Dr Fatima Bapumia
Fatima Bapumia is a sociologist, having received her PhD from the University of Leipzig. Her PhD addresses the patterns of social interactions in plural societies, mainly focusing the dynamics of cultural boundaries among ethno-racial minorities in Tanzania. In the project What’s at Stake in the Fake, Fatima looks into the use of language as symbolic interpretation of anxieties around ‘fake’ drugs in Tanzania. Fatima works with ethnographic field work methods, to understand how fununu kuhusu vitu feki – ‘rumours about things fake’ – circulate in and animate local contexts, and influence peoples’ interactions around pharmaceuticals.