So – there’s a project that I’ve been a part of for the past little while called the Rift Valley Network (RVN), and I wanted to share some of what we’ve been doing here, as I think parts of it are relevant to the forum members. For a bit more about what the RVN is about, here is our Mission:
The Rift Valley Network aims to foster an academic community for deepening our understanding of the peoples of the Tanzanian Rift Valley, especially through histories, cultures, and languages.
The Tanzanian Rift Valley was – and continues to be – a crucible of dynamic, innovative, and complex societies. Because of this, the Rift presents endless opportunities to learn about the nature of communication, cultural exchange, and the African past.
Knowledge is power, and it is our belief that collaborative knowledge creation is the single most powerful way to reframe existing narratives about the peoples of the Rift, to valorize the work surrounding understanding the Rift, and to build solidarity and shared agency between community members and outside researchers.
It is our intention to make the Rift a space for coming together: exploring what we know about its peoples (both from inside and outside perspectives), and enhancing exchange among researchers, dialogue between researchers and local stakeholders, and ultimately communication to Tanzanians at-large.
We do a lot of stuff, but I think you’ll all be most interested in the recorded lectures from our fortnightly webinar series. We’ve racked up a lot of them over the past 3 years, and I don’t want to post them all at the same time, but I will occasionally post some old and new stuff for your consideration and feedback. I think I’m most excited about learning:
How is what we do in the Tanzanian Rift similar to or different from what you are doing in your part of the world?
Are there tools, methodologies, theoretical frameworks you’ve encountered that might help us in meeting our goals and furthering our analyses?
Are there further topics you’d be interested in hearing?