Dr. Alidri wins Carnegie Corporation Postdoc Grant

Dr. Alidri wins Carnegie Corporation Postdoc Grant

Dr. Agatha Alidri, the BSU Coordinator, has been awarded a Carnegie Post-doctoral fellowship development grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York through Makerere University’s Consolidating Early Career Academic Programme (CECAP) 2022-2024.

The grant aims at consolidating the research capacity of early career academics to enhance their research productivity and ability to contribute effectively to global knowledge generation at Makerere and its four partner public universities (Busitema, Gulu, Kyambogo, and Mbarara).

Dr. Alidri will be studying a minority ethnic group in West Nile, the Lendu, to document its history, investigate the nature of social exclusion the Lendu face, as well as create awareness of the ethnic community.

“I am so happy to receive this grant. It will help me study a group of people that has generally been neglected,” says Dr. Alidri. “It is the BSU experience that has enabled me to win this grant. I have learned a lot through BSU.”

Through her work, Dr. Alidri hopes to highlight the plight of the Lendu and, therefore, contribute to the debate for their inclusion on Uganda’s development agenda.

“The historical documentation of the Lendu will preserve their rich history and integrate them into the mainstream national development strategy and plan,” Dr. Alidri states in her concept.

Documenting the history of the Lendu will contribute towards the debate on the methodological approach to studying indigenous African societies. Dr. Alidri views this as a means to decolonize history by adopting an Africanist perspective to write the history of indigenous society.

The Lendu number just over 18,000 people, according to 2016 statistics from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS). They occupy Lendu Parish in Zeu Sub-County, Zombo District. They have a rich history and a wealth of untapped indigenous knowledge.

Dr. Alidri aims to establish the origin and identity of the Lendu, explore the Lendu social, economic and political organization, examine the inter-ethnic relations between the Lendu and the neighbouring ethnic societies, interrogate the State-Lendu society relations in the colonial and post-colonial period, investigate the nature of social exclusion among the Lendu people, examine the factors leading to the social exclusion of the Lendu, and reconstruct the history of the Lendu.

A one-year tuition and research fund for a Gulu University MA student is attached to Dr. Alidri’s project.

“A generation which ignores history has no past – and no future.” —Robert A. Heinlein.

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