Dr. Peter Wafula Wekesa
Name: Dr. Peter Wafula Wekesa
- 2019: Completed a Certificate course on Bioethics by CBE-KEMRI for Kenyatta University Ethics Review Committee (KUERC).
- 2013: Completed a Certificate course on Teaching Methodology administered by the Centre of Teaching Excellence and Evaluation at Kenyatta University.
- 2013: Completed an Advanced Research Certificate on Issues Peace, Security and Reconstruction in the Great Lakes, CODESRIA, Dakar Senegal.
- 2008: Certificate in Project Cycle Management (PCM), Heinrich Boll Foundation and GS Consultants, Nairobi.
- 2002: Certificate in the Study of Gender Issues, CODESRIA, Dakar.
- 2002: Certificate in Cultural Studies at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta India.
- 2000: Certificate in the Study of African Governance Issues, CODESRIA, Dakar
- 2000: Completed an Advanced Study and Research course in the African Humanities, Northwestern University, Evanston USA.
- 1999: Certificate in Computer Applications, Kenyatta University
Research and Publications
- Peter Wafula Wekesa (2023). History, Identity and the Bukusu-Bagisu Relations on the Kenya and Uganda Border. Maryland: Lexington Books
- Kimani Njogu and Peter Wafula Wekesa (eds) (2015) Kenya’s 2013 General Elections: Stakes, Practices and Outcomes, Nairobi: Twaweza Communications
- Peter Wafula Wekesa (2010), Politics and Nationalism in Colonial Kenya, London: Lambert Publishing.
- Dec 2023: Public Participation as a Key to Leaving No one Behind, Nairobi: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation Research. ISBN: 9966-957-59-6
Chapters in Books
- Peter Wafula Wekesa (2023) “Colonial Boundaries and Emerging Border Contestations in Post-Independence Kenya” in Nasongo, Amutabi and Falola (eds.), Handbook on Contemporay Kenya History, Palgrave.
- Peter Wafula Wekesa (2020), “ Politics of Music and Space in Nairobi” in Etyang, Nyairo and Sievers (eds.) Ten Cities: Clubbing in Nairobi, Cairo, Kyiv, Johannesburg, Naples, Berlin, Luanda, Lagos, Bristol, Lisbon . Spector Books
- Peter Wafula Wekesa (2019), “ Post independent Kenya and the Border Question”, in Mwangi, S; et al (eds.) (2019). The State and Nation-Building Processes in Kenya since Independence: Remembering the Marginalized and Forgotten Issues and Actors. Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon.
- Peter Wafula Wekesa (2017): “Land Resource, Livelihoods and ethnic Mobilization: A Comparative Study of two East African Locations” in Tukumbi and Gahama (eds) Peace, Security and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Dakar: CODESRIA.
- Peter Wafula Wekesa, Pius Kakai and Felix Kiruthu (2014): "Politics in Post Colonial Zimbabwe: From Optimism to Disillusionment", in Maurice Amutabi and Shadrack Nasong'o (eds.), Regime Change and Succession Politics in Africa: Five Decades of Misrule.
- Peter Wafula Wekesa (2013): ‘Constitutionalizing gender rights and the politics of inclusion in Kenya since 1963’, in Mansah Prahed, Insights into Gender Equity, Equality and Power Relations in Sub- Saharan Africa, OSSREA.
- Peter Wafula Wekesa (2010): ‘Magendo and Survivalism: Babukusu-Bagisu relations and Economic Ingenuity on the Kenya- Uganda Border’ in D. Feyissa and M. Hohneeds Borders and Borderlands as Resources in the Horn of Africa, London: James Curry.
- Peter WafulaWekesa (2010): ‘Negotiating Kenyanness: The Debates’ in M. Mbugua and G, Gona (eds.) (Re)membering Kenya: Identity, Culture and Freedom, Nairobi: Twaweza communications.
- Peter WafulaWekesa (2008): ‘Historical Memory and Border Community Relations in East Africa: Quests and Research Directions’ In Speitkamp W. eds History and Memory Gottingen: V& R Press.
