A Democracy of Chameleons: Politics and Culture in the New Malawi

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Gerhard Anders was born in 1970 in Germany. He is completing his doctoral studies in the Department of International Law, University of Rotterdam. His research interests are legal anthropology; governance; social security and class formation in sub-Saharan Africa; and the reform programmes of the World Bank and the IMF.

Blessings Chinsinga was born in 1973 in Malawi. He lectures in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. His research interests are rural development and poverty alleviation; institutions, governance and development; and globalisation and regional development.

Reuben Makayiko Chirambo was born in 1963 in Malawi. He is currently pursuing his doctoral studies in English Literature at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include contemporary popular music and politics in Malawi as well as folklore and literature in societies undergoing political changes.

Harri Englund was born in 1966 in Finland. He currently directs two research projects on political and cultural pluralism in Africa at the Universities of Helsinki and Uppsala. His research interests include ethnography; Chichewa/Chinyanja discourses on Human Rights and democratisation; rural-urban migration; and pentecostal Christianity.

Gregory H. Kamwendo was born in 1965 in Malawi. He is Deputy Director of the Centre for Language Studies at the University of Malawi. His research interests include sociolinguistics; language rights; communication in the delivery of health services in Northern Malawi; and language policies in Banda's Malawi.

Edrinnie Kayambazinthu was born in 1957 in Malawi. She teaches in the Department of English at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. Her research interests are sociolinguistics; language planning; language and gender; and language and Human Rights.

John Lwanda was born in 1949 in Malawi. Trained as a medical doctor, he is affiliated with the Department of General Practice at the University of Glasgow and with the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests include HIV/AIDS, culture and medicine; the popular music of Malawi; and the epistemological boundaries of medical knowledge.

Jack Mapanje was born in 1944 in Malawi. He is Hon. Professorial Research Fellow in the School of English at the University of Leeds. His research interests are in the field of literary theory. Towards the end of Kamuzu Banda's regime, he was imprisoned without trial for almost four years. An acclaimed poet, he was given the Fonlon-Nichols Award at the annual conference of the African Literature Association in 2002. The Award—whose previous awardees include Ken Saro-Wiwa, Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Wole Soyinka—is given in recognition of excellence in creative writing and contributions to the struggles for freedom of expression.

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