Category: Re-Reading History

An Anti-Colonial “In the Mood for Love”

An Anti-Colonial “In the Mood for Love”

AUTHORS Amil Shivji, Hildegard Kiel The African film industry is small, chronically underfunded, and most of its productions remain limited to the domestic market. Only rarely do African films make it onto the international film circuit, and even less often do they win critical acclaim from abroad, making their occasional success all the more remarkable. Amil Shivji was born in Tanzania and is a lecturer at ...

Rosa Luxemburg: A Central European Revolutionary

Rosa Luxemburg: A Central European Revolutionary

Rosa Luxemburg (1871, Zamość, Poland–1919, Berlin, Germany) is one of the most fascinating and imposing revolutionary figures in modern European history and, at the same time, one of the most discussed to date. Her friends and adversaries emphasize the penetrating acuity of her intelligence, her great willpower, her lively and impatient temperament, her strong combative nature, and her great moral rigour. She was ...

“Kavazi (2014 – 2019): Jukwaa la kujifunzia, udadisi na mijadala”

“Kavazi (2014 – 2019): Jukwaa la kujifunzia, udadisi na mijadala”

Kavazi la Mwalimu Nyerere (NRC) lilianzishwa mwaka 2014 kama mradi huru uliokuwa chini ya Tume ya Sayansi na Teknolojia (COSTECH). Malengo ya NRC yalikuwa ni kutengeneza makavazi yatakayo tumika kwa ajili ya kutunzia nyaraka na machapisho mbalimbali yaliyokuwa yanapatikana wakati wa utekelezaji wa mradi wa uandishi wa Wasifu wa Mwalimu Nyerere (Mwalimu Nyerere Biography), na pia kuyafanya machapisho hayo yaweze kuwa ...

INTELLECTUAL HISTORIES IN POLITICAL  DISCOURSES IN EASTERN AFRICA

INTELLECTUAL HISTORIES IN POLITICAL DISCOURSES IN EASTERN AFRICA

The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation has commenced a three-year research project on the Intellectual Histories in Political Discourses in Eastern Africa. The research proposes to construct such a historical narrative by tracing the history of ideas and concepts that came to occupy both the dominant and subordinate politics since independence. The working hypothesis at this stage is that the history of ideas facilitates the ...

ONLY ONE THING: SOCIALISM - ROSA LUXEMBURG’S UNLIKELY RE-EMERGENCE IN NEOLIBERAL TANZANIA

ONLY ONE THING: SOCIALISM – ROSA LUXEMBURG’S UNLIKELY RE-EMERGENCE IN NEOLIBERAL TANZANIA

The name Rosa Luxemburg enjoys a special place in the struggles of the Tanzanian Left, secretly reuniting its fragments and later rejuvenating it when it was in retreat. The former happened during the era of radical nationalism (1960s and 1970s), and the latter during the era of neoliberal capitalist crisis (from 2007 onwards). Globally, the 1960s and 1970s were heady years for the Left. Click here to download  ...

Analysis: The rise and fall of the Arusha Declaration

Analysis: The rise and fall of the Arusha Declaration

By Issa Shivji | August 2017 The rise and fall of the Arusha Declaration on Socialism and Self-Reliance (Ujamaa) in Tanzania surely remains to be one of the key hallmarks of this nation’s political, economic and social fabric and outlook in general. While critically evaluating the main premises of Ujamaa, this article rigorously interrogates its relevance and application to the current socio-political situation. ...

Film: Sinema Ujamaa - Tracing the history of film in Tanzania

Film: Sinema Ujamaa – Tracing the history of film in Tanzania

Aylin Basaran | August 2017 Sinema Ujamaa is a documentary that reveals the history of film in Tanzania. Through their research collaboration, the Tanzanian film scholar and lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, Symphorian Belleghe and Aylin Basaran, an Austria-based scholar and film maker together with veterans of the early Tanzanian film industry enter into a complex journey.

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