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Politics as Culture in Eastern Africa Nation-Building, Neo-Liberalism and Moral Rhetoric

May 29, 2012

The BIEA invites you to a workshop on Thursday 14, June 2012 at 10.00am – 12.00pm. The workshop titled Politics as Culture in Eastern Africa Nation-Building, Neo-Liberalism and Moral Rhetoric, brings together recent studies of the cultural and rhetorical dimensions of contemporary political change in Eastern Africa. Invited speakers and presenters will include:

Dr Grace Musila, a Senior Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Stellenbosch. In Kenya, Dr Musila is viewed as the leading writer on culture and politics and is currently working on a monograph on British and Kenyan interpretations of the 1988 murder of British tourist Julie Ann Ward in Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Her broader research interests include Gender Studies, Eastern and Southern African literatures, African popular culture, African intellectual archives and postcolonial whiteness in Africa;

Dr Marie-Aude Fouéré, the Deputy Director of the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA). Her research interests are on collective memories, belonging and nationalism. Dr Fouéré is currently researching on the modalities and uses of the memories of former President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania;

Professor John Harrington, Professor of Law at the University of Liverpool and Senior Research Fellow at the British Institute in Eastern Africa. His research focuses on the interaction of law and medicine as systems of knowledge and practice, with a particular interest on the broader political and economic context of this relationship;

Dr Ambreena Manji, Reader in the School of Law, at Keele University, UK and Director of the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA), Kenya. Dr Manji’s overarching research interests take a critical and interdisciplinary approach to law and seek to place it in its wider historical, economic and political context.

This workshop presents an excellent opportunity to meet with experts from the relevant fields and is free of charge. However for logistical purposes, I would be grateful if you could RSVP by emailing if you plan on attending.

Please find attached a copy of the seminar programme.

Kind regards

Kerry Kyaa
Seminar Coordinator
British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA)
P.O Box 30710, 00100
GPO, Nairobi. Kenya
Telephone: + 254 20 4347195 or 0724576600