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Welcome to Summer Wood, CIGJ Visiting PhD Scholar

The Centre for International Governance and Justice is delighted to welcome its most recent visitor, Summer Wood. Summer is a PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology at New York University, researching birth registration and its relationship to health, human rights, citizenship and governance in Tanzania, using both ethnographic and archival research methods. She has been active in research in the fields of public health, anthropology, and colonial history in Tanzania since 2004, and holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Michigan. She is also currently working on a research project on human rights indicators in Tanzania with her dissertation supervisor, Professor Sally Engle Merry.

Summer will be presenting a seminar on her work, “Birth rights: birth registration, health, human rights and governance in Tanzania” as a part of her visit. While birth registration is a human right under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, nearly half of children born in the developing world are not registered. In Tanzania today fewer than 8 percent of children have birth certificates, despite birth registration laws dating back nearly a century. Based on more than twelve months of ethnographic fieldwork and archival research, this presentation will trace the issue of birth registration from its German and British colonial origins, to its present-day practice in three neighborhoods in the city of Dar es Salaam.

Details of Summer’s presentation can be found here.


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