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Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Miss Franziska Fay

Magister Artium (Goethe University Frankfurt), MARes/MPhil (SOAS)


Franziska Fay
Department of Anthropology and Sociology

PhD Student

Miss Franziska Fay
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Thesis title:
Contesting the Ordinary: Children's Perspectives on 'Child Protection' in Educational Settings in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Year of Study:
1st year
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Franziska Fay holds a Magister Artium in Educational Science, Swahili and Cultural Anthropology from Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany (2011) and an MARes in Anthropological Research Methods from SOAS, University of London (2013). In her past research she engaged with German development aid in the sector of education in emergencies and with alternative education programmes in Malawi.

PhD Research

My research examines children’s perspectives on current 'child protection' efforts in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Violent behaviour towards children has been identified as part of ordinary life in the archipelago. Save the Children and Zanzibar’s government are developing a child protection system that aims at eliminating violence in educational settings. Such efforts are often based on a moral Western notion of childhood and international standards like the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and thereby tend to neglect local social norms. Many Zanzibaris consider the participatory and child-agency focused approach a "corrupting Western concept" that leads children to misbehave and appoints an uncommon role to Zanzibari children who traditionally do not outspokenly engage with adults. I argue that children’s perspectives are vital for improving child protection measures but yet remain neglected. Therefore I suggest thinking about child protection first in regard to children, and then in its political and philosophical terms. My project will contribute to bodies of literature in the anthropology of childhood and education, and the anthropologies of development, modernity and the body.

PhD Conferences

  • 'Implementing Child Protection: Contesting (Universalized) Notions of Childhood, Violence and Authority', General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research, Science Po Bordeaux, France, September 2013.


  • Save the Children (Zanzibar).