As we near the end of our research project and are preparing for our final events in Nairobi later this month I thought you might like to hear a little more about what our researchers have been up to over the last two and a half years. Research on FGM/FGC was carried out by Principal … Continue reading Research Update
Banner at the Marsabit-Lake Turkana Cultural Festival, May 2015. Image Credit: Zoe Cormack During this, the final year of our project we have decided to do an additional desk study which we plan to release as a briefing report in May. The project is being done jointly by myself Mark Lamont and project consultant, Gordon … Continue reading Introducing the County Study
Elder William Lopetakou, also known as ‘Mr Culture’, leads hundreds of singing and dancing girls and boys at an Alternative Rite of Passage ceremony organised by the NGO World Vision in West Pokot, Kenya.
As the organisers for this year’s Storymoja Festival, which is happening in Ghana this year, are gearing up to launch tomorrow, I have been reflecting on the panel Lotte was involved in two years ago. On the 20th of September at the Louis Leakey Auditorium at Nairobi National Museum Lotte took part in a discussion … Continue reading Storymoja Culture panel: two years on
Today we are excited to have another guest blog, this time from Diana Mukunu who Particpated in the Ni Yetu walk. A group of activists recently walked 350 km across Kenya to mark the 6th anniversary of the Katiba, talking about and promoting the constitution all the way. They are passionately committed to improving knowledge about, and … Continue reading “Katiba Ni Yetu” – Celebrate, Uphold, Defend
Last Thursday, the 11th of August, Zambians went to the ballot to vote for a new president for the fifth time in 10 years. However, in addition to voting in a local and national election the Zambian people have also been asked to make some important decisions about their constitution. The Zambian constitution dates from … Continue reading #ZambiaDecides on Cultural Rights
We convened a panel at 'What does heritage change?' the ACHS Conference in Montreal earlier this month. Zoe Cormack chaired the panel. Overall 800 people attended the conference which was well organised and informative. The sessions were predominantly focused on European and American heritage. Reflecting the dominance of the global north in the field. This emphasizes … Continue reading Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference
Caption: Ogoya Nengo and the Dodo Women's Group performing at Cafe Oto, May 21 2016. Image Credit: Liz Potts Last month Ogoya Nengo and the Dodo Women’s Group performed live at Café Oto in Dalston, North London and I was lucky enough to go. Ogoya Nengo was joined by two other singers dressed in brightly … Continue reading Ogoya Nengo and the Dodo Women’s Group in London
Angela Kabiru wished to follow up her earlier blog on cultural appropriation so here she is again. Angela is a researcher at National Museums Kenya, she has a particular interest in landscape archaeology, prehistoric beads and cultural tourism. She writes: Cambridge is at it again. A few months after the cancellation of Pembroke College’s ‘Around The World … Continue reading Cultural Appropriation: further thoughts.
On the 20th of April we held a workshop on Cultural Rights in Action: from global policy to local practice at the BIEA, Nairobi. The workshop offered our researchers the chance to tell our Kenyan contacts and colleagues about the work they’ve been doing. It also gave us the chance to hear what they think … Continue reading Alternative Justice Systems and the katiba: Judge Ngugi’s keynote