The University of Iowa

Sleeping sickness resettlement in Tanzania is topic of African Studies talk Feb. 20

February 13th, 2014

Julie Weiskopf

The African Studies Program at the University of Iowa will welcome Julie Weiskopf, an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, for a talk titled "'A Revolution in Tribal Life': Sleeping Sickness Concentrations and Colonialism in Kigoma in the 1930s." The talk will be held Thursday, February 20, at 3:30 p.m. in Conference Room 2520D, University Capitol Centre.

In colonial Africa, one of the most intrusive public health initiatives was campaigns against sleeping sickness. Often they required compulsory resettlement of large populations. This presentation examines anti-sleeping sickness resettlement in colonial Tanganyika (Tanzania). It shows that villagers who were resettled swiftly took control of their new communities and found many unexpected opportunities. Thus this is story of how an early public health campaign in East Africa produced unanticipated outcomes.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact James Giblin at

The African Studies Program is part of UI International Programs.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact James Giblin in advance at 319-335-2288.