SOAS University of London

Africa Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Chege Githiora

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  • Teaching
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Overview

Chege Githiora
Africa Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Senior Lecturer in Swahili

Centre of African Studies

Member, Centre of African Studies

Centre for Translation Studies (CTS)

Acting Chair, Centre for Translation Studies (Term 1)

SOAS World Languages Institute

Member

Name:
Dr Chege Githiora
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+44 (0)20 7898 4395
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Academic Support Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-3pm

Biography

Dr Chege Githiora studied in Kenya and Mexico before earning an MA and PhD in Linguistics from Michigan State University, USA. He has previously taught at El Colegio de México (Mexico), Boston University (USA) and Kenyatta University (Kenya).

Dr. Githiora is author of many peer reviewed journal articles and books including Diccionario Swahili-Español (El Colegio de Mexico, 2002), Afro-Mexicans: Discourse of Race and Identity in the African Diaspora (Africa World Press, 2008), and Unmarked Grave (Phoenix Publishing, 2017), a translation of the 1969 Swahili original, Kaburi Bila Msalaba. His latest book, Sheng: Rise of a Kenyan Swahili Vernacular (James Currey, forthcoming November 2018) is an in-depth study of the complexities of multilingualism in Nairobi City, change and variation in Swahili, translanguaging and the role of African languages in education. 

He is a current member of the Modern Languages Advisory Board, of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and member of the editorial board of the Journal of African Cultural Studies (JACS).

Teaching

Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
Convenor of the Swahili Year Abroad programme.

PhD Supervision
  1. Dr. Caroline Mose, ‘Kenyan Hip-hop: Interrogating Socio- Political Interventions of Popular Youth Culture in Nairobi’ (SOAS PhD Awarded June 2012).
  2. Dr. Ida Hadjivayanis, ‘Swahili Translation: Socio-cultural specificity of Norms’ SOAS Ph.D. (Awarded June 2012)
  3. Dr. Jean Seraphim Kamdem, ‘The Acquisition of functional skills in bilingual adult literacy programmes: Case studies from Cameroon’, SOAS PhD awarded in May 2010.
  4. 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.)
  5. Internal Examiner for: Dr. Ann Schumann. PhD. January 14, 2011. (SOAS Ph.D. Awarded June 2011.)
  6. 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.)
  7. 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)
  8. External Examiner, Dr. Teferi Degeneh, ‘The Development of Oromo Writing System,’ University of Kent, PhD Awarded 2015)

 

Research

African linguistics, multilingualism and language policy, dialectology, lexicography, African culture and literature in African languages, (oral and written), translation theory and practice, the African Diaspora in Latin America.

Expertise

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Available for
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • Africa
  • Latin America
Country Expertise
Languages
  • Gikuyu
  • Spanish
  • Swahili

Publications

Authored Books

Githiora, Chege (2018) Sheng: Rise of a Kenyan Swahili Vernacular. London: James Currey. [Forthcoming]

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.

Articles

Githiora, Chege (2016) 'Sheng: The Expanding Domains of an Urban Vernacular'. Journal of African Cultural Studies, (30) 2, pp 105-120.

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.

Edited Books or Journals

Githiora, Chege, (ed.), (2012) Waswifu wa Ahmed Sheikh Nabhany. London: JC Press.

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. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press (USA).

Book Chapters

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. Amsterdam: 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. Amsterdam: 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.

Translations

Githiora, Chege (2017) 'Unmarked Grave: A Story of the Mau Mau War' .

Conference Items

Githiora, Chege (2015) 'The Logic of Sheng and Its Impact on Kenya's Linguistic Ecology' In: International Conference on African Urban Youth Languages, December 11-13, 2015, Kenyatta University, Nairobi. [Unpublished]

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'.

Githoria, Chege (2004) 'Creative writing in African languages: Production Mediation, Reception'.

Videos

Githiora, Chege (2014) 'Sheng, Urban Youth Vernacular of Kenya Lecture'. [Unpublished]

Other

Githoria, Chege and J., Christopher (2002) 'Pimsleur Language Program: Swahili'.

 

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