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BIEA Annual UK Lecture - 24 November 2011

November 2, 2011

We are delighted to announce our UK Annual Lecture for 2011. The Lecture is open to the public and free to all, and you are welcome to bring a guest. However, places are limited and you will need to book if you would like to attend. Please contact me to let me know if you would like to be included on the guest list. The lecture will be followed by a Wine Reception. Unfortunately we will not be able to admit late comers or those who have not booked.

Our Director, Dr Ambreena Manji (University of Keele), will talk on “Alimentary Satire and the Politics of Corruption in Kenya”. The lecture will be on Thursday 24th November 2011@ 6.00 pm at The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Corruption in Kenya has been a matter of intense concern for foreign donors and the international financial institutions. External efforts to change the ‘governance culture’ in this regard are not simply instrumental, composed of material restrictions and incentives. They are also inherently rhetorical, seeking to establish the plausibility of a set of values rooted in political economy. This paper examines two interventions in the anti-corruption debate in Kenya from the last decade. Though aiming at the same substantive outcome, each pursues a quite distinct rhetorical strategy. On the one hand policy documents are formulated in a blank style stressing the apolitical and technocratic credentials of their authors. On the other hand, widely reported speeches of a former British High Commissioner can be read together as a highly figurative satire on political standards in Kenya. Specifically these criticisms partake of what can be called an ‘alimentary’ mode of satire developed in the work of a number of African novelists and directed equally at the failures of the post-colonial state.

The lecture is preceded by the British Institute in Eastern Africa’s Annual General Meeting for members. Anyone wishing to become a member of the BIEA may join via our website ( and click Membership) or contact me for further information.

We do hope you will be able to join us at the lecture. Please let me know as soon as possible if you will be attending and how many places you would like to reserve.
With best wishes

Jane Gillespie | London Secretary | British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA)
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