Grant TypeDissertation Fieldwork Grant
Institutional AffiliationMakerere U.
Grant numberGr. 9694
Approve DateOctober 5, 2018
Project TitleDamon, Lisa S., Makerere U., Kampala, Uganda - To aid research on 'The Barundi in Buganda: Not So Migrant Identities Based on Not So Ethnic Difference,' supervised by Dr. Lyn Ossome
Preliminary abstract: The study of population movements has been central to explaining social and political phenomena in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa from the colonial era to the present. In order to broaden our understanding of what constitutes migrant practices and its concomitant modes of identification, this ethnography proposes to explore the experience of Barundi travel and residency in Buganda (Central Uganda) from the late colonial period to the present. It asks: what is it about the Barundi experience of kurobera (which means disappearing for a time) that makes them not quite migrant, not quite native and not quite refugee in Buganda? How have their various experiences of travel and residency, exemplified by three waves (late 1950s, mid 1990s, and 2015-18), consolidated an infrastructure of operation that makes Uganda appear as an extension of a practical space of identification, belonging and livelihood? And lastly, can this extensive infrastructure be thought of as constituting a kind of transnational or regional citizenship that works in practice as a layering of relationships and identifications to people and places?