Call for papers for special workshop on the Review of 2013 General Elections in Kenya: What worked and what did not work and way forward

Call for papers for special workshop on the Review of 2013 General Elections in Kenya: What worked and what did not work and way forward
General conference theme: “Review of 2013 General Elections in Kenya”

Venue: The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) Main Campus, Langata, Nairobi
Conference Dates: June 26-29, 2013
Deadline May 10, 2013

The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) is delighted to announce a call for papers, panels and roundtables to discuss the aftermath of the 2013 General Elections. After acrimonious General Elections of 2013, Kenya has a new President, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, inaugurated on April 9, 2013 as the Fourth President of the Republic of Kenya. The election of Uhuru Kenyatta as President in first round was surprising because it defied all the opinion polls which had projected that a winner will emerge in the second round during the run off between the two top candidates from the first round. The announcement of the results of the presidential elections in Kenya on March 9, 2013 by the Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission of Kenya (IEBC) has come under a lot of criticism for alleged omissions and commissions. Similarly, Kenya’s Supreme Court has attracted a lot of criticism for sustaining the result of the election of Jubilee Coalition’s Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner of the presidential elections after a case filed by CORD coalition led by then Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Many political pundits and observers had predicted a second round and have been at pains to explain what may have happened to make their predictions wrong.

There are those who think pollsters and analysts ignored the turn out factor, while others point an accusing finger at the handling of elections by the Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission of Kenya (IEBC), especially for the failure of voter identification kits to work, failure of the Bio Metric Equipment to work and failure to adhere to electronic transmission of results as recommended by the Kriegler Commission. Although Peace prevailed in Kenya during and after the 2013 General Elections in Kenya, defying the prophets of doom who had predicted violence, there are those who feel that there is still a lot of tension in the air. Raila Odinga and his running mate did not attend the inauguration ceremony that made Uhuru Kenyatta Kenya’s Fourth President which has created certain level of uncertainly. These are the issues that we hope participants can discuss during this special workshop on Kenya’s 2013 elections.

Organized and hosted by the Department of Research at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), during the 2nd Interdisciplinary International Conference to be held between June 25-29, 2013 at the CUEA Main Campus, Langata, Nairobi, Kenya, this special workshop will focus on Decision 2013.
Submission of abstracts: Send abstracts of between 250 and 500 words, including full contact details (title, name, address, email-address, and telephone) as well as institutional affiliation by 10th May, 2013 to Prof. Maurice Amutabi at Amutabi@cuea.edu or Amutabi@yahoo.com

Invited speakers and panelists to this special workshop include Linus Gitahi (Nation Media Group), Dr Mzalendo Kibunja (NCIC), Samuel Kamau Macharia (Royal Media), Dr Julius Jwan (NCIC), Prof. Makau Mutua (Suny, Buffalo), Ali Mazrui (Suny, Binghamton), Prof. David Kikaya (USIU), Prof. Macharia Munene (USIU), Prof. Korwa Adar (USIU), Prof. Karuti Kanyinga (University of Nairobi), Prof. Frank Matanga (MMUST), Dr. Tom Wolf (Ipsos Synovate), Angela Ambitho (Infotrak Research and Consulting), Prof. Gitile Naituli (Multimedia University), Barrack Muluka (KIM), Dr. Adams Oloo (University of Nairobi), Prof, Maurice Amutