Franziska Fay is a postdoctoral researcher at the Research Centre Normative Orders at the University of Frankfurt and from October to December 2020 she was a visiting research fellow at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) on the Oman Grant sponsored by the Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science.
Her research focuses on children and young people, politics, and belonging in Swahili-speaking contexts. Her first book “Disputing Discipline: Child Protection, Punishment and Piety in Zanzibar Schools” will be published by Rutgers University Press in April 2021. Regionally she works in Zanzibar, along the Swahili coast of Tanzania and Kenya, as well as in Oman.
She has recently started to work on a new book project, “Living with Absence: Youth Identity and Belonging and the ‘Zanzibar Diaspora’” that foregrounds second and third generation Zanzibari diasporans’ contemporary translocal identity formation. At ZMO, and in the context of this project, she is currently focusing on “Young Omani Swahili-speakers and the Zanzibar Diaspora” to better understand their notions of citizenship, absence and belonging on the diasporic spectrum between the Swahili Coast and Oman.
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