The Big Question on Kenya’s Tribes

Dec
05
December 5, 3:00 pm
Where

University    of    Nairobi    Towers,   Mini   Lecture   Room   401    
 

Where

University    of    Nairobi    Towers,   Mini   Lecture   Room   401    
 

How many tribes are in Kenya? Why has there been different numbers over a period of time? What is the significance of the number of tribes?

These are some of the issues that Dr Samantha Balaton-Chrimes will be addressing at the IDS seminar,  “Who Are Kenya’s 42(+) Tribes? The Census and the Political Utility of Magical Uncertainty.”

The seminar is based on her study, which shows that Kenyans have grappled with tricky political questions about ethnic groups and their size in postcolonial times largely through avoiding precision and certainty. The magic of ethnic categories and numbers is that they are pregnant with possibilities, both benevolent and dangerous.

The seminar, which is part of the IDS bi-monthly seminars series, will be held at the University of Nairobi Towers (Room 401) on 5th December 2019. The seminars are coordinated by Dr Radha Upadhyaya, a Research Fellow at the Institute.

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