Organisation and staff

Anna Baral

part-time fixed-term lecturer at Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology

+4618-471 2282
Mobile phone:
+46 70 1679664
Visiting address:
Thunbergsvägen 3 H
Postal address:
Box 631
751 26 Uppsala

researcher at

+4618-471 5264
Mobile phone:
+46 70 1679664
Visiting address:
Villavägen 6
75236 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 1703
751 47 UPPSALA

Short presentation

PhD candidate since 2013, with a research project on morality, agency and subjectivity among informal workers in Kampala (Uganda).

Co-teacher in the African Studies course and assistant to the Forum for Africa Studies in Uppsala (

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My courses


As an undergraduate, I have studied the political and cultural negotiations around the restoration of precolonial authorities in Uganda and the contemporary developments of royal court music in the Buganda kingdom.

I have taken part to research projects on cultural heritage (with Sorbonne University and the French Institut de Recherche pour le Développement and Kenya Museums, 2008-2012) and on the Ugandan General Elections under the direction of the French Institute for Research in Africa, Nairobi (2011). I have worked for the Italian Cooperation in Kampala as consultant for cultural projects (2012). I am a member of the Ethnological Mission in Equatorial Africa (University of Turin) (

PhD PROJECT: “Where is your Gandanness?” – Moral aspirations and immoral realities among informal workers in Kampala (provisional title)

Uganda has embarked on a number of moral struggles in recent times. Aspirations of neoliberal urban development, ethnic revivalism and the debate on a supposedly lacking Ugandan national identity represent different but overlapping moral discourses that citizens of Kampala have to continuously navigate.

I carry out research with informal workers in an urban market, and I investigate how they negotiate between different, sometimes divergent, "moral landscapes" while struggling to construct themselves as moral persons. In so doing, I illuminate the space left for agency and freedom for individuals and groups confronted by highly moralizing narratives.

The fieldwork has been supported by grants from the Nordiska Afrikainstitutet and the Kungl. Humanistiska Vetenskaps-Samfundet of Uppsala.


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