People

Dr. Franziska Fay

Associaten Researcher

Regional focus: Zanzibar, Swahili Coast, Oman, Western Indian Ocean

Franziska Fay is a visiting research fellow with the Oman Research Grant, sponsored by the Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science.

Building on preliminary fieldwork with young people in Zanzibar and Oman in 2018 and 2019, this project explores the following questions: What does it mean to be a ‘young’ (below the age of 35) Swahili-speaker in Oman? How do young people make sense of their Omani identities while also speaking Swahili? What are the implications of also speaking Swahili in a majority Arabic-speaking state? Where do these young people positions themselves on the spectrum of the so-called Zanzibar Diaspora? The approach aims to offer a more nuanced understanding of contemporary and translocal Omani/Zanzibari identity formation. Foregrounding young Swahili-speaking Omani’s perspectives in the transnational process of identity formation – both as youth and as citizens – can offer new insights on what it means to be ‘young’, ‘Omani’, a ‘Swahili-speaker’, and a second or third generation (post-)diasporan.

Dr. Franziska Fay
Dr. Franziska Fay

Education

2017
PhD in Anthropology and Sociology, no corrections/summa cum laude School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, UK (Thesis: Perilous Protection: Discipline, Chastisement and Child Protection in Schools in Zanzibar)
2013
MARes/MPhil in Social Anthropology/Anthropological Research Methods, distinction School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, UK
2011
Magistra Artium in Education/African Linguistics (Swahili)/Cultural Anthropology, distinction Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany (Thesis: The Promotion of Education in the German Development-oriented Emergency and Transitional Aid)

Positions

10/12/2020
Oman Research Grant – Visiting Research Fellow at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) Berlin
2019 - 2021
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Johanna Quandt-Jubiläumsfonds) Normative Orders – Research Centre Goethe University Frankfurt
2017 - 2019
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Cluster of Excellence ‘Normative Orders’ Goethe University Frankfurt

Publications

Monographs
2021
Disputing Discipline. Child Protection, Punishment and Piety in Zanzibar Schools. Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies. New Brunswick/New Jersey/London: Rutgers University Press. (forthcoming 16 April 2021)
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
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Living with Absence: Waiting Youth, Belonging, and the Contemporary ‘Zanzibar Diaspora’. Journal of Indian Ocean World Studies - Special Issue, Edited by Walker, Iain and Martin Slama. (in preparation)
2019
Looking at and Seeing Beyond Young People’s Photographs of ‘Child Protection’ in Zanzibar. On Children as Diagnosticians of their own Well-being. MAT – Medicine Anthropology Theory Vol 6(4): 80-100. http://doi.org/10.17157/mat.6.4.704
2019
Decolonizing the Child Protection Apparatus: Revisiting Child Rights Governance in Zanzibar. Childhood 26(3): 321-336 [Special Issue: Child Rights Governance] https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0907568219847256
2018
The Impact of the School Space on Research Methodology, Child Participation and Safety: Views from Children in Zanzibar. Children’s Geographies, 16:4, pp. 405-417. Published online: 26 June 2017 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14733285.2017.1344770
2016
The Meaning of Adabu and Adhabu for the ‘Child Protection’ Discourse in Zanzibar. SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research, Vol 9 (2016). https://www.soas.ac.uk/research/rsa/journalofgraduateresearch/edition-9/file117443.pdf
Book Chapters
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Between ‘malezi ya jamii’ and ‘malezi ya kisasa’: Changing Temporalities and Spaces of Child Rearing in Zanzibar. Edited by Fouere, Marie-Aude, Kaarsholm, Preben and Iain Walker. (under review)
2020
The Diverse Normative Orders of Being Young and Being Safe in Zanzibar. In: Navigating Normative Orders: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Edited by M. Kettemann. Frankfurt/New York: Campus.
2019
(with Rachel Burr). Child Protection Across Worlds: Young People’s Challenges Within and Outside of Child Protection Programmes in UK and Zanzibar Schools. In: Imoh, A. T.-D. et al. (eds.) (2018) Global Childhoods Beyond the North-South Divide. Palgrave Studies on Children and Development/Springer Int. Publishing. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-95543-8_10#citeas
Book Reviews
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review of [Swahili Muslim Publics and Postcolonial Experience. by Kai Kresse (2018), Bloomington: Indiana University Press], Social Anthropology/ Anthropologie Sociale, tbc. (forthcoming)
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review of [Island in the Stream: An Ethnographic History of Mayotte. by Michael Lambek (2018), Toronto/Buffalo/London: University of Toronto Press], Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, tbc. (forthcoming)
2016
review of [Discourses of Discipline. An Anthropology of Corporal Punishment in Japan's Schools and Sports. by Aaron L. Miller (2013), Berkeley, California: Institute of East Asian Studies], Children’s Geographies, Vol 15 (3): 381-383. DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2016.1189236
Academic Blog Posts
2015
Life after Fieldwork: Of Leaving the Field, Entering Liminality and Relocating the Mind. www.allegralaboratory.net , http://allegralaboratory.net/life-after-fieldwork-of-leaving-the-field-entering-liminality-and-relocating-the-mind-fieldnotes/
2015
Cultivating Childhood: Researching Protection and Personhood on a Western Indian Ocean Island. www.allegralaboratory.net , http://allegralaboratory.net/cultivating-childhood-researching-protection-and-personhood-on-a-western-indian-ocean-island/