Dr. Thompson, Professor of African Cultural Studies at Uw-Madison, joins to discuss Popobawa discourse. Yes, today we will be talking about talking about monsters!
Dr. Thompson’s book “Popobawa: Tanzanian Talk, Global Misreadings” explores the use of a supernatural entity as a linguistic tool which allows individuals of different backgrounds to indirectly convey political issues, convey their personal authority, or even safely discuss sexual identity in an oppressive landscape.
We also touch upon the role of international media in spreading and reshaping local folklore, the intricacies of Swahili language and culture, and the Popobawa as a trickster archetype.
Huge THANK YOU!!! to Dr. Katrina Daly Thompson for agreeing to guest on the show, allowing the Popobawa to once more re-emerge in their life ❤️
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Katrina Daly Thompson (2017): Popobawa: Tanzanian Talk, Global Misreadings. Indiana University Press
Walsh, Martin. (2014). Killing Popobawa: collective panic and violence in Zanzibar. 10.13140/2.1.1585.9522.
Walsh, Martin. (2009). The politicisation of Popobawa: changing explanations of a collective panic in Zanzibar. Journal of Humanities. 1. 23-33.