Project

On be(e)ing human: An ethnography of human-bee relations in the districts of Kigoma and Liwale in Tanzania.

Duration
01 October 2019 → 31 October 2020
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Landscape and ecological history
  • Social sciences
    • Area studies
    • Ecological anthropology
Keywords
human-nature relations bees posthumanism commodification multispecies ethnography ecological anthropology
 
Project description

This project assesses the cultural significance of bees and how this is transformed through commercialisation in Tanzania from an anthropological perspective. Using the approach of multispecies ethnography, this research approaches ‘human-bee relations’ as co-constitutive interactions. This integrated perspective challenges the Western culture-nature dichotomy, offering a new interpretation of East African cultural dynamics that acknowledging the formative influence of ecological relations.