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Dr. Mbugua Wa Mungai


Title/Qualifications: PhD
Department/Unit/Section:
Literature
Contact Address:
P.O. Box 43844-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
Position:
Senior Lecturer
Telephone: 020810901 Ext 574
Cellphone : 0713210159
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Research Project
  • The Cultural Politics of Dirt in Africa:1880-Present, a 5-year research collaboration between University of Sussex, University of Lagos and Kenyatta University (EU Project Number 323343)

Chapters in peer-reviewed books

  • Wa Mungai, M. 2013.Nairobi's Matatu Men: Portrait of a Sub Culture.
  • Kimongo, D.M., Mwai W. and Wa-Mungai, M. 2012.Urban Youth Folklore Genres: Mchongoano, Lambert, Saarbrucken.
  • Wa-Mungai, M (2010). Iconic Representations of Identity in Kenyan Cultures.
  • Mbugua wa Mungai and George Gona (ed) Remembering Kenya: Identity, Culture, Freedom, Vol.1, Nairobi, Twaweza Communications, ISBN 9966-7244- 7-8.
  • Wa-Mungai, M. (2009). Innovating 'AlterNative' Identity: Nairobi Matatu Culture. Kimani Njogu and John Middleton (ed) Media and Identity in Africa, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, ISBN 13: 978-0748635221.
  • Wa-Mungai,M., (2008) Disability Rhetorics and Identity in Kenya. Kimani Njogu (ed), Culture, Performance and Identity: Paths of Communication in Kenya Twaweza Communications, Nairobi, ISBN 9966724419.
  • Wa-Mungai, M. (2007) 'Kaa masaa, dangle with spiders': The Myriad Threads of Nairobi Matatu Discourse. James Ogude and Joyce Nyairo (ed), Urban Legends, Popular Culture and Popular Literature in Kenya, Africa World Press,Trenton, N.J and Asmara, ISBN 1592214991.
  • Wa-Mungai, M. (2007) " 'Ismarwa!' It is ours": Popular Music and Identity Politics in Kenyan Youth Culture. Kimani Njogu and Garnete Oluoch-Olunya (ed) Cultural Production and Social Change in Kenya (2007),Twaweza Communications, Nairobi, ISBN 9966974377.

Articles in referred journals

Books

Chapters in Books

  • Wa Mungai,M.(2014): This is a Robbers’ System: Popular Musicians’ Readings of the Kenyan State. Brenda Cooper and Robert Morrel (ed) Africa-Centred Knowledges, James Currey,New York,ISBN 978-1-84701-095-7.
  • Wa-Mungai,M.(2010a) .Dynamics of Popular Transgression: The Speed Culture of Nairobi Matatu. Danielle de Lame and Ciraj Rassool (ed) Popular Snapshots and Tracks to the Past. Royal Museum for Central Africa,Tervuren. ISBN 978-9-0747-5279-4.
  • Wa-Mungai,M.(2010b) Dimmina: Matatu Mobility as a Metaphor for Social Survival in Nairobi, Kenya. Koln International School of Design et al (ed) Learning from Nairobi Mobility, KISDedition, Cologne.ISBN:978-3-9812459-3-6
  • Wa-Mungai,M. (2010c) ‘Soft Power’.Popular Culture and the 2007 Elections. Karuti Kanyinga and Duncan Okello (ed) Tensions and Reversals in Democrastic Transitions: The Kenya 2007 General Elections.SID, Nairobi. ISBN 978-9966-786-13-9.
  • Wa-Mungai,M. (2010d) Iconic Representations of Identity in Kenyan Popular Cultures. Wa-Mungai,M. and Gona,G. (ed) (2010). (Re)Membering Kenya Vol. 1: Identity,Culture and Freedom. Goethe- Institut, Nairobi.
  • Wa-Mungai,M.(2009). Innovating ‘AlterNative’ Identity: Nairobi Matatu Culture. Kimani Njogu and John Middleton (ed) Media and Identity in Africa, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, ISBN 13: 978-0748635221.
  • Wa-Mungai,M., (2008) Disability Rhetorics and Identity in Kenya. Kimani Njogu (ed), Culture, Performance and Identity: Paths of Communication in Kenya Twaweza Communications, Nairobi, ISBN 9966724419.
  • Wa-Mungai, M. (2007) ‘Kaa masaa, dangle with spiders’: The Myriad Threads of Nairobi Matatu Discourse. James Ogude and Joyce Nyairo (ed), Urban Legends, Popular Culture and Popular Literature in Kenya, Africa World Press,Trenton, N.J and Asmara, ISBN 1592214991.
  • Wa-Mungai, M. (2007) “ ‘Ismarwa!’ It is ours”: Popular Music and Identity Politics in Kenyan Youth Culture. Kimani Njogu and Garnete Oluoch-Olunya (ed) Cultural Production and Social Change in Kenya (2007),Twaweza Communications, Nairobi, ISBN 9966974377.
  • Wa-Mungai, M. (2007) “Bodily Contrariness”: Some Preliminary Questions on Disability and Leadership in Kenya. Kimani Njogu (ed) Governance and Development: Toward Quality Leadership in Kenya, Twaweza Communications, Nairobi, ISBN 9966974350.
  • Wa-Mungai,M. (2006). Hidden Dollarz $ Centz: Working the Wheels of Nairobi Matatu Culture. Helen Charton-Bigot and Deyssi Rodriguez-Torres (ed) Nairobi Contemporain: Les paradoxes d’une ville fragmentee, Karthala: Paris and IFRA: Nairobi, ISBN 2-84586-787-5.
  • Wa-Mungai, M. (2005).Wahome Mutahi & Kenyan Popular Culture. Herve Maupeu and Patrick Mutahi (ed) Wahome Mutahi’s World, TransAfrica Press, Nairobi, ISBN 9966-940-96-0.
  • Wa-Mungai,M.(2004) Gikuyu Birth and Death Rituals. Phil Peek and Kwesi Yankah (ed) African Folklore: An Encyclopedia, Routledge, New York ISBN 0-415-93933-1.

