THE MAJI MAJI REBELLION: NEW PERSPECTIVES AND NEW DIRECTIONS
A three-day workshop supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Carleton College, and The University of Iowa; to be held at Carleton College, November 8-11, 2001. Co-directors are Jamie Monson, Carleton College and James Giblin, University of Iowa.
This project brings together African, American and European scholars to study one of the most famous conflicts in 20th century Africa, the Maji Maji war of 1905-07 in Tanzania. Participants will investigate both empirical and theoretical issues. At an empirical level, we will explore the hidden history of Maji Maji -- the tensions and conflicts within African society that have been overlooked in previous interpretations. We expect this inquiry to produce deeper understanding of both warfare in colonial Africa and the reasons why many aspects of it have been overlooked in historians' accounts. Participants will move onto a more theoretical plane by asking how both scholarly and popular accounts of Maji Maji have been created from 1905 to the present. Here we will enter a debate about the nature of historians' narratives. We will be interested to explore the way scholarly texts and popular oral accounts of Maji Maji exert influence on one another. Both empirical and theoretical results of this project will be published in a volume of essays which will appear just before the centenary of Maji Maji.
MAJI MAJI WORKSHOP:
Jamie Monson, Carleton College History Department
507-646-4213 or 507-646-3826
Sue DeMalignon, Carleton College History Department