In the history of healing and medicine in sub-Saharan Africa, healers have been crucial agents, but their histories remain largely unstudied. Importantly, healers have engaged with politics in various ways, from control of healing to support or opposition of ruling regimes or development programmes.
This project investigates healing, medicine and politics in sub-Saharan Africa through its focus on three interconnected core areas: 1) the changing figure of the healer, 2) the interaction between healers and politics, 3) he interaction between healers and developmental policies. It explores how mobilities, contestations and increased global exchanges have affected healing, medicine and politics in the African continent from late nineteenth century onwards. The project draws upon written and oral primary sources in Namibia, Malawi, Tanzania and Somalia. Together with its partners, the project provides new comparative and diachronic perspectives on healing in sub-Saharan Africa.