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Department of History

Ms BUSHIDI Cecile Feza

BA (SOAS) African History and African Studies; MSc (Oxon) African Studies


Bushidi Cecile Feza
Ms BUSHIDI Cecile Feza
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Thesis title:
Mwomboko: Performing Historical Narratives of Kenya between 1920s and today.
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PhD Research

Adopting an interdisciplinary thematic and theoretical framework of study, my research examines the historical evolution of a Gikuyu dance and music performance that emerged in the mid-1920s Central Province of Kenya. This performance is known as mwomboko. This historical ethnography investigates how the contexts of emergence, the forms, as well as the instrumentalization of mwomboko were shaped by, and evolved in parallel with, the political, social and cultural forces unfolding in Kenya between 1920s and today.

This three-year research is generously funded by the Wolfson Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities.

PhD Conferences

'The politics of music recording and collection in Kenya from the colonial period to the late 1970s', paper presented at Mapping the Field, second ESSA Conference, University of Copenhagen (June 2014).

’Social dance and the politics of intimacy: the case of mwomboko dance’, paper presented at Making a Scene: Network of Intimacy, the Institute for Psychoanalysis, London (July 2013).  

’Danse, histoire, et méthodologie: le cas de mwomboko’, paper presented at Figures du geste dansé: mythes, identités, interprétations, CEHTA/EHESS, Paris (May 2013).

’Researching dance in African history: ethics, constraints, and possibilities’, paper presented at Afnet Africa Research Day, SOAS/University of London (April 2013).