Prof. Dr. Kai Kresse
Regular/recent events and relevant links
Berlin Anthropology Seminars (BAS), with IfSKA, FU-Berlin, and Ethnologisches Museum
Swahili Baraza Berlin (BALAKI-Be), with Dr. Lutz Diegner, IAAW, HU-Berlin
Working Group Thinkers and Theorizing from the South & co2libri, with FU-Berlin & HU-Berlin
2021 Webinar: Islands in a Cosmopolitan Sea: A History of the Comoros
2019 Review (videoclip): Prof. Hamza Mustafa Njozi (Muslim University Morogoro, Tanzania) on Kai Kresse's "Swahili Muslim Publics and Postcolonial Experience"
OtherFurther research projects and collaborations:
co2libri - Conceptual Collaboration: Living Borderless Research Interaction
RePLITO - Beyond Social Cohesion: Global Repertoires of Living Together
2018, Swahili Muslim Publics and Postcolonial Experience in Coastal Kenya. Indiana University Press. African edition 2019, Dar es Salaam: Mkuki na Nyota. Currently being translated into Swahili by W. Mkufya, for publication with Mkuki na Nyota
Brunotti, Irene. Mapitio: Swahili Muslim Publics and Postcolonial Experience. Kai Kresse. 2018. Swahili Forum 27, 2020.
Ference, Meghan E. Swahili Muslim Publics and Postcolonial Experience. Kresse, Kai. American Ethnologist, 2019.
Mathews, Nathaniel. Kresse, Kai. 2018. Swahili Muslim Publics and Postcolonial Experience. Africa Today 66 (1), 2019.
Ndaluka, T. J. Swahili Muslim Publics and Postcolonial Experience, written by Kai Kresse. Utafiti 14, 2019.
- Singleton, B.D. Kresse, Kai. Swahili Muslim publics and postcolonial experience. CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 56 (10), 2019.
Stiles, Erin E. Kresse, Kai. Swahili Muslim Publics and Postcolonial Experience. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 27 (4), 2021.
2007, Philosophising in Mombasa: Knowledge, Islam, and intellectual practice on the Swahili coast. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press for the International African Institute.
2017, (Editor & translator) Guidance (Uwongozi) by Sheikh al-Amin Mazrui. Selections from the first Swahili Islamic newspaper. A Swahili-English edition. Translated with Hassan Mwakimako. Foreword by A. Mazrui and H. M.K. Mazrui. Series ‘African Sources for African History,’ Leiden: Brill.
2016, (Editor, with Rose Marie Beck) Abdilatif Abdalla: Poet in Politics. Dar es Salaam: Mkuki wa Nyota Publishers.
2009, (Editor, with Trevor Marchand) Knowledge in Practice: Expertise and the Transmission of Knowledge. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
2007/8, (Editor, with Edward Simpson) Struggling with History: Islam and Cosmopolitanism in the Western Indian Ocean. London: Hurst/New York: Columbia University Press.
2005, (Editor) Reading Mudimbe, special issue of Journal of African Cultural Studies, vol. 17/1 (with articles by W. van Binsbergen, N. Lazarus, L. Brenner, K. Kresse).
1997, Editor, with A. Graness. Sagacious Reasoning: H. Odera Oruka in memoriam. Frankfurt and New York: Peter Lang. 1999. African edition, by East African Educational Publishers, Nairobi.
