Dr Chege Githiora
Senior Lecturer in Swahili
Member, Centre of African Studies
Steering Committee Member for Swahili
- Dr Chege Githiora
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Chege Githiora was born and raised in Kenya, studied in Mexico (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, UNAM) and Michigan State University (MA, PhD. Linguistics). He has also taught at El Colegio de México (Mexico), Boston University (USA) and Kenyatta University (Kenya). Chege is past editor Journal of African Cultural Studies (JACS), and currently a member of its editorial board, as well as that of University of Nairobi Journal of Language and Linguistics. He is a Trustee of The British Institute of Eastern Africa (BIEA) and Convenor of Swahili Year Abroad at SOAS. He is author of the first Diccionario Swahili-Español (El Colegio de Mexico, 2002), and a research monograph, Afro-Mexicans: Discourse of Race and Identity in the African Diaspora (Africa World Press, 2008).
- Directed study of an African language
- Extended essay in African studies (a)
- Extended essay in African studies (b)
- Independent study project in African studies
- Intermediate Swahili 2A (PG)
- Language in Africa
- Practical translation from and into Swahili
- Swahili 1 (PG)
- Swahili 2a intermediate
- Theory and practice of Swahili translation
(a) Dr. Caroline Mose, ‘Kenyan Hip-hop: Interrogating Socio- Political Interventions of Popular Youth Culture in Nairobi’ (SOAS PhD Awarded June 2012).
(b) Dr. Ida Hadjivayanis, ‘Swahili Translation: Socio-cultural specificity of Norms’ SOAS Ph.D. (Awarded June 2012)
(c) Dr. Jean Seraphim Kamdem, ‘The Acquisition of functional skills in bilingual adult literacy programmes: Case studies from Cameroon’, SOAS PhD awarded in May 2010.
(d) Internal Examiner: Dr. Matthew Muriuki, ‘The Sacred Mũgumo Tree: Revisiting the Roots of Gĩkũyũ Cosmology and Worship. A Case A Study of the Gĩcũgũ Gĩkũyũ of Kĩrĩnyaga District in Kenya’ SOAS. (PhD awarded in May 2006.)
(e) Internal Examiner for: Dr. Ann Schumann. PhD. January 14, 2011. (SOAS Ph.D. Awarded June 2011.)
(f) External Examiner, Dr. Timothy Wambunya, ‘The dead are not far: Luyia Paremiology with special references to gender, sexuality, death and God’. University of Wales. (PhD Awarded March 2013.)
(g) Internal Examiner, Dr. Nathalie Montlouise, ‘Lords and Empresses in and Out of Babylon: The EABIC Community and the dialectic of female subordination’ (SOAS PhD Awarded June 2013)
(h) External Examiner, Dr. Teferi Degeneh, ‘The Development of Oromo Writing System,’ University of Kent, PhD Awarded 2015)
African languages and linguistics generally, sociolinguistics in particular: multilingualism, urban (youth) languages, varieties of Swahili, lexicography, translation from and into Swahili, Gĩkũyũ, Spanish and English; writing and literature in African languages, and African Diaspora studies. His current research project is on Sheng, an urban (youth) vernacular of Kenya.
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Githiora, Chege (2009) Marũa Ma Maitũ. London: JC Press.
Githiora, Chege (2008) Afro-Mexicans: Discourse of Race and Identity in the African Diaspora. Trenton, New Jersey, USA: Africa World Press.
Githiora, Chege (2002) Diccionario Swahili-Español. [Swahili-Spanish Dictionary]. El Colegio de Mexico.
Edited Books or Journal Volumes
Githiora, Chege, ed. (2010) Kwandĩka Gĩgĩkũyũ Wega. London: JC Press.
Githiora, Chege, ed. (2007) The Ten Shillings and Other Stories: An Anthology of Short Stories from All Over Africa. Nairobi: MacMillan Kenya.
