Ernest Blendire Moronda

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    SMUS Doctoral Student

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    Freie Universität Berlin

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Biography: Ernest Moronda is a young social and cultural anthropologist with background in archaeology, social anthropology, and heritage studies. He has researched in areas of Neolithic culture, Swahili archaeology, and social change. He holds a position of Assistant Lecturer in the department of Sociology & Anthropology, University of Dar es Salaam. At present, he is a doctoral candidate in social and cultural anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin. His research is focused on socio-cultural and political processes of heritage conceptions and heritage making.

PhD Thesis Working Title: An Ethnography: Re-Conceptualisation of Zanzibar Stone Town World Cultural Heritage Site

Supervisors: PD. Dr. Paola Ivanov; Prof. Dr. Kai Kresse (co-supervisor), Freie Universität Berlin.

Selected Publications:

  • Chami, F.A./Ntandu, C./ Shikoni, A./ Moronda, E./ Manzinali, G. (forthcoming): Evidence for Subsistence in the Ancient coast of East Africa. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Article.

  • Moronda, E. (forthcoming): Rethinking the ‘Coastal Neolithic’ Theory. Working paper.

  • Moronda, E./Kisiaya, S. (2017): Social Transformation of Witchcraft in Tanzania (2000-2017). A report submitted to Millers Foundation. Report.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Anthropology of Heritage
  • Urban Anthropology
  • Postcolonial Anthropology
  • Coastal Neolithic Archaeology
  • Archaeozoology

Current Position(s):

  • Associate Scientist (PreDoc)

Past Position(s)

  • Managing Editor, Tanzania Journal of Sociology

Prizes & Awards:

  • Associated Colleges of Mid-West (ACM) Master’s Fellowship (2014)