Personen

Dr. Jasmin Mahazi

Assoziierte

Forschungsprojekt: Bahari yetu (Our ocean/genre) – A matrifocal anthropological study of oral archives and embodied knowledge practices along the Swahili coast
Regionaler Schwerpunkt: Western Indian Ocean, Swahili coast

Positions

2020
Research fellow stipend in the research unit “Age and Generation” at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin
2017
Research assistant, Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin
2014 - 2015
Swahili cultural advisor for curating the exhibition “Verzauberung – Beauty Parlour” (curator: PD Dr. Paola Ivanov), Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin

Education/Academic degrees

2019
PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology (magna cum laude), Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), Freie Universität, Berlin (Title of dissertation: “An Anthropology of the Verbal Text and Context of Vave – a Bajuni Farmer’s Ritual on the Swahili Coast”) Supervision: Prof. Dr. Kai Kresse, Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Baldauf. Defense 9.5.2019
2008
Magister Atrium (MA) in African Studies, Arabic Studies, Anthropology at University of Bayreuth (Title of thesis: “The Vave Genre in Bajuni Oral Literature: a Stylistic Analysis”)

Scholarships, Research Fellowships, Awards

2019 - 2020
Research fellow stipend in the research unit “Age and Generation” at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin
2011 - 2016
DFG funded PhD scholarship, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), Freie Universität, Berlin

Publications

Monographs
(forthcoming)
Book proposal and excerpts based on PhD submitted for peer review to University of Michigan Press, for the series African Perspectives, (in preparation); manuscript submission agreed for 2021
Peer-reviewed journal articles
2010
“Shela koma na mizimu mema – remembering our ancestors”, in: Swahili Forum; vol. 17 https://ul.qucosa.de/landing-page/?tx_dlf[id]=https%3A%2F%2Ful.qucosa.de%2Fapi%2Fqucosa%253A11487%2Fmets
Book chapters and further publications
(forthcoming)
“Shaping and being shaped by Lamu society: Ustadh Mau’s poetry in the context of Swahili poetic practice” in: Vierke (ed.), In this Fragile World. Selected Swahili Poems by Mahmoud Mau; series: Islam in Africa. Leiden; Brill
2015
Mahazi, Jasmin and Nurse, Derek (2015): Bajuni Profile. Los Angeles: University of California http://swahiliendangered.cdh.ucla.edu/northern-swahili/kibajuni/profile-2/
Reviews

Review [Ivanov, Paola (2020): Die Verkörperung der Welt – Ästhetik, Raum und Gesellschaft im islamischen Sansibar. Berlin: Reimer Verlag], for the journal Sociologus, tbc. (in preparation)

Translations
2018
“Vipande vya Dinosaria – Historia ya Msafara wa Kipaleontolojia kwenda Tendaguru, Tanzania 1906-2018)” (forthcoming) (German title: Dinosaurierfragmente (2018) Wallstein Verlag) Heumann, Stoecker, & Vennen (eds.), Dar es Salaam, Mkuki na Nyota. (German – Swahili) for Naturkunde Museum, Berlin
2018
1940’s document by Bayume M. Husen (Swahili – German), Berlin-Ausstellung im Humboldt Forum – eine Koproduktion von Kulturprojekte Berlin und dem Stadtmuseum Berlin

Teaching

2010 - 2019
Swahili language teaching assignment, Institute for Political and Social Sciences, Freie University, Berlin
2009 - 2011
Swahili language and literature teaching assignment, Institute of African Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin
2004 - 2006
Swahili language teaching assignment, Institute of African Studies, University of Bayreuth
2002 - 2003
Swahili language teaching assignment, Institute of African Studies, Humboldt-University, Berlin

Selected Talks

2019
Paper: “The book in the head – Endogenous knowledge at the Swahili coast” for the international collaborative interdisciplinary workshop “Pathways of knowledge, internal debate and critique in Africa”, organized by ZMO & Freie University, Berlin, convened by University of Nairobi, Kenya
2014
Paper: “Vave is like the Qur’an: The Agricultural Ritual of Muslim Farmers at the Northern Swahili Coast” for the conference: “Future Africa” of the Africa Studies Association (VAD), University of Bayreuth
2013
Paper: “East-African Muslim farmers and ex-farmers cultivating their selves”, co-organized International Summer School “(Re-) Configurations of Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Summer School on Islamic Practices, Imaginations, Groups, and Actors in the African Context”, BGSMCS, Freie University, Berlin
2010
Paper: “Vave Oral Literature – a manual to Bajuni cultivation methods”, International Society for the Oral Literature of Africa (ISOLA), international conference Mombasa/Kenya
2009
Paper: “Shela koma na mizimu mema – remembering our ancestors”, 22nd Swahili-Colloquium, University of Bayreuth

Panel, Conference and Workshop Organisations

2019 Co-organized listening-in workshop “Koloniale Verflechtungen” with Dr. Irene Hilden, at the Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt University, Berlin https://www.hug-berlin.de/projects/bayume-mohamed-husen-und-das-berliner-lautarchiv/

2018 Collaboration in literature workshops on 19th century Swahili poetry by Zahidi Mngumi and with the Swahili poet Mahmoud Abdulkadir (headed by Prof. Dr. Clarissa Vierke), University of Bayreuth

2017 Collaboration in literature workshop on 19th century Swahili poetry by Zahidi Mngumi (headed by Prof. Dr. Clarissa Vierke), University of Hamburg

2016 Collaboration in literature workshop on 19th century Swahili poetry by Zahidi Mngumi (headed by Prof. Dr. Clarissa Vierke), University of Bayreuth

2015 Conception, organization & moderation: reading with Swahili poet Mahmoud Abdulkadir, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin  https://www.iaaw.hu-berlin.de/de/afrika/dokumente/termine/invitation-mau

2015 Collaboration in literature workshop with the Swahili poet Mahmoud Abdulkadir (headed by Prof. Dr. Clarissa Vierke), University of Bayreuth

2013 Co-organization: International Summer School “(Re-) Configurations of Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Summer School on Islamic Practices, Imaginations, Groups, and Actors in the African Context”, BGSMCS, Freie University, Berlin https://docplayer.net/26893577-Re-configurations-of-islam-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-summer-school-on-islamic-practices-imaginations-groups-and-actors-in-the-african-context.html  

2003 and 2004 Collaboration in Fumo-Liyongo-Workshop (transliteration of Swahili manuscripts in Arabic script), Prof. Dr. G. Miehe, University of Bayreuth

Languages

  • German: native speaker
  • Swahili: native speaker
  • English: full fluency
  • French: intermediate
  • Arabic: intermediate
  • Swahili in Arabic script: reading knowledge