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IFRA Seminar: 50 Years after Independence – The Nations in East Africa. Revisiting Nation-Building between Particularism & Universalism? Jun. 12-13 2014 @ IFRA/BIEA

Dates: June 12 & 13, 2014
Entry: Prior Reservation [RSVP on]

Academic guest of honour, Prof. Bethwell Ogot, Chancellor of Maseno University: The Kenyan Nation, and the Historiography of Nationalism

Sessions & Time
Session 1: 9.00AM
Return on national construction in East Africa: long-term national building and high culture
Chairman, Prof. H. Mwanzi, Kenyatta University.
– Ephraim Wahome (University of Nairobi), Susan Mwangi (Kenyatta University) & Mildred Ndeda (JOUST): The origins of Kenya and the birth of the independent Kenya.
– Marie-Aude Fouéré (IFRA-Nairobi): Nation-building in Tanzania, political culture, and socialist irredentism.
– Steve Omondi (Pwani University): Languages, “high culture” and the construction of the Nation.
Discussant/Moderator: Christian Thibon (IFRA-Nairobi): The long duration (longue durée) of orphan and plural constructions.

Session 2: 2.00PM
Living together (I): the way from the top, the new challenges – federalism, decentralization and regional integration.
Chairman prof H. Muriuki, UoN
– Felix Kiruthu (Kenyatta University), Francois. Muchoki (CUEA):Federalism, majimbo and Kenyan decentralization-devolution under the nation-state by construction
– Mohammed Bakari (University of Dar es Salaam): Racial identities, citizenship and the politics of nationalism in Zanzibar
– Wanyama Masinde (Catholic University in Eastern Africa):Regional integration as a response policy for the national challenge?
Discussant/Moderator: Etienne Smith (Science Po Paris, France): Revisiting state-building, a comparative approach.

Session 3 (13th June 2014, 9.00AM – 1.00PM)
Living together (2): routes down, negotiating identities – “little homelands”, “small nations” and “moral ethnicity”.
Chairman, Prof V G Simiyu, UoN Jean-François Chanet (Science Po Paris, France): “Little homelands” (petites patries) in France, and the concept of ‘sociability’.
– Justin Willis (Durham University, UK): “Moral ethnicity” to the Kenya, or the construction of a civic and moral sense out of the state?
Discussant/Moderator: Pius Kakai (Kenyatta University), Mutuma Ruteere (CHRIPS).


June 7, 2014 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

Seminar/ Politics as Culture in Eastern Africa: Nation-Building, Neo-Liberalism and Moral Rhetoric, Jun. 14 2012 @ BIEA

Date: Thursday 14, June 2012
Venue: British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA), Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm

Politics as Culture in Eastern Africa: Nation-Building, Neo-Liberalism and Moral Rhetoric
This workshop brings together recent studies of the cultural and rhetorical dimensions of contemporary political change in Eastern Africa. The constitution of national identity has long been studied as an inherently cultural exercise. National affiliation is sustained by a range of cultural practices in which citizens actively participate.
While critical studies have concentrated on the developmental state of the post-independence period, less attention has been directed to more recent neo-liberal state formations which have emerged in Africa under pressure from donors and the international financial institutions.

The workshop seeks to explore the dimensions of this new moral culture in the politics of East Africa. It will consider in particular the potential for contest and subversion of the dominant neo-liberal common sense, as well as earlier cultural forms and moral exemplars which are still influential in East African politics.

1. Writing ‘Project Kenya’: Public Memory and Popular Histories in Parselelo Kantai’s Writing Grace Musila (University of Stellenbosch)
2. Satire and the Politics of Corruption in Kenya John Harrington and Ambreena Manji (BIEA)
3. Remoralizing Politics in Tanzania: Julius Nyerere as a National Icon Marie-Aude Fouéré (IFRA)

The seminar is free. To RSVP please email – Or call 0724 576600 / 0735 260004

June 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm Leave a comment

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