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Locking Hoes and Horns: Ethnic Contestation in Ankole

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Bunche Hall Meeting Room - 10383

A talk by Christopher Muhoozi of the University of Michigan and Makerere University

See below for additional information.


Free and open to the public.


African Studies Center
(310) 825-3686



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Ethnic tensions in Africa continue to fuel scholarly interest in the study of ethnic relations, usually between two groups. In southwestern Uganda, the Ankole region presents an example of ethnic interaction with potential for violent conflict between the Iru and Hima. The Iru are cultivators and constitute the majority and the Hima are pastoralists and the minority. This talk traces the history of ethnic consciousness in Ankole, particularly how the Iru and Hima distinguish themselves from each other and how a variety of status and occupational categories were re-shaped and re-directed by Ankole state builders.

Christopher Muhoozi is a lecturer in African history at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He focuses on the history of western Uganda and is particularly interested in how the Iru and Hima distinguish themselves from each other and the history of their distinctiveness.

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