Conferences

The Foundation convenes multi-disciplinary conferences/ seminars/ workshops and discussions both physically and electronically (e-seminars/ e-conferences). The Kenya conferences/ seminars/ workshops and discussions began in 2012 and have been successful, receiving impressive presentations and participation. The first Pre-Colonial History of the Kalenjin: Methodological Approaches was held on Wednesday 30 May 2012 at the Eldoret Club, Uasin Gishu County, with the support of the Department of History, Political Science and Public Administration, Moi University, and a small grant from the Ford Foundation.

The second A Reflection on the Works of B E Kipkorir was convened on Thursday 23 August 2012 at the University of Nairobi in collaboration with the Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies (IAGAS) at the University.

The third Sport and Local Development in Kenya: Past and Present Successes and Challenges, and Future Safeguards was held on Thursday 29 November 2012 at St. Patrick’s High School-Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County, in collaboration with the school.

The fourth Emerging Trends in Oral Traditions (Literature) and Indigenous Languages Research in Kenya was held Wednesday-Saturday 22-25 May 2013 at A.I.C. Guest House-Tot, Elgeyo Marakwet County, in collaboration with Kenya Oral Literature Association (KOLA) with membership from Eastern African universities. The association is hosted at the Department of Literature, University of Nairobi. This seminar was unique because there were oral performances from Marakwet and Pokot communities aimed at fostering peace and national dialogue.

The fifth forum was an open discussion on clan-based identities in Kenya Demystifying Ethnic Identities in Kenyan Post-Colony: A Clan by Clan Analysis organized at the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi, on Thursday 27 June 2013 from 9.a.m. to 4 p.m. local time. It brought together discussants from different ethnic/ linguistic affiliations in Kenya and will lead to research Clan Approach to the Study of the Peoples of Eastern Africa over Time on totemic clans, with intent of producing a compendium of Eastern Africa totemic clans in order to promote national integration and cohesion by challenging prevalent ethnic-based identity stereotypes.

The sixth seminar Conflict in Kenya, the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa was held in Collaboration with the Department of Research, the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, on Thursday 28 November 2013 at Jubilee Auditorium, Lang’ata Campus, the Catholic University of Eastern Africa from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time.

The seventh seminar Peaceful Kenya’s 2017 Elections: The Imperative of Calming Ethnic Fault Lines was held in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Foundation on Thursday 27 April 2017 at YMCA-Central, Nairobi, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time.

The eighth forum was an open discussion Politics and the Future of Kenya on Thursday 29 March 2018  at the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi, from 5.30 p.m. local time.

The ninth to twelfth forums were Webinar series offered through GoToWebinar: Agriculture and Food Security in Africa on Thursday 15 November 2018, Poaching and Wildlife Conservation in Africa on Thursday 29 November 2018, Africa’s Image in the World in the New Era on Thursday 13 December 2018, and A Reflection on African Union Agenda 2063 on Thursday 27 December 2018. The forums opened at 15.00 GMT and closed at 17.00 GMT.

The thirteenth forum was a Kenya seminar A Literature and Culture Colloquium in Honour of the Late Prof. Chris Lukorito Wanjala convened at Kisii University, Kapenguria Campus, in collaboration with the university, the County Government of West Pokot, and Association of Literature Scholars of Kenya (ALSOK), on Saturday 26 January 2019, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time.

The fourteenth conference Monetizing Academic Research and Works of Art was a series of informal discussions that began in Makerere University, Uganda, in July 2018 and ended on Thursday 27 February 2020 at Uganda Martyrs University, Kampala, Uganda, between 2 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. local time.

The fifteenth conference Thematic Transitions in African Literature, 1990-2020 was administered online on Thursday 19 December 2019 from 15.00 GMT to 17.00 GMT.

The sixteenth conference Emerging Technological Solutions as Vocational Skills was administered online on Saturday 25 April 2020 from 09.00 GMT to 11.00 GMT.

The seventeenth conference was a lecture Africa and COVID-19: Lessons from Other Regions by Dr Richard Mariita, PhD, on Saturday 16 May 2020, 13.00-15.00 GMT.

The eighteenth conference was a discussion Supporting Communities in the Fight Against COVID-19 by Jemiama Tschetter Dassen, on Saturday 6 June 2020, 14.00 – 15.00 GMT.

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