This presentation is an ethnographic exploration of the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), a state ministry developed by the World Bank in the mid-1990s that is charged with the management of foreign investors and the attraction and promotion of foreign direct investment for neoliberal economic development in contemporary Uganda. In this paper, I argue that studies of the state and citizenship in Uganda have tended to focus on the legacy of the colonial state and its histories of partial postcolonial reform (urban de-racialization or Africanization) or the authoritarian and coercive nature of the central state (and the ensuing failures of democratization in the postcolony). Building on these earlier studies, my research speaks to the global neoliberal economic context in which Africa is currently situated, the collaborative relationships between neoliberal and illiberal state governance, and the states current role in the global management of capital and racialized bodies in the nation-state. In particular, I examine the role of the UIA in contemporary race-making and citizenship-making through an analysis of discourses and practices surrounding South Asian investment and businessmen about 40 years after the expulsion of racialized Asians during Idi Amins reign in 1970s Uganda. In the absence of formal policies of multi-racial inclusion in the nation, how is the neoliberal and illiberal Ugandan state engaged in race, gender, and citizenship-making ideologies and practices? How are these processes influenced by Africa Rising narratives (and its critiques)? What analytics of citizenship and security allow us to understand both real and fake investors, as well as other kinds of non-native Others from the Global South who work, reside, and invest in Uganda today?
About Dr. Anneeth Kaur Hundle
Anneeth Kaur Hundle is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Merced. Prior to her current position, she was a Research Associate at the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, from 2013-2015. More information about her research and teaching can be located at http://www.ucmerced.edu/content/anneeth-kaur-hundle and https://ucmerced.academia.edu/AnneethKaurHundle