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“Kuishi Ughaibuni” & “To Everyone Who Told Zanzis That They Are Not Omani”

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Prof. Franziska Fay (JGU Mainz) joins Dr. Philip Gooding (IOWC, McGill) to discuss two recent publications, “‘Kuishi Ughaibuni’: Emplaced Absence, the Zanzibar Diaspora Policy, and Young Men’s Experiences of Belonging Between Zanzibar and Oman” and “‘To Everyone Who Told Zanzis That They Are Not Omani’: Young Swahili-speaking Omanis’ Belonging in Postdiaspora Oman.” These two papers explore the Zanzibari diaspora while simultaneously deconstructing the category of “diaspora” itself.

Since 2021, Prof. Fay has been Assistant Professor of Political Anthropology at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz. She completed a PhD in Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS University of London in 2017 and then held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Goethe University Frankfurt from 2017–2021. Geographically, her research straddles the western Indian Ocean between the Arabian Peninsula and East Africa, addressing a number of themes including diaspora and language, youth and childhood, gender and ethnic identity.


Image Credit: “Retour d’école par la plage. Stone Town,” by Cécile Furet via Wikipedia Commons.

The Indian Ocean World Podcast is hosted by Dr. Philip Gooding and Dr. Julie Babin, produced by Sam Gleave Riemann, and published under the SSHRC-funded Partnership “Appraising Risk, Past and Present.”