Welcome to the Leipzig Cyberbaraza – the Institute of African Studies’ digital notice board! Inspired by the wish to foster new communication channels, the Cyberbaraza provides a space to share students’ experiences, our latest study programmes, research, alumni engagement, and international partnerships. These and other initiatives at the IAS will feature here throughout the semester. We look forward to making the Cyberbaraza an integral part of our digital presence and welcome all potential contributions as well as your feedback. Feel free to contact us!
“Be fearless and ambitious”, this is the advice of Anja Drame to students of African Studies. She is herself a former student of our institute and works today as researcher with Médecins sans frontières (Doctors without Borders). Here a short interview about her professional career.
The search for 'real locals' on Tripadvisor
by Nikolai Krewenka
The search for „real locals“ or „real local experience“ in the frame of slum tourism unmasks the tourist's prejudicial and stigmatizing perception of southern countries as poor, wild, and backward. It reveals a way of thinking which believes that living in poverty is the only „real thing“ or „real life“ in these parts of the world and thus inherently links poverty to the global south’s authenticity. In this consequence, the facades of modern apartment towers of Mumbai, Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro dominating the sky only a few hundred meters away must be „unreal“ or artificial and hence can neither belong to nor represent the global south. By displaying these experiences via Tripadvisor these tourists of the global north, manifest this perspective by giving recommendations on how to best consume poverty, making the platform an active medium for the multiplication of this specific view on the world.
inspired by: ‘Urban Africa’ Seminar (SoSe 2021), African Studies M.A., Instructors: Dr. Irene Brunotti & Ph.D. Lara Krause
Iqani, M. (2016), “Slum tourism and the consumption of poverty in tripadvisor reviews: The cases of Langa, Dharavi and Santa Marta”, in: Iqani, M. Consumption, media and the global south. Aspiration Contested. Palgrave Macmillan, London: 51-86.