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Laibor Kalanga Moko

Laibor Kalanga Moko

Freie Universität Berlin

CRC 1171 "Affective Societies"

PreDoc Researcher

Sub-Project A06: "Contested Property"

CRC Affective Societies
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Room JK 30/203
14195 Berlin

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2013 B.A. Sociology, University of Dodoma, Dodoma 

2015 M.A. Sociology, University of Dodoma, Dodoma

University of Dodoma, Department of Sociology and Anthropology


  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Introduction to Culture and Society
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
  • Anthropological Analysis of East African Populations
  • Anthropological Perspectives and Health
  • Contemporary Social Change and Culture
  • Society, Culture and Health
  • Race, Class and Ethnicity
  • Introduction to Social Policy
  • Sociology of Rural Development
  • Rural Cooperation in Tanzania

Research Interests


  • Anthropology of material culture (non-western material culture: the creation, history, meaning, representation and uses in its indigenous context)
  • Ethnographic museums (esp. colonial ethnographic collections)
  • Anthropology of affect and emotion (emotion, affect and material culture)
  • Medical sociology and anthropology (esp. the social pattern of the utilization of health services, sociological and anthropological analysis of health care systems and medical institutions and health services quality)


  • East Africa (esp. Tanzania)

Research Projects

2019-2023 Contested Property: Affect and Emotion in Transcultural Normative Conflicts about Ethnographic Collections in the Humboldt Forum (Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG); Role: PreDoc Researcher)

2013-2015 Community Perceptions on Quality of Primary Health Services in Rural Tanzania: A Case of Monduli District Council, Unpublished (University of Dodoma, Dodoma; Role: M.A. Candidate)

Current Research

Decolonizing the ethnographic museum: A Case of Tanzania collections in the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin

My PhD research project focuses on an ethnographic exploration of colonial ethnographic collections brought from Tanzania to the Ethnologisches Museum of Berlin. Approaching it from the affect and practice theories, the study will explore from an emic perspective the communities of origin understanding of meanings, ownership, uses, in/alienability and other narratives regarding ethnographic objects. Most importantly, the study will offer an account of affective dynamics (affects and emotions) associated with objects de-contextualization and their being in the Museum instead of their socio-cultural context in which they are or were made and used. Further, I will examine the communities of origin (Maasai and Chagga) perspectives on the ongoing restitution repatriation debates.

Conference proceedings

2017 The Utilization and Preferences of Health Care Services in the Pastoral Communities: A Case of Maasai in Monduli District. Tanzania, Inland Publishers, Mwanza.

Consultancy reports

2017 Monitoring and Evaluation of Activities of Usambara Ecological Forum (UEF), Prepared for TopferMuller GaBner (TMG) Think Tank for Sustainability, Berlin/Germany.

2017 Stakeholders’ Engagement Process: Foundation and Inauguration of Usambara Ecological Forum (UEF) in Lushoto District, Prepared for International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Kenya.

2016 Stakeholders Engagement Process, Economic Cost and Benefits of Sustainable Land Management Practices in Lushoto District, Prepared for International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Kenya.