Githoria, C and Manfredi, V and Littlefields, H, eds. (2004) Trends in African Linguistics, Volume 5. Africa World Press (USA).
Githiora, Chege, ed. Waswifu wa Ahmed Sheikh Nabhany. London: JC Press.
Githiora, Chege (2008) 'Kenya: Language and the Search for a Coherent National Identity.' In: Simpson, Andrew, (ed.), Language and National Identity in Africa. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Githoria, Chege (2006) 'Countries and Languages of the World: Kenya.' In: Brown, K, (ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd ed. Elsevier, pp. 18-182.
Githoria, Chege (2005) 'Countries and Languages of the World: Kenya.' In: K.Brown, , (ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd ed. Elsevier, pp. 80-83.
Githiora, Chege (2004) 'Gikuyu Orthography: Past and Future Horizons.' In: Githiora, C. and Littlefield, H. and Manfredi, V., (eds.), Kinyira Njira! - Step Firmly on the Pathway! Africa World Press, pp. 85-95.
Githiora, Chege (2016) 'Sheng: The Expanding Domains of an Urban Vernacular.' Journal of African Cultural Studies . (In Press)
Githiora, Chege (2012) 'Radio and Minority African Languages.' Journal of African Cultural Studies, 25 (1).
Githiora, Chege (2011) 'Afro-Mexicans: The Third Root of Mexico.' Journal of African Renaissance , 8 (2). pp. 10-24.
Githiora, Chege (2011) 'Striking back at the Empire: The Mau Mau Case in London.' Annual review, Centre of African Studies, University of London, 2 (1). pp. 2-5.
Githiora, Chege (2002) 'Sheng: Peer Language, Swahili Dialect or Emerging Creole?' Journal of African Cultural Studies, 15 (2). pp. 159-81.
Githiora, Chege (2001) 'Some Problems and Insights in the Lexicography of Two Non-Kindred Languages: Spanish and Swahili.' Èdè: Journal of African Language Learning and Teaching, 1 (1). pp. 49-71.
Conference or Workshop Items
Githiora, Chege (2013) Kukuza Fasihi ya Kiswahili Duniani kwa njia ya Tafsiri. In: Annual Conference of Chama Cha Kiswahili Cha Afrika Mashariki (CHAKAMA), Nairobi, August 21-22, 2013. (Unpublished)
Githiora, Chege (2013) The rise and rise of Sheng: language and identity in modern Kenya. In: Sheng Language in Kenya: Structure, Uses and Pedagogy, July 16, 2013, IFRA, Nairobi, Kenya. (Unpublished)
Githiora, Chege (2012) The Nairobi Process and the Context for the Foundations for the Future. In: The Nairobi Process and the Foundations for the Future , 27 Feb 2012, London. (Unpublished)
Githiora, Chege (2011) African Contributions to Regional Identities in the Americas: The case of Mexico. In: AfroXXI Conference , November 15-19, 2011, Bahia, Brazil. (Unpublished)
Githiora, Chege (2011) Issues and Challenges of Inter-African Language Translation. In: African Languages and Translation Sub-Saharan African Research Network, 11 March, 2011, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Warwick. (Unpublished)
Githiora, Chege (2010) Kiswahili ng’ambo: Mbinu za kuikuza Lugha. In: Research Institute Swahili Studies Eastern Africa International Conference, Nov 17-20, 2010, Mombasa, Kenya. (Unpublished)
Githoria, Chege (2004) Form and function in a Swahili urban dialect. In: UNSPECIFIED.
Githoria, Chege (2004) Creative writing in African languages: Production Mediation, Reception. In: UNSPECIFIED.
Githiora, Chege (2014) Sheng, Urban Youth Vernacular of Kenya Lecture. . (Unpublished)
Githoria, Chege and J., Christopher (2002) 'Pimsleur Language Program: Swahili.' Simon & Schuster Audio (USA). pp. 1-21.