Seminar by Dr Matteo Caravani

Event Information
Event Date: 
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 - 2:15pm

Makerere Institute of Social Research invites you to a seminar on Wednesday May 31, at 2.15 p.m.

Title: 'De-pastoralisation' in Karamoja: From Livelihoods Diversification to Social Differentiation.
Speaker: Dr Matteo Caravani, PostDoctoral Fellow at MISR
Venue: Seminar Room 1, MISR.


Over the past two generations, livestock loss and hunger – caused by violent conflict and drought – drove many transhumant agro-pastoralists living in central Karamoja to resettle in unpopulated areas more suitable for agricultural production. These areas, mostly located in the southern and western parts of the region, were historically used by herdsmen as dry season grazing rangelands, while they now house permanent settlements populated by  sedentarized ‘marginal farmers’ and town-based workers. In this paper I advance the concept of ‘de-pastoralisation’ as a general theory to describe the dispossession of the major means of social reproduction, which cause increasing livelihoods diversification and social differentiation, ultimately resulting in the formation of different social classes. The Bokora migration towards the greater area of Iriiri is taken as an exemplary case study of the outcome of the regional process of ‘de-pastoralisation’ that began with the great famine of the 1980. The aim of this paper is to understand the causes of the profound transformations among the Bokora and the dynamics behind the formation of new social classes and the changes in wealth distribution in light of a production system that is no longer based on transhumant agro-pastoralism but on alternative means of social reproduction.

The event is open to the Public. Audience attendance is limited to 60 persons. Pre-register with MISR Library.

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Event Venue
MISR Seminar Room 1

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