Aleksandra Gutowska - Principal investigator

A PhD student at the Graduate School for Social Research at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of Polish Academy of Sciences. Her theoretical interests are particularly anthropology of tourism, anthropology of poverty and methodological and ethical aspects of fieldwork. Since 2007 she has been working in various countries of Sub-Saharan Africa – Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Cameroun and Senegal. Since 2014 she is conducting fieldwork on slum tours in Kibera, perceived as the biggest slum area of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya.

Anna Wieczorkiewicz - Academic supervisor

Professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of University of Warsaw.   She conducts interdisciplinary research in  anthropology, sociology and  theory and literature. The focus on her current research is on:  1. Travel/tourism under globalization; 2 Body in culture and the cultural constructing of identity; 3 Conceptualization and representation of cultural diversity. She is the author of numerous scientific articles and the author of  books:  “Wędrowcy fikcyjnych światów” [Travelers of fictional Worlds] (1997),  „Muzeum ludzkich ciał” [Museum of Human Bodies. Anatomy of the gaze]  (2000) “Apetyty turysty” [Tourist’s Apetite] (2008),  „Monstruarium” (2009) Czarna kobieta na bialym tle. Dyptyk biograficzny” [Black Women on a e White Background. Biographical Diptych] (2013) .

Agata Hummel - Supervisor

Anthropologist and activist. She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of Adam Mickiewicz University. Her theoretical interests are social anthropology, and particularly anthropology of development – a critical approach to discourse, politics and practices of development. Between 2002 and 2012 she did fieldwork in Mexico where she studied microcredits as development project. Recently she has started a new project on post-development alternatives in South America. She is also doing her fieldwork in Catalonia (Spain) where she applies activist research to study the neorural alternatives to neoliberalism.

The project entitled Mediation and redefinition of the meanings of poverty during the slum tour around Kibera in Kenya refers to the research on tourism in what is considered as poor neighborhoods of the cities in the countries of the so-called “Global South.” According to the researchers, tours around Kibera have been organized since 2007 and although it is difficult to believe, among their various organizers are also inhabitants of this slum. The overall objective of the research project is the anthropological interpretation of the tour around Kenyan Kibera (the largest slum in the country’s capital – Nairobi) organized by its residents as the negotiations area of meanings of poverty and (re)construction of identity of poor people.

  • The website www.imagesofkibera.com refers to the visual aspect of the project.
  • The project is implemented at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the Faculty of History. University of Warsaw.
  • The project is funded by the National Science Centre (in the frame of Preludium 10 funding scheme).