Time Flies

This statement is particularly *timely* in North America, where an hour of time just vanished in the middle of the night. Fortunately, the plays-on-words permitted by Daylight Savings Time have given me an excuse to pop out of my blogly silence. Two weeks ago, a group of amazing research colleagues from Canada and the UK … Continue reading Time Flies

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« Le Bulozi est essentiellement le Québec de la Zambie »

C’est ainsi qu’une collègue canadienne avait décrit cette région lors de ma première visite ici. Mais ça veut dire quoi, exactement? Dans certains sens on voit facilement le lien. Le peuple Lozi se décrit comme étant une société distincte en Zambie grâce à leur histoire. Pendant des décennies le Bulozi avait un statut spécial dont … Continue reading « Le Bulozi est essentiellement le Québec de la Zambie »

Meet Akufuna!

Full-time student, part-time research assistant, soon to be a teacher Lynn Akufuna Nalikena was a part of the team that allowed me to complete my PhD fieldwork in 2014. At the time, she was just starting her degree in Education at the University of Barotseland, here in Mongu. When we began research assistant training, I … Continue reading Meet Akufuna!

Sustainability, commitment, and help: what do these things mean?

There is a similar dynamic in each of the two Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) with which I am working. In both cases, there are tensions about what should be done and why should it be done. In my thesis research, I learned that the research participants with disabilities in Western Zambia were acutely aware that … Continue reading Sustainability, commitment, and help: what do these things mean?