2016, ‘Kenya: Twendapi? Re-reading Abdilatif Abdalla’s pamphlet fifty years after Independence’ (with a translation of the Swahili original), Africa: Journal of the International African Institute 86(1), 1-32. (Read here)
2013, “On the skills to navigate the world, and religion, for coastal Muslims in Kenya“, in Magnus Marsden and Kostas Retsikas (eds), Articulating Islam: Anthropological Approaches to Muslim Worlds, Amsterdam: Springer Press, 77-99. (Read here)
2012, “Interrogating ‘cosmopolitanism’ in an Indian Ocean setting: Mombasa and the Swahili coast”, in D. Maclean and S.K. Ahmed (eds), Cosmopolitanism in Muslim Contexts: Models from the Past. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 31-50. (Read here)
2011, “Auf dem Weg zu mehr Interdisziplinarität und Zusammenarbeit bei der Erforschung der philosophischen Traditionen in Afrika”, in: Polylog: Zeitschrift fuer interkulturelle Philosophie, Vol. 25, 115-131. Vienna. (Read here)
2009, “Muslim politics in postcolonial Kenya: Negotiating knowledge on the double-periphery”, in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI). Special issue on anthropology of Muslim politics, edited by B. Soares and F. Osella, 76-94. (Read here)
2009, “Knowledge and intellectual practice in a Swahili context: ‘wisdom’ and the social dimensions of knowledge”, in Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, vol. 79/1, 148-167. (Read here)
2011, ‘Between Africa and India: thinking comparatively across the western Indian Ocean’, ZMO Working Papers 5, 1-15. Co-authored with Edward Simpson. (Read here)
2011, “Enduring relevance: samples of oral poetry on the Swahili coast”, in Wasafiri: Journal of Contemporary Writing, special issue on Indian Oceans oral literatures (edited by Stephanie Jones), vol. 26/2, 46-49. (Read here)
2003, "'Swahili Enlightenment?' East African reformist discourse at the turning point: the example of Sheikh Muhammad Kasim Mazrui", Journal of Religion in Africa Vol.33 (3), special issue on Islamic thought in Africa, 279-309. (Read here)
2002, "Towards a postcolonial synthesis in African philosophy - conceptual liberation and reconstructive self-evaluation in the work of Okot p'Bitek", in O. Oladipo (ed), Issues in African Philosophy. Essays in honour of Kwasi Wiredu. Ibadan: Hope Publishers, 215-232. (Read here)
1998, "Izibongo - the political art of praising: poetical socio-regulative discourse in Zulu society", in Journal of African Cultural Studies, Vol. 12, No. 2, 171-196. (Read here)
A complete list of publications is available here (December 2018)
Supervised doctoral projects
PhD supervisor, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin:
Santram Antil, since June 2019; Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), ‘Wrestling and body politics: sports in postcolonial North India’
Vincent Favier, since September 2018; Religion, Morality and Boko in West Africa: Students Training for a Good Life (Remoboko) ‘Preaching and Teaching: Religiosity, Knowledge and Performance among students and lecturers at West African universities’; funded by Leibniz
Yasmin Ismail, since October 2019; Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, ‘Brotherhood of Believers; Meaning making through a Global maktab System’
Lotte Knote, since January 2020; Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), ‘A feminist ecology of seaweed farming: gendered livelihood strategies in aquaculture in the Western Indian Ocean’; funded by Leibniz
Anna Helfer, since July 2020; ‘Zur Aktualität der Negritude in der Gegenwartskunst Dakars: Aneignungs- und Abgrenzungsprozesse als künstlerische Strategie einer dekolonialen Praxis‘
- Principal investigator at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), Freie Universität Berlin
- Contributing Editor of the Journal "Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East" (Duke University Press)
- International Advisory Board member for "Africa: Journal of the International African Institute" (Cambridge University Press) 2011-2016, "Islamic Africa" (Brill) 2008-2013, "Polylog: Zeitschrift für Interkulturelles Philosophieren" (Wien, since 2010) and
Honours and Prizes (selected)
2019, History of Philosophy without any Gaps #26: Kai Kresse on the Anthropology of Philosophy
2010, Baraza-Events: Documentation of the series organized by Kai Kresse at the ZMO
2009, Terms of Analysis in African Studies: do we need 'Conceptual Decolonisation’? Roundtable Discussion with Kwasi Wiredu (Tampa), J.D.Y. Peel (London), Ute Luig (FU-Berlin), Katrin Bromber (ZMO-Berlin), Andreas Eckert (HU-Berlin), and Presentation by Kai Kresse (ZMO) - Audiodocumentation of the Complete Discussion
2008, „Swahili scholars, poetry and politics“, documentation of an evening organised by Kai Kresse at ZMO with Sheikh Abdilahi Nassir, an Islamic scholar and former politician, and the poet Ustadh Ahmad Nassir.