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Date: Friday, November 28, 2014
Venue: Alliance Francaise, Multi-Purpose Room
Time: 5.30 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.
Interested in hearing about Nairobi’s great public spaces such as the skating park in the CBD or community places in Kibera? Then join us on Friday the 28th of November to hear more about Placemaking in Nairobi.
Placemaking improves the quality of public spaces and the lives of the community in tandem. It is a co-creation approach that capitalises on local community’s knowledge, assets and ideas to promote inclusive and prosperous cities. The conversation will be facilitated by Placemakers, a Dutch non-profit organization working in-situ to improve public spaces by research, design and programming in co-creation.
Their research is part of the international knowledge exchange program ‘Making Cities Together,’ that aims at connecting and strengthening local scale projects so that they reach a critical mass to effect real change at an urban scale. Making Cities Together is organised by The International New Town Institute, the International Federation of Housing and Planning, and Placemakers.
Placemakers will present the findings of their Placemaking initiatives inventory on public spaces in Nairobi that they conducted in conjunction with the Technical University of Kenya. After presentations there will be round table discussions to share ideas.
• Placemaking initiatives in Nairobi inventory presentation – Placemakers
• Address on the 60 public spaces program – Nairobi City County
• Views on the importance of public spaces – UN-Habitat
• Round table discussion
Event Via Naipolitans
Salim Amin, son and only child of Mohamed “Mo” Amin, undertakes a journey of recollection and reflection into the life of the frequently absent, globe-trotting father he loved, revered and feared. In his late teens, Mohamed Amin abandons his studies to pursue a career in photography which, over the course of thirty years, will turn him into a front-line cameraman extraordinaire – and, arguably, the most renowned photojournalist of his era. Training his candid lens across continents, Mo Amin’s thirst for breaking news puts him repeatedly in harm’s way – enduring weeks of torture, automatic arms fire, explosives and, ultimately, the amputation of his left arm – to become one of the most decorated news camera-man of all time. The documentary depicts Mo as an unbending, unforgiving and unapologetically rambunctious paterfamilias whose hunger for “the story” propels him to ever greater professional heights – often at the expense of those he cherishes. The 96-minute film is underpinned by extraordinary images from the vast Amin archive – currently available at World Picture Network in New York. The stills mark and frame Mo’s life as it unfolds in a vivid and, at times, grisly tableau of international politics. Fuelled by a potent mixture of talent and ambition, Mo’s stubborn courage, innate resilience and wily perseverance loom large as he encounters horror and brutality in the course of his indefatigable quest to inform, alert and chronicle.
Date: Friday, 14 November 2014
Venue: British Institute in eastern Africa, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa
A friend recently reflected that, like catholic priests, safaricom is everywhere in Kenya. The wirelessness of safaricom’s cellular mobile networks is compounded by institutional ubiquity, making it the most profitable corporate company in the east African region. This project intends to explore how safaricom, as Kenya’s biggest mobile phone operator due to its market share and subscriber base, engenders particular notions of subjectivity. Its networks operate immediately as intimately particular and ultra-global in ways that challenge any conceptualizations of ‘a context’ or ‘the subject’. It is in the wide spectrum between how on the one hand, complete surveillance enabled by the omnipresence of networks and on the other, emancipation made possible by the imminence and volumes of its reach, that analyses of social networks have emerged. And it is within these wider narratives that I place safaricom as manager of networks; a profit driven agent straddling this spectrum. My research will view wireless networks not as empty conduits or modes of transmission but as actors that frame the possibilities of social and political engagement, and question how this wirelessness is articulated institutionally by safaricom, located in the current Kenyan neoliberal political history. This project wonders about the project of wireless limitlessness by exploring whether notions of subjectivity like temporality, intimacy and consumption are refashioning older historical categories like gender, class and citizenship. It is precisely in the interstice of historically resilient categories and new political formations that this project will question subjectivity, itself a theoretically contentious notion.
The primary research method is ethnographic, which includes participant observation at Safaricom offices including the R&D, marketing, call operator departments and shareholder meetings as well as M-Pesa outlets in Nairobi; semi-structured interviews with personnel at the organization, operators and users at the M-Pesa outlets, and other related agencies like the Communications Authority in Kenya and the Kenyan ICT Action Network. It will also consult newspaper and other textual archives.
Noosim Naimasiah is a graduate student at the Makerere Institute of Social Research.
Her work in mainly on political theory and culture. Noosim’s presentation is on her PhD proposal with her field work starting in January 2015.
For more information and to RSVP please contact email@example.com
Learning from the 2011 Famine in Somalia
Date: Thursday, 13 November 2014
Venue: BIEA Seminar Room
Location: Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa
Time: 6-8 pm
In 2011, people in Somalia suffered a catastrophic famine. Since 2012, a group from the Feinstein Center at Tufts University and the Rift Valley Institute has been conducting retrospective research on the famine in Somalia, and in the Horn of Africa region more broadly, with the aim of providing empirical evidence to help prevent or mitigate such crises in the future. The research has examined the causes of the famine, how different groups in Somalia experienced it, and international responses to the crisis.
A report examining the lessons arising from this international response to the famine in 2011 was published in August. It is available here.
In this public meeting, hosted by the RVI’s Nairobi Forum, Dan Maxwell and Nisar Majid will present the key research findings and discuss the policy implications.
Entrance is by prior registration only.
Date: Wednesday, 5th November 2014
The film is about a family which settled in Kenya as Jewish refugees in 1942 and their contribution to the nation through the eyes of the film-maker.
The screening will be followed by a discussion which will be facilitated by Film Kenya Magazine.
PAWA Film Forum is committed to showcasing independently produced, often non- commercial work that has little opportunity of reaching the general public; highlighting social, political, cultural and historical realities. By featuring the voices and visions of truly independent media artists from Kenya and beyond, we aim to expose diverse audiences to a range of artistic expressions, cultural perspectives and critical inquiries.
BORN FREE: Past, Present and Future Presented by Will Travers, Oct. 15 2014 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium
BORN FREE: Past, Present and Future
Presented by Will Travers, President, Born Free Foundation
Date: Wednesday 15 October 2014
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Time: Talk 7:00 pm
The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, founded in 1984 by Will Travers parents, the actors Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free
Travers will talk about what the Foundation is doing to assist in the fight to stop ivory trade, the protection of Kenya’s wildlife and wild places for future generations.
Refreshments for sale 6.15pm Talk 7:00 pm
Donation: Ksh 200 Citizen or Student
Ksh 400 KMS member
Ksh 500 Guest
Tickets: 0724 255299, 2339158 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MPESA no: 400800 Account no: 6571570019