Spaces for pluralism in ‘ethnically sensitive’ communities: The Case of Kibaale District in Uganda


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


School of Postgraduate Studies and Research


Many studies on ethnic conflict focus on explaining embedded causal dynamics with little attention to ethnic pluralism. This study seeks to understand how people in contexts of ethnic tension imagine possibilities for co-existence in view of contributing to theories of ethnic pluralism. Kibaale District presents an interesting case where there have been moments of co-existence and fighting between the ‘indigenous’ people and immigrants. Whereas there has been much to explain the episodes of tension, the moments of peace are scarcely discussed. Whereas it is important to know why people fight, it is also crucial to understand why they sometimes do not.