania, parents and students’ quest for a good school has been shaped by the growing presence of religiously-motivated schools, especially in urban settings. The diverse social positioning and educational appeal of new Christian and Muslim schools in Dar es Salaam seems intimately intertwined with the continued weakening of state education as the result of privatization and World Bank educational policies since the mid-1990s to early 2000s. The growing stratification and commodification of the education sector is also tightly knitted with histories of inequality and religious difference in colonial and postcolonial Tanzania. It is further accelerated by the current diversification of ties between actors and institutions on the East African coast as well as actors in North America, Europe, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. The resulting re-inscription of religion in the public sphere has to be understood not so much as an ‘unintended side-effect’ of transnational reform processes, but more as part and parcel of multi-layered histories of schooling and Christian-Muslim relations in Tanzania.

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Ulrike Auer
Institut für Afrikawissenschaften