MISR Seminar: De-pastoralisation In Karamoja

Event Date
Wednesday, 9 August 2017 - 2:15pm to 5:15pm
Event Info

The Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) invites you to a Seminar:

Title: De-Pastoralisation In Karamoja: From Livelihoods Diversification To Social Differentiation

Presenter: Dr. Matteo Caravani, a Post-doctoral Fellow at MISR

Discussant: Frank Muhereza, Phd Candidate, MISR

ABSTRACT: 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 herders as dry season grazing rangelands, while they now house permanent settlements populated by sedentarised 'marginal farmers' and town-based workers. In this paper I advance the concept of
'de-pastoralisation' to describe the dispossession of the major means of social reproduction, which cause increasing livelihoods diversification and social differentiation. Through the concept of de-pastoralisation this paper aims to investigate the historical origins of social differentiation and the formation of a Karamojong wage labour force, which is characterized by inter and intra exploitative family of production leading to processes of male elite accumulation and general proletarianisation that reproduce inequality over time.

The event is open to the Public. Audience attendance is limited to 60 persons. Papers are available in the MISR Library.

Pre-register with MISR Library or call: 0312132100, email;communicationatmisr[at]gmail.com


Event Venue
Seminar Room 1, Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda
Category by Unit
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Contact Info
Contact Info: 
Eddie Ssemakula, Communications and Publications Coordinator, Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), Cell: +256782793020, Email:ssemakula.eddie[at]misr.mak.ac.ug