Our UK Colloquium on the subject of Cultural Rights and Constitutional Change in Kenya: Progress and Challenges was held at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London on the 12th of October. This was the main UK event for our project and we were pleased with how rich and useful the discussions were and are extremely grateful to everyone who attended and shared their time and expertise with us so generously. The papers were all given by members of the Katiba Cultural Rights except for the final paper which was given by Prof. John Harrington from Cardiff University.
Below you can listen to all the papers given on the day and also to the discussion session we had in the afternoon when we turned the table on participants and asked them questions.
The first panel included the following papers Nicola Stylianou on ‘The changing fate of culture in the Kenyan Constitution’; Harriet Deacon on ‘Cultural rights provisions in the Constitution of Kenya: A comparative view’; and Steve Ouma Akoth on ‘Land as Culture: Discourse and narratives of land claims in postcolonial Kenya.’ Following the papers you can listen to the audience’s questions and our responses.
The second panel was made up of Lotte Hughes talking about ‘Alternatives Rites of Passage as invented tradition and cultural performance’; Mark Lamont on #GoCutMyHusband: Forced male circumcision and ritual violence in Kenya; and John Harrington (Cardiff) Transforming Traditional Medicine in Kenya: Recent legal developments. Again, following the papers you can listen to the audience’s questions and our responses.
In the afternoon we had a final session of discussion with the audience.