Participation/Attendance of Conferences/Workshops

  • 2017: Draft Policy on Education and Training for Learners With Disabilities", Hotel Kunste, 20th to 22nd September.
  • 2015: Mobilities and Textualities Workshop, University of Cape Town, 19th-30th May, 2015.
  • 2014:Planning workshop for the Cultural Politics of Dirt in Africa, 1886 to the present, University of Lagos, 5th-8th January 2014.
  • 2013:East African Literature and Culture @50 Conference, University of Nairobi, September 2013.-Implementation planning workshop for the Cultural Politics of Dirt in Africa, 1886 to the present, University of Sussex, 29th September-16th October  2013.
  • 2012:Teaching Decolonization and Postcoloniality workshop,University of Cape Town, October 2012.-Africa-Centered Knowledge workshop organized by PERC, University of Cape Town, February 2012.
  • 2010:Keynote Speaker, Cadbury Workshop, University of Birmingham, 6th-8th May,2010.-Planning Workshop for the tripartite ‘Teaching Decolonization and Postcoloniality’ project between Kenyatta University,Free University of Berlin and University of Cape Town, held at the Free University of Berling,18th-20th October, 2012.
  • 2009:The Race in Culture”, a conference held during May 1st-2nd, Mershon Center,Ohio State University,USA.
  • 2009:“Issues in Accessing Higher Education” Fulbright Scholars Conference held on 19th-21st March, 2009 Washington D.C. USA.
  • 2009:The form of Value in Globalized Traditions held on 6th-7th March,
  • 2009:Mershon Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA.
  • 2008:Interrogating South Asian Masculinities Conference held on 3rd-7th November, 2008, Bellagio Conference and Study Center, Italy.
  • 2008:African Studies Association 51st Annual Meeting “Knowledge of Africa: The Next Fifty Years” held on November 13-16, 2008 Chicago, Illinois USA.
  • 2008:“The wellbeing of black men and masculinities in the United States and Africa”,a scholars network workshop held on 16th -19th May,2008,Serena Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • 2008:“African youth development through art and technology: The role of African hip hop” conference, held on 13th-15th March, 2008,Harvard University, USA.
  • 2007:Disability, Culture and Human Rights Conference, held on 13th-16th June, 2007, Lenana Conference Centre, Nairobi, Kenya.  
  • 2007:Culture and Identity conference held on February 24, 2007, Lenana Conference Centre, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • 2004:Media and Identity Conference held on 4th-6th August 2004,Holiday Inn, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • 2003:Colloquium on Popular Culture held during November 27th-December 1, 2003, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg,South Africa.
  • 2001:Annual American Folklore Society conference held during   16th-20th October 2001.

Presentation of papers at academic and professional conferences

  • Wa-Mungai, Mbugua: “Contours of Sociation among Nairobi Road Users.” Textualities and Mobility workshop, Department of English, University of Cape  Town, 20th  May 2015.
  • Wa-Mungai, Mbugua “ ‘Isn’t this a text still?’Contigent Textualities”.Textualities and Mobility workshop, Department of English, University of Cape  Town, 23rd  May 2015.
  • Wa-Mungai, Mbugua: “Through a Folklorist’s Camera: Nairobi’s Young Men in (Im)possible positions”, Center for Folklore Studies Annual Lecture held on 1st October, 2008, Mershon Center, Ohio State University, USA.
  • Wa-Mungai, Mbugua: “Besieged masculinities: Nairobi’s matatu men”,paper presented at the Interrogating South Asian  Masculinities conference held on 3rd-7th November, 2008, Bellagio, Italy.
  • Wa-Mungai, Mbugua: “Youth masculinities in Kenyan urban culture”paper presented at the Scholars Network on “the wellbeing of black men and masculinities in the United States and Africa” held on 16th -19th  May,2008,Serena Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Wa-Mungai, Mbugua: “Youth-state dystopia: Hip hop culture as a model for social survival in Nairobi, Kenya”, paper presented at the African Hip-Hop conference held on 13th-15th March, 2008,Kennedy Center for Governance, Harvard University, USA.
  • Wa-Mungai, Mbugua:    “Disability onomastics in Kenyan Cultures”, paper presented at the Disability, Culture and Human Rights conference held on 13th-16th June 2007, Lenana Court Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Wa-Mungai, Mbugua: “Innovating AlterNative Identities: Nairobi Matatu Culture”, paper presented at the Media and Identity Conference held on 4th-6th August 2004, Holiday Inn, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Wa-Mungai, Mbugua:  ““Kaa Masaa, Dangle With Spiders”: The Myriad Threads of Nairobi Matatu Discourse”. Colloquium on Popular Culture held during November 27th-December 1, 2003, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Wa-Mungai, Mbugua & David A. Samper:“‘No Mercy No Remorse’: Nairobi’s Matatu Mode of Travel and Passengers’ Personal Experience Narratives” paper presented during the Annual American Folklore Society Conference held during 16th -20th October 2001, Anchorage , Alaska, USA.

Exhibition

  • 2007: 17th May, 2007, “Matatu and the City”, a photo exhibition held under the Urban Art: Sanaa Noma theme, Godown Arts Centre, Nairobi, Kenya.

 

 

 

 

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