Posts tagged ‘Safaricom’
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.
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Brought to you by the Australian Embassy and Safaricom
Join us this Saturday – the 1st of November 2014 as we look at what’s new in this year’s competition and talk all things film.
From 10:30am at the Michael Joseph Center we share what’s new in this year’s competition and how we’re helping you make better films.
Join the Discussion:
• Look, Feel, Style & Structure: An engaging discussion on ‘The Language of Short Film’ hosted by myself and Jim Chuchu – Creative Director at The Nest.
• Social Media & Film: Hosted by Mark Kaigwa, Founder of Nendo Ventures. (How we as filmmakers can benefit from this growing phenomenon)
We’ll answer all your 48HFP questions, reveal this year’s list of Genres and share a couple of our favorite short films from 2014.
Do you have your team yet? Are your registered? You’ve still got time.
Registration is still open.
To register got to our homepage and click on the ‘Register For Nairobi Now’ link. Registration is KSh 8,000 per team!
48HFP Nairobi – Meet & Greet
Date: 1st November 2014
Venue: The Michael Joseph Center – Safaricom House, Waiyaki Way, Westlands
Check out what Nairobi’s previous 48ers had to share about last year’s experience:
Auditions are taking place tomorrow Saturday and Sunday (9am-4pm) at the Michael Joseph Centre, Safaricom House, Waiyaki Way, Nairobi.
Dates: August 9-10, 2014
Venue: Michael Joseph Centre
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
To Audition, please fill the Application Form found on Safaricom Jazz Website: http://safaricomjazzfestival.co.ke/
Featuring Mugambi Nthiga, Jane Gachui, Ian Nthiga, Yafesi Nsubuga, Patricia Kihoro and Kevin ‘K1’ Maina
Date: Wednesday 21 May 2014
Venue: Purdy Arms Restaurant, Marula Lane – Karen
Movies Under The Stars
This film examines Kenyan identity, youth empowerment, forgiveness and personal accountability for keeping the peace.
The film’s key aim is to remind Kenyans that it is individuals who have the power to say no to tribalism, rumours and corruption.
Featuring actors famous across Kenyan stage and screen, including Joseph Babu Wairimu, star of Nairobi Half Life and winner of Best Actor at the Durban International Film Festival 2012. The film is funded by Safaricom Foundation.
Drinks: 6.30 pm, Movie: 7.00 pm
Ksh 1,700 Movie, Drink & Pizza special
Ksh 600 Movie & Drink
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