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BIEA PhD Student Forum Conference 2014

September 26, 2014

BIEA PhD Student Forum Conference 2014: “Insecurity, Anxiety and Uncertainty in Kenya”

10-11 October 2014 British Institute in Eastern Africa, Kileleshwa, Nairobi CALL FOR PAPERS

   We are pleased to announce the BIEA PhD Student Forum conference ‘Insecurity, Anxiety and Uncertainty in Kenya’, to be held 10-11 October 2014 at the BIEA offices, Nairobi.

Insecurity in Kenya is now a global concern, with governments withdrawing embassy staff, tourism plummeting, and worldwide media coverage of terror incidents, tourist shootings, and bomb attacks. Whilst this type of insecurity can be violent and frightening, Kenyans face much more pervasive everyday crime and violence that is often disregarded by the media, police force and policy makers. Daily life is also filled with other urgent and chronic uncertainties that give rise to anxiety. From worries over access to housing, to the gendered dangers of public sanitation, to fears about the jealousy of neighbours, diverse everyday anxieties must constantly be negotiated. Yet in Kenya, things happen not just despite uncertainty, but because of it.

Blurred lines between the formal and informal, the actual and the suspected, offer opportunities as well as constraints. This conference will probe the various ways in which insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty manifest themselves in everyday life in Kenya, and will explore their social, political and material consequences for how Kenyans go about their lives and think about their futures. The conference seeks to go beyond current discourses of terror and national insecurity to explore other forms of anxiety and uncertainty in Kenya and the consequences of these for everyday lives, both now and in the future.   

We invite abstracts of 200-400 words related to the above theme, to be sent by Friday 26 September 2014 to The conference is aimed primarily at PhD students, at any stage of their research. Papers will be 15 minutes, followed by discussion. We intend for the conference to be informal and an opportunity to present work-in-progress, to explore new ideas, and to gain feedback from our peers.  

We look forward to reading your abstracts! Please feel free to get in touch with any questions at  

  Conference Organizers Sheila Kamunyori, Neo Musangi, Louise Skilling and Connie Smith

  Date: 10-11 (Friday-Saturday) October 2014 Time: 9.00 am Venue: BIEA, Laikipia Rd, Kileleshwa, Nairobi For more information and to RSVP please contact