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Music and Dance in Eastern Africa

Kahithe Kiiru
Maina wa Mũtonya

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1 Inge Brinkman is professor of African Studies at the Department of African Languages and Cultures at Ghent University (Belgium). She studied History and African Studies and received a Ph.D. degree from Leiden University (The Netherlands) with a thesis on oral and written literature, identity and gender in Central Kenya. Her fields of research include: African literature, African popular culture, and African history. The themes of her research engage African literature, performance, popular culture, narrative, literacy and books in the wider context of communication and public debate in terms of cultural history.

2 Kenedid A. Hassan is Associate Professor at Mount Kenya University (MKU) and the director of the Centre for Frankincense, Environmental and Social Studies (CFESS). He is currently involved in several ongoing research projects focusing on the Horn of Africa: the international frankincense trade, journalism and democracy in Somaliland, and the development of nationalist discourses in relation to poetic and musical expressions in Djibouti, Somaliland and Somalia. Kenedid holds a PhD in Sociology from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

3 Kahithe Kiiru is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University Paris Nanterre, attached to the Centre for Ethnology and Comparative Sociology (LESC). She got her master’s degree (MPhil) at the same university, with a specialization in Ethnomusicology and Dance anthropology. She is also a dancer, dance educator and choreographer. Since 2011, she has been doing research on traditional dances in Kenya and is currently writing her PhD dissertation. In her research, she examines the constitution of dance heritage in Kenya from the perspective of continuous circulation of individual and institutional actors, choreographic and identity strategies, and dance forms and vocabularies between the local and the national level.

4 Hassan H. Kochore is a PhD candidate at Max Plank Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany. His research interests include: pastoralist identities, ethnic and national identity politics, socio-economic and religious change. His PhD project draws on the disciplines of Anthropology, Demography and African Studies to critically explore the impacts of socio-economic change on traditional age/generation structuring system in an East African Age-set Society – the Boran of Northern Kenya.

5 Maina wa Mũtonya, a senior lecturer in Pwani University holds a Ph.D. in African Literature from University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He writes largely on literature, popular culture and politics in Africa. He has taught in Mexico, South Africa and Kenya. His research interests include the performance of power in post-independence Africa and identity formation in popular culture in Africa and the African Diaspora. His latest book, La Política de la Vida Cotidiana en la Música Popular Gĩkũyũ de Kenia (2017) talks about the interaction between culture, politics and popular music in postcolonial Kenya. Mũtonya is currently working on migration in Africa and the Caribbean as well as the Afromexican identities and representation of blackness in Mexico.

6Bettina Ng’weno is associate professor in African American and African Studies at the University of California, Davis. Trained as an anthropologist she works on issues of space, property, identity, social justice, citizenship and states within Latin America, Africa and the Indian Ocean region. She received her PhD in Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University and her Master’s degree also in anthropology from Stanford University. At the moment, she is writing a book on Nairobi that focuses on long-term residents, and the time and space of the city.

7 Gordon Onyango Omenya obtained his PhD in History from Université de Pau in France. He is currently a lecturer in the Department of History, Archaeology and Political Studies at Kenyatta University, Nairobi Kenya. His areas of interest include race relations, gender history, global history, popular culture and history of international relations.

8 Christina Woolner is a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge (King’s College), where she is completing a dissertation on the social and political lives of love songs in contemporary Hargeysa. Building on a long-standing interest in the role of narrative and storytelling in war and peace-building processes, her current research explores issues of voice and voicing, the mediation of experiences of intimacy, and the intersection of the personal and the political. She holds an MPhil in Social Anthropology (Cambridge) and an MA in International Peace Studies (Notre Dame), and has worked as a lecturer in peace studies at various universities in Canada and Somaliland.

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