Dr. J. K. S. Makokha delivered a lecture to the English Department of Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey (SNDT) Women's University in Mumbai, India on 28th June, 2018. He later paid a courtesy call to Prof. Shashikila Wanjari, the Vice Chancellor of the university. The Vice Chancellor stressed the need for interlinkages and interlocutions between Indian and Kenyan universities citing the ongoing South-South paradigm of interdisciplinary studies. Dr. Makokha heads the Seminars and Presentations Committee of the Department of Literature, Kenyatta University. The topic of his lecture was “Aesthetic Roots of Literatures of East Africa.”
Dr. J. K. S. Makokha delivered a lecture to the English Department of Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey (SNDT) Women's University in Mumbai, India on 28th June, 2018. He later paid a courtesy call to Prof. Shashikila Wanjari, the Vice Chancellor of the university. The Vice Chancellor stressed the need for interlinkages and interlocutions between Indian and Kenyan universities citing the ongoing South-South paradigm of interdisciplinary studies. Dr. Makokha heads the Seminars and Presentations Committee of the Department of Literature, Kenyatta University. The topic of his lecture was “Aesthetic Roots of Literatures of East Africa.”
The Department of Literature’s Seminars and Presentations Committee organized a staff seminar presentation in the department’s resource centre. The presentation was made by the chairman of the committee, Dr. J. K. S. Makokha.
The Department of Literature held a seminar on 15/09/2016 in the Literature Resource Centre. The presenter was Dr. Mbugua Wa Mungai. His paper was titled "Contigent Textualities:The Mobile Text."
The Department of Literature held a seminar on 15/09/2016 in the Literature Resource Centre. The presenter was Dr. Mbugua Wa Mungai. His paper was titled "Contigent Textualities:The Mobile Text."
The Department of Literature held a seminar on 15/09/2016 in the Literature Resource Centre. The presenter was Dr. Mbugua Wa Mungai. His paper was titled "Contigent Textualities:The Mobile Text."
Department of Literature meeting with External Examiner
The Department of Literature held a seminar on 15/09/2016 in the Literature Resource Centre. The presenter was Dr. Mbugua Wa Mungai. His paper was titled "Contigent Textualities:The Mobile Text."
Seminar in the Literature Resource Centre
An academic staff seminar occurred in the Department of Literature on 13th October, 2016
An academic staff seminar occurred in the Department of Literature on 13th October, 2016
Colloquium to celebrate 50 years since the publication of Okot p'Bitek's Song of Lawino
Colloquium to celebrate 50 years since the publication of Okot p'Bitek's Song of Lawino
Literature Seminar: The presenter was Prof. Garvin Cologne-Brooks, a visiting scholar and creative writer from the United States
Meeting with the External Examiner. Dr. Joseph Muleka of the University of Nairobi
An academic staff seminar occurred in the Department of Literature on 13th October, 2016
The department of literature held a party to bid farewell to the former DVC, Administration, Prof. Wangari Mwai who was a dedicated member of the department. The party also served as a forum to celebrate the acquisition of PhD's by three members of the department, namely Dr. Anna Kula Miti, Dr. Ann Okungu and Dr. Kariuki Banda.
KU masters students taking the ALT808:Creative Writing course had a chance to listen to a presentation by Mr. Lucas Wafula of East African Educational Publishers, the leading publisher in the region. The presentation focussed on the writing and publishing process. This was one of the initiatives of the department of literature intended to link the departmental programmes to industry.
The Department of Literature’s Seminars and Presentations Committee organized a staff seminar presentation in the department’s resource centre. The presentation was made by the chairman of the committee, Dr. J. K. S. Makokha.
The Department of Literature’s Seminars and Presentations Committee organized a staff seminar presentation in the department’s resource centre. The presentation was made by the chairman of the committee, Dr. J. K. S. Makokha.

British Institute in Eastern Africa has posted a new item, 'BIEA: Thematic Research Grants - 1st CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2018'

1st CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Every year the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) invites applications for our small Thematic Research Grants. These funds are usually dispersed through two calls for applications per year, usually released in June/July and December. This is the first call for applications in the 2018-9 year. Please pay attention to this webpage in December 2018 for the 2nd 2018/19 grant call deadline information.

The British Institute in Eastern Africa invites applications for funding for research projects that engage with one or more of the following thematic areas:

  1. Citizens and Science in Eastern Africa
  2. Migrations and Mobilities
  3. Everyday States
  4. Land, Heritage ad Memory
  5. Spending Time

BIEA research funding is available to support original research within these thematic areas in any discipline in the humanities and social sciences across the region. The BIEA’s thematic grant scheme particularly seeks to help researchers who have limited access to other sources of funds. In doing so, the BIEA seeks to nurture early career researchers and scholars in eastern Africa, and is keen to fund small projects that lay the ground for larger projects.  Such researchers may include postgraduate students in eastern African or the UK, or people who have not followed conventional research careers but whose local knowledge or contacts make them well-fitted to conduct quality research.

This funding supports original research in the humanities and social sciences, and we particularly encourage applications from the wider eastern African region, which we define as stretching from Sudan, to Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, and including Madagascar. Grants are normally between £500 and £1,000; in exceptional circumstances, up to £1,500 may be awarded. The grant should contribute towards actual research costs and not include institutional overheads, applicant’s stipend or publication costs. Priority is given to researchers based in the UK or eastern Africa.

All applications and references must be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 26th of June 2018.

Late applications will not be considered. Please Complete the Application Form (downloadable here).

BIEA’s research funding is competitive, and we can only fund a limited number of applicants. Your application must make a clear and compelling case for why we should support your proposed research. It is a condition for the investigator to provide BIEA with written documentation that the research has been approved through ethical review prior to receiving the grant. Applications should include:

  • a covering letter making your case for a grant and explaining the background to your project;
  • a CV;
  • a completed application form;
  • a detailed proposal (maximum 1500 words) setting out how the project fits into the thematic area;
  • a clear and realistic budget detailing how you will use the amount requested;
  • a plan for dissemination – PhD thesis, journal article, conference papers, etc (BIEA will not fund research if there is no prospect that anyone will ever hear about the results).

You will need to arrange for a reference to be sent directly to BIEA by the closing date. The referee must support you and endorse the project in your application. For postgraduate students, your referee must be your supervisor.

Successful applicants will be informed within one month of the closing date. If you have not heard from us by then, please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.

If you are successful in your grant application, you must be a member of the BIEA to receive your award.

For more information on the grants, see guidelines for applying.

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Dr. Esther Katheu Mbithi
Chairperson
Literature Department


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