New publication on Remembering the Revolution in Zanzibar by M.A Fouéré & W.C. Bissel (eds) : “Social Memory, Silenced Voices and Political Struggle”


This volume focuses on the cultural memory and mediation of the 1964 Zanzibar revolution, analyzing its continuing reverberations in everyday life. The revolution constructed new conceptions of community and identity, race and cultural belonging, as well as instituting different ideals of nationhood, citizenship, and sovereignty. As the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the revolution revealed, the official versions of events have shifted significantly over time and the legacy of the uprising is still deeply contested. In these debates, the question of Zanzibar identity remains very much at stake: Who exactly belongs in the islands and what historical processes brought them there? What are the boundaries of the nation, and who can claim to be an essential part of this imagined and embodied community?

Marie-Aude Fouéré is an anthropologist at EHESS, Paris, who researches on Tanzania. From 2011 to 2014, she did her research at the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nairobi) where she worked as the Deputy director. She has several publications « les relations à plaisanteries » published in 2008. Over the last 10 years, she has been focusing on the relationship between memory, identity and politics, notably the memoirs of Julius Nyerere, the founding father of Tanzania and the Zanzibar Revolution of 1964.

The research as well as the publication of this book by Mkuki Na Nyota (Publishers, Dar Es Salaam) has been supported by the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nairobi).

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