Utafiti: A research workshop for scholars of eastern Africa

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10:00 am to 5:00 pm
SOAS, Senate House North Block
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About this event

This event is jointly organised by Brown University and SOAS University of London.


Utafiti is an interdisciplinary workshop for early-career researchers working on Eastern Africa. This year our participants come from fields including anthropology, history, linguistics and geography. During the day we will hear talks from PhD students about their current work, providing a chance for them to get input from their peers, established scholars and the general public. The day concludes with a keynote speech by Claire Mercer on her new monograph, and a response from Mike Degani, followed by a drinks reception.


10:00amArrival at SOASRoom S113, Senate House North Block, SOAS  
10:15am-10:30amWelcome and IntroductionRoom S113, Senate House North Block, SOAS  
10:30am - 11:50amMorning SessionRoom S113, Senate House North Block, SOASDaniel Krugman (Brown University, Medical Anthropology)Kansa, Saratani, and the Political Economy of Postcolonial Language in Costal Tanzania
11:15 - 12 noonPaul Muiru (University of Cambridge, History)Kikuyu Christianity and its Public Role in Colonial Kenya, 1891 - 1960
12 noon - 1:00pmLunch Break
1:00pm - 1:45pmAfternoon SessionRoom S113, Senate House North Block, SOASAlexandrine Royer (University of Cambridge, Social Anthropology)Building Donor Valley: Acceleration and Inequality in Kigali's Startup Industry
1:45pm - 2:30pmTheo Stapleton (University of Cambridge, Social Anthropology)Money & Merit: Translating Values at a Chinese Buddhist Mission in Dar es Salaam 
2:30pm - 3:00pmCoffee Break
3:00pm - 3:45pmAfternoon SessionRoom S113, Senate House North Block, SOASTom Jelpke (SOAS, Linguistics)Languaging in Nairobi: conceptualising languages, dialects, and linguistic variation in an urban multilingual setting
4:00pm - 5:00pmKeynote AddressWolfson Lecture Theatre, Senate House North Block, SOASDr. Claire Mercer (Professor of Human Geography, London School of Economics and Political Science) with a response from Dr. Mike Degani (Assistant Professor of Environmental Anthropology, University of Cambridge)The Suburban Frontier: Middle-Class Construction in Dar es Salaam
5:00pm - 6:00pmDrinks ReceptionSenate House Cloister  

Any queries: please contact Adam aj29@soas.ac.uk

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