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Janet Susan McIntosh
Brandeis University (Waltham, MA 02453-2728)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

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$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2004 – 8/31/2004

Expatriate Encounters with African Religion in Kenya

I am applying for an NEH Summer Stipend to fund two months of research on British expatriate encounters with African religions in Malindi, Kenya. This research plan emerges from my previous fieldwork on ethnicity and religion among Swahili and Mijikenda peoples, when I found that British residents occasionally participated in local religious practices. I plan to return to study the ways in which British expatriates interact with local cosmologies, the ambivalence with in which they narrate these experiences, and the ways in which these close encounters with African religion affect expatriates’ perceptions of and relationships with locals, whom they generally know as domestic staff and low-wage laborers.