Marie-Aude Fouéré – Director
Marie-Aude Fouéré is a social and political anthropologist researching on collective memories, the uses of the past and the production of truth; ethnicity, nation and race; and African socialism. She mainly works in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar. She was IFRA’s Deputy Director in 2011-2014 and has been IFRA’s Director since september 2018, on a secondment from the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, where she is a tenure Associate Professor and full member of the Institut des mondes africains (IMAF, Paris). She is an associate researcher at Les Afriques dans le Monde (LAM, Bordeaux)
Her PhD thesis (published in 2008) was a deconstruction of the category of ‘joking relationship‘ as produced in colonial and structuralist anthropology, taking Tanzania’s utani as a case study. Since then, she has been researching and publishing about ethnicity, race and nationalism in Tanzania, notably focusing on the memory of former president Julius Nyerere and African Socialism (Ujamaa), and on the revolution of 1964 in Zanzibar. She is also looking at elections in East Africa.
She is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sources and Cahiers d’Afrique de l’Est and a member of the editorial board of: Cahiers d’Etudes africaines; and the Journal of Eastern African Studies.