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Work, Family, Religion, Dress: How Students in Tanzania Define Gender Roles

Anthropology Graduate from Freie Universität Receives Young Investigator Award from the African Studies Association for Study on Gender Ideals

№ 219/2014 from Jun 13, 2014

The anthropologist Annika Lehmann received the 2014 VAD Young Investigator Award from the African Studies Association in Germany (VAD e.V.) for her master's thesis "Between Attributions and Self-presentation: Constructions of Gender Ideals and Hierarchies among Students at the University of Dar es Salaam." In her thesis Lehmann examines the complex negotiations of gender roles in the university context using the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania as an example. The award was presented on June 13, 2014, during the VAD conference entitled "Future Africa" at the University of Bayreuth. It is endowed with 1500 euros.

In her master's thesis submitted to the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology in 2013, Annika Lehmann examined gender-specific difference in the ways that female and male students presented themselves in everyday life at the university. The study was based on a field work module in the master's degree program in Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität.

Lehmann spent four and a half months doing research in Tanzania. At the University of Dar es Salaam, she took a closer look at different discourses of students regarding family, religion, and also individual clothing and body styles against the background of existing notions of gender. She examined how these discourses shape daily interactions between students, for example, while they are in class.

The VAD Young Investigator Award is awarded every two years for outstanding theses by young researchers with a focus on Africa.

Further Information

  • Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Dilger, Reviewer of the master's thesis and Managing Director, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-56505 or -56872, Email:
  • Annika Lehmann: