The Department of Literature held a half-day Staff Seminar on 27th September, 2018 at the Boardroom of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (R.I.O.) in the Central Administration Complex.
Members of the Department of Literature, led by the Chairman of Department, Dr. Mugo Muhia met the First Year literature students in OML5 on 24/09/2018. The students had an opportunity to interact with the staff and to ask questions related to their careers and literature studies. The staff offered useful career advice to the students. In the photos, Prof. Oluoch Obura is addressing the students.
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.
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.”

Title/Qualifications: Master of Arts Degree in Literature
Position:
 Tutorial Fellow
Department: Literature Department
Contact Address: P.O. Box 43844-00100, Nairobi

 

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WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS

  • 29th July, 2015: Colloquium at the Literature Department, University of Nairobi.
  • 24th—31st May 2015: KOLA Conference at Kibabii University College: Redefining and Rediscovering Cultural Spaces: Shifting and Convergence of Cultures Across Bounderies/ Borders.
  • 15 July—20July 2010: 8th Conference of the International Society for the Oral Literatures of Africa (ISOLA): Leisure Lodge Resort, Diani, Mombasa.
  • November 2009: Kenya Oral Literature Association symposium: Diani, Mombasa.
  • April 2007: Conference of International Federation of Arts Council and Cultural Agencies (IFACA): The Sarova Hotel, July 2007.
    Workshop on “Challenges of Teaching English”: Machakos Girls High School, September 2006. .
  • Presented a Review of the Cannibals during the Annual Kenya Non-Fiction Authors Association (KENFAA): Maendeleo House, 2003.

RESEARCH

  • June—November 2009: “TRUTH” in Witness Literature.
  • May 2006: Field Research on the Oral Literature of the Digo and the Duruma of Kinango and Msambweni Districts.

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS

  • 15—17 September 2015: A Literary Re-Inscription of Christian Ethos in a Post Colony: A Reading According to David Mulwa’s Redemption and Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat. Presented at a Writer’s Conference at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.
  • 22 July 2015: “Literary Education and Transmutation of Indigenous Knowledge in the Era of Technologized Economy”—Presented at a Colloquium at the Department of Literature, University of Nairobi; ED 213, Education Building.
  • 24th—31st May 2015: KOLA Conference at Kibabii University College: Redefining and Rediscovering Cultural Spaces: Shifting and Convergence of Cultures Across Bounderies/ Borders.
  • 15 July 2010: “Redefining Oral Literature in the Space Age”—Presented during the 8th Conference of the International Society for the Oral Literatures of Africa held at the Leisure Lodge Resort, Diani, Mombasa from 15 July 2010 –20 July 2010.
  • 6 November 2009: ‘Oral Literature and Technology’—Emerging Spaces and the Evolution of Orality: KOLA symposium; Diani, Mombasa.

dr esther mithi

Dr. Esther Katheu Mbithi
Chairperson
Literature Department


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