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‘Representations of a Continent’ workshop

On 9th March Dr Tom Molony led a workshop entitled, ‘Representations of a Continent: Public and private visual images in data collection in Africa’.

Attendance was from staff and postgraduate students across the School, with presentations in the capacity venue from Professor Sandy Robertson on ‘Picturing Africa’, and on ‘Images as Alternative Narratives’, led by Dr Tom Molony and Dr Steve Kerr. Dr Kerr, who studied his Ph.D. at CAS and is an Honorary Fellow in the Centre, travelled to attend from Mwanza, where he is Lecturer in Research Methods at the St. Augustine University of Tanzania.


The discussions with participants – a good number of whom were from CAS – greatly helped Molony and Kerr in their planning for the practical, technical and ethical issues of an application they have since submitted to the British Academy. The proposed project plans to undertake research, in collaboration with Tanzanian institutions, that uses public and private photographs to unlock alternative narratives to the dominant discourse on the life of Julius Nyerere.


The workshop culminated in a seminar given on ‘Images and Counter-Images of the Zanzibar Revolution’ (or ‘How to Research and Make Use of Visual Representations in Research’), by Dr Martin Walsh, Research Methods Adviser for Oxfam GB. For more on Martin’s paper click on this link in his fascinating weekly blog – a must-read for budding anthropologists and East Africaphiles alike.