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Gadgets As Objects: Making Art With Discarded, Violent And Sexy Electronics by Dani Ploeger, Jan. 19 2017 @ BIEA

Date: January 19, 2017
Venue: BIEA Seminar Room, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa Nairobi
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

January 10, 2017 at 3:53 pm Leave a comment

Event: Future-Making At The Margins – Social-Ecological Transformation In Rural Africa, Dec. 14 2016 @ BIEA

Date: December 14, 2016
Venue: BIEA
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

By Detlef Müller-Mahn, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Bonn, Germany

Africa is ‘rising’ and accompanying this process are ambitious new development plans and policies. Kenya´s Vision 2030 and similar long-term programs in neighboring countries are presenting maps of the future that will, if implemented, lead to massive social-ecological transformations of rural areas.

Development blueprints aim to ‘turn history on its head’, enabling previously-ignored dryland regions to become engines of economic growth for the wider benefit of these nations. The process is simultaneously redrawing the map of marginal regions and redrawing the relations between people and environments in order to gain greater control over and make ‘more productive’ use of these environments.

The paper explores the nature and spatial politics of these processes. While on the one hand the processes are having widespread differential impacts, plans are often much less ‘total’ than is imagined, creating space for different possibilities in people-environment relations. At the same time, the implementation of development schemes is full of surprises. Future-making may be understood as a combination of practices of anticipation and imagination, with largely unknown consequences.

Detlef Müller-Mahn is a professor of development geography at the University of Bonn. His research focuses on the political ecology of land use change, risk and development in East Africa and the Middle East.

His recent projects are dealing with diverse topics, including risk management strategies of pastoralists in Ethiopia; urban governance and water distribution in the city of Khartoum; and adaptation to climate change and how it can be understood as a “travelling idea” that is negotiated at international conferences (the COP 21 in Paris 2015) and local projects (Ethiopia, Kenya).

He is currently preparing a collaborative research center on “Future rural Africa”, which will address the relationship between “future-making” and social-ecological transformation.

December 11, 2016 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment

Nairobi Seminar Series: India in East Africa, Sept. 30 2016 @ BIEA

Date: September 30, 2016
Venue: BIEA
Time: 11 am

September 24, 2016 at 9:11 am Leave a comment

Nairobi Seminar Series: Pericles & the Professors by John Harrington, Sept. 22 2016 @ BIEA

Date: September 22, 2016
Venue: BIEA
Time: 11 am

September 15, 2016 at 2:31 pm Leave a comment

Presentation/Talk: Blood and the Nation in Kenya after the Westgate Attack, Sept. 14 2016 @ BIEA

Date: September 14, 2016
Venue: BIEA
Time: 11 am

Presentation by: John Harrington

September 9, 2016 at 11:18 am Leave a comment

Seminar: New explorations into South Sudanese museum collections in Europe, Apr. 14 2016 @ BIEA

New explorations into South Sudanese museum collections in Europe
Date: 14 April 2016
Venue: BIEA Seminar Room, Laikipia Road Kileleshwa Nairobi
Time: 11 am

April 7, 2016 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

The Economics of Elections in Somaliland, Feb. 9 2016 @ Rift Valley Institute – Nairobi

Economics of Election in Somaliland
Date: Tuesday, February 9 2016
Venue: Rift Valley Institute Office, Seminar Room
Location: Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa
Time: 2pm-4pm

Entrance is by prior registration only

On 9 February 2016, the Rift Valley Institute’s Rift Valley Forum will host a panel discussion launching the report of the study The Economics of Elections in Somaliland: The financing of political parties and candidates. After the November 2012 elections in Somaliland, candidates, political parties and political associations reported that spending on individual campaigns had sharply increased relative to spending in previous polls. Voters, politicians and parties expressed concern that the high cost of campaigning threatens the integrity of a fledgling electoral system. In response to these concerns, researchers working with the Rift Valley Institute conducted a study to examine sources of income and expenditures by candidates and political parties in Somaliland’s 2005 parliamentary and 2012 local council elections. The study’s findings have important implications for campaign finance regulation in Somaliland.

Moderator: Cedric Barnes, International Crisis Group

Panellists: Adan Abokor, Rift Valley Institute; Aly Verjee, Rift Valley Institute; Haroon Yusuf, Soradi and Amina Warsame, Network Against FGM In Somaliland

February 3, 2016 at 9:35 am Leave a comment

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