In times of uncertainty and insecurity I like to think of a man the PILI crew call Mr Karibu. Mr Karibu is the elder of the family whose homes we used as the location of Pili’s house in Pwani. Mr Karibu got his nickname because of his use of ‘karibu’ which means welcome/you’re welcome/no problem … More Mr Karibu and Harambee
I decided to join Twitter a couple of weeks ago, something I have resisted for years. Universities see it as a good way of promoting research and engaging the public: I see it as a rabbit hole that I don’t need in my life. However I thought it would be a good way of … More #HLM2016AIDS and Tanzania’s Prisoners’ Dilemma
Last week I attended the Axa Research Fund Celebration where existing and future research into environmental, life and socio-economic risk was showcased. Sitting through this research presentation I thought about how far I had come in 10 days – the tasty canapés and central Paris location were as far away from Msata and daily … More The Risks of Making a Film about Risk
You know you need a break when you start thinking there is wisdom to be found in Donald Rumsfeld. As the holiday season is upon us and I am trying to wrap up as much as possible before going on leave, it is Rumsfeld’s idea of known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns that are … More Known Unknowns
Ministry of Health and Social Welfare I was at the office of the Director of Preventive Services, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare at 7.45 this morning. The office secretary beamed ‘we have your letter’ and handed me an envelope, I told her I loved her and gave her some cake to celebrate my 7th … More Can the fun bit start now? Please?
Zephania is Trans Tanz project manager and currently my right hand man for getting to where we need to be over these three weeks of recce/pre-production. Anstey is our translator supremo and a budding human rights lawyer. Both are a welcome tonic to a day of jumping through hoops for a letter. It also helps … More Logistics Dream Team
How do you theorise the state? This question has been asked of all Politics and International Relations scholars at some point in their lives. If this hasn’t been asked of you then you were never taught by Stuart Shields, dodged political economy/African Politics/theories of the state 101, or need to start thinking about this, if … More Form-filling, letters and the state