Tanzania - ANT335H5F: Anthropology of Gender


The Trip

The Gender in Development program immerses participants in Tanzania’s rich cultural landscape for a hands-on experience of how notions of gender are both locally situated and also shaped by global, religious, and different cultural influences. From the urban metropolis of Dar es Salaam to the rural settlements of the Serengeti and Old Town on the island of Zanzibar, we will explore how local understandings of femininity and masculinity have been shaped historically by mainland African, (transoceanic) Arab, and British colonial traditions, and how gender roles are renegotiated in contemporary Tanzania.

Upon arrivals, we’ll orient ourselves with good food, language emergence, and a few meetings with local officials and NGO’s to learn about the country’s cultural, socio-economic and political context. Next, we’ll journey West to the regions of Kilimanjaro and Arusha where we’ll work alongside Femme International to explore how women in Tanzania’s Chagga and Masai communities are confronting gender inequality. Subsequently, we will immerse ourselves in family homestays while participating in workshops and small-scale community-based development projects initiated by local women. Finally, we’ll return to the coast and visit the historical capital of Zanzibar. Amongst the narrow alleyways and bazaars of Old Town, we will study the mixture of Arab, Indian, and Swahili influences to experience, yet again, different notions of gender and gender roles. While in Zanzibar, we will reflect upon our experiences in Tanzania; we will discuss lessons learned and share stories in preparation for the return journey home.

The combination of hands-on projects, cultural immersion, and adventure will provide an incomparable space for us to challenge ourselves and each other while reflecting on the links between gender, culture, (colonial) history, and notions of social justice.

Activities Include:

  • Swahili lessons (local language);
  • Travel to Kilimanjaro and Arusha and work alongside Femme International to learn how women are confronting gender inequality;
  • Immerse yourself in family homestays;
  • Visit the island of Zanzibar where you'll experience notions of gender, different from the Tanzanian mainland

Click here for a detailed itinerary.

Why Participate?

  • Travel and experience the unique culture Tanzania has to offer;
  • Learn about the diversity in culture that exists in East Africa and their influences on gender;
  • Explore a variety of locations ranging from urban cities to islands with gorgeous sceneries. 
  • Add international travel and learning experience to your resume;
  • Connect with your classmates and the professor.

Important Details

Dates: Saturday, October 7th, 2017 (depart)  - Sunday, October 15th, 2017 (return)

Estimated cost*: CAD$3700-3950

*Funding available for up to half the cost of the international component based on financial need. Click here to learn more.

*The cost of this trip is posted pending approval based on the University’s Policy on Ancillary Fees. Updates will be posted as needed.

Selection criteria: Students must be enrolled in ANT335H to participate and will be required to abide by the application requirements and deadlines.  

Applications will open at 12 pm (noon) on Friday, May 19, 2017 and close at 12 pm (noon) on Monday, June 19, 2017. 

Important Dates

Date Description
Friday, May 19, 2017 Applications Open
Monday, June 19, 2017 Applications Close
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 Second Instalment Due
Monday, July 31, 2017 Third Instalment Due
Monday, August 21, 2017 Fourth Instalment Due
Monday, September 11, 2017 Fifth Instalment Due
September 2017 *exact date to be determined Pre-Departure Session
September 2017 *exact date to be determined Second Pre-Departure Session
September 2017 *exact dates to be determined Mandatory Safety Abroad Workshop

Need to know

  • The cost and itinerary are subject to change;
  • Students must be enrolled in ANT335H5F and will be required to abide by the corresponding UTM Abroad application requirements and deadlines to participate in the international experience; 
  • Fees must be paid in full by the required deadlines;
  • To prepare for the trip, students attending will participate in a mandatory pre-departure and safety abroad session during the month of September.

Applications will open at 12 pm (noon) on Friday, May 19, 2017 and will close at 12 pm (noon) on Monday, June 19, 2017.