African Studies: Special Issue Launch by Lotte Hughes, Mark Lamont, Steve Akoth and Chloé Josse-Durand.
Date: 22nd June 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m.
The talk will be followed by a screening of Dr. Josse-Durand & Laurent Gaillardon’s documentary entitled “Kibwati Koitalel” (Remembering Koitalel) (see below).
This Special Issue is the main written output of the ESRC-funded research project “Cultural rights and Kenya’s New Constitution” (2014-2017) which was based at the Open University (UK).
Core articles by members of this interdisciplinary research team are complemented by contributions about Kenya and beyond that analyse the different ways in which Kenyans are engaging with culture and exercising their cultural rights, following a new constitution which enshrined such rights for the first time (2010). This Special Issue enlightens the dynamics that revolved around these new rights that include ancestral land, cultural expression, protection for traditional knowledge, endangered languages and intellectual property, promotion of alternative forms of dispute resolution, and simply the right to ‘enjoy’ one’s culture.
The launch will be followed by the showing of a 25 minute ethnographic documentary untitled “Kibwati Koitalel” (Remembering Koitalel) by Dr. Chloé Josse-Durand, Political Scientist at the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nairobi) & Laurent Gaillardon, a french film maker and editor. The documentary illustrates the findings of Chloé Josse-Durand’s doctoral research and gives a body to the paper she wrote for the Special Issue about the political strategies of various ‘cultural entrepreneurs’ who are claiming recognition through the memorialisation of Koitalel Samoei and Nandi heritage. It will be screened outside IFRA/BIEA’s garden at night fall (6.30 pm).
Drinks and snacks will be served.