Articles in Refereed Journals
- Peter Wafula Wekesa (2021) “Curriculum Coordination as Leadership in a Kenyan Public University” CODESRIA HEPI Publication.
- Peter WafulaWekesa (2013): ‘Border resources, conflicts and regional integration in East Africa’ in African Journal of Regional Integration
- Peter WafulaWekesa (2010): ‘Old Issues and New Challenges: The Migingo Island Controversy and the Kenya-Uganda Borderland” in Journal of Eastern African Studies’ Vol 4 Number 2. Oxford: Routledge.
- Peter WafulaWekesa (2008): ‘Representing African Music: Postcolonial Notes, Queries’, A review in Africa Development XXX111 No. 1, 2008.
- Peter WafulaWekesa (2007): ‘Mahewa: Negotiating Youth Identity through Rap Music in Kenya’, in Jahazi, Nairobi: Twaweza.
- Peter WafulaWekesa (2006): “Challenges of Music Education in Kenya” in Chemichemi Journal of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kenyatta University
- Peter WafulaWekesa (2004): ‘The Politics of Marginal Forms: Popular Music, Cultural Identity and Political Opposition in Kenya’, in Africa Development Vol XXIX No. 4..
- Peter WafulaWekesa (2004): Review article of Dharam Ghai's book, Renewing Social and Economic Progress in Africa, in the Spring 2004 issue of Journal of Third World Studies (JTWS).
- Peter Wafula Wekesa ( 2002): Review Article of Post-colonialism and the Politics of Kenya by Pal Ahluwalia,1996 in East African Social Science Research Journal, volume xvii No. 1,OSSREA
- Peter WafulaWekesa ( 2001): “Creating Political Identity through Music:Bukusu Music as an Agent of Political Expression in Kenya’s Multiparty Era, 1990- 1997” in Atuti A. (ed.)Independent Review Journal 2001 Vol. 2 No. 1 May
Articles in Conference Proceedings
- Peter WafulaWekesa ( 2010) ‘Cultural Flows and the new forms of Sociability in Nairobi’ Nairobi Cultural Library, Nairobi: Goethe Institute Proceedings
- Peter WafulaWekesa( 2008): ‘Globalization and the New Pan East Africanism: exploring Borderland research and theoretical issues in the Study of Regional Integration’, Occasional Paper series No 1 ISBN: 978-987-1183-88-3. Asdi: Apisa, Clacso, codesria conference Proceedings, Havana Cuba.
- Peter WafulaWekesa ( 2005): ‘Brothers in the Wilderness: The Dilemmas of Dual Citizenship and the Cross-Border Migrations Between the Bukusu of Western Kenya and the Bakisu of Eastern Uganda, 1990-1997’, in Zegeye ed. Migration andCitizenship in Africa. Dakar: Codesria
- Peter WafulaWekesa ( 2003): “Bridging the Gap: Music and the AIDS Campaign in Kenya since1990” in Music Therapy International (MTI) MONOGRAPH Series.
- Peter WafulaWekesa ( 2001): “Music and the Electoral Process in Kenya” for The International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) Conference held in Turku Finland, Published in Karki K., Leydon R. and Terho H. (eds), 2002, Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Popular Music Studies 20 Years Later, (pp.497-505) IASPM Turku.
Fellowships and Grants
- May 2020: Recipient of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation Grant to carry out research on “Public Participation as a Key to Leaving No one Behind”.
- January 2020: Recipient of the Carnegie Collaborative Research Grant on Public-Private Universities Partneships in Africa.
- May 2019: Recipient and Fellow of the CODESRIA, Higher Education Leadership (HEPI) Grant.
- December 2014: Recipient and Fellow of the CODESRIA, Multinational Working Group Grant on Land Grabs and Food Sovereignty in Africa.
- July 2013: Recipient and Fellow of the CODESRIA, Great Lakes Initiative andAdvanced Research on Issues of Peace, Security and Reconstruction in the Great Lakes Region.
- 2012 (March to June): Fellow, Global South Scholar in Residence at the Graduate Institute of International and Development studies, Geneva, Switzerland.
- 2011: Fellow and member of the Multi-disciplinary Partner team on poverty, Resource accessibility and spatial mobility in East Africa (MPRAM). The grant wasawarded by IRD.
- 2008: Resource member of the methodological training in social sciences and humanities in East Africa organized at Kenyatta University and Arusha. The programme was supported by the IRD and the French Embassy.
- 2005: Fellow of the Global South Programme organized by CODESRIA, CLACSO and APISA between 5th 5th Nov in Havana Cuba.
- December 2002: Fellow, of the CODESRIA GENERAL ASSSEMBLY, the Nile Hotel, Kampala Uganda.
- January 2002: Fellow, of the Sephis South-South Programme at the Centre for Studies in SocialSciences, Calcutta, India
- June To August 2000: Fellow of the CODESRIA GOVERNANCE INSTITUTE, Dakar, Senegal.
- January to June 2000: Fellow of the CODESRIA African Humanities Institute Programs at the University of Ghana-Legon and Northwestern University USA.
- August to October 1999: Member of the Ford Foundation Sponsored Research Team in Ethnicity, Civil Society and Community Relations in a Democratizing Kenya.
Participation in Workshop/Conferences
- May 2023: Organized a History International Conference on Post-colonial Africa at Kenyatta University in Honor of Professor Toyin Falola.
- May 2022: Participated in the Tambo Mbeki online Workshop on Africa Union at 20 hosted by Professor Toyin Falola.
- October 2019: Participated in the African Studies Association of Africa Biennial Conference held at USIU Nairobi.
- September 2019: Facilitated a Training and Skills Development Workshop on “Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth in Kenya”, Mount Kenya University, Thika.
- August, 3-4, 2015: Participated in the CODESRIA Multinational Working Groups Workshop in Abuja, Nigeria.
- August 2014, Participated in the curriculum Review of the History., Archeology and political Studies Courses at KUCC, Nairobi.
- 15th-18th July 2013, Participated in Training Workshop for KU staff on Teaching Methodologies Conducted by the Centre for Teaching excellence and Evaluation, Business Centre, KU.
- November 2008, Participated in the National Conference on Gender in Kenya at the Nairobi Safari Club, Lillian Towers.
- July 2008, Participated in workshop on Leisure in Sub-saharan Africa: Colonial and Postcolonial Transformations organized by the BIEA, in Naivasha, Kenya.
Presentation of papers at Academic and Professional Conferences
- June 19-21, 2014- Conference on Refugees and IDPs in KU. I presented the paper titled “Borders, conflicts and the refugee question in the Great Lakes Region: Historical and contemporary perspectives”.
- September 8-11, 2010 Attended an international workshop at the University of Basel, Switzerland on ‘Cross Border Trade in Africa”, I presented a paper titled “Magendo, Economic Ingenuity and the Paradoxes of Inter-state Relations on the Kenya-Uganda Border, 1966-1980”
- May 21-22, 2010, Attended an international workshop at the Centre of African Studies (CEMAf) Paris on ‘African Independences and Boundaries, I presented a paper titled “Independence and Border Community Relations: Reflections on the Kenya Uganda Case, 1962-1972”
- September 10-12, 2009, Attended a conference organized by Aborne, on ‘How is Africa Transforming Border Studies’, at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, SA and presented a paper titled “old Issues and New Challenges: The Migingo Island Controversy and the Kenya-Uganda Borderland”.
- October 28, 2007, Attended a workshop organized by the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA) in Arusha, Tanzania and presented a paper on ‘Sources’.
- September 2006, Attended and presented a paper at an International Workshop on ‘Divided they Stand” at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle Saale Germany
Convening and Coordinating Conferences
- March 2022. Convened the Toyin Falola Lecture at Kenyatta University, Nairobi.
- December 15th 2012, Co-Convened a regional Methodological Training Workshop on Qualitative and Quantitative Research techniques in KU.
- 2011 to Date: As the departmental staff/ Seminar coordinator I have Successfully organized and coordinated more than 10 student and staff seminars in the Department since my appointment.
- September 2007 to Date, I have been a co-convenor of the Gender Roundtable Seminars (GRS), as part of the cooperation between Heinrich Boll Foundation (HBF) and the Department of History, Archeology and Political Studies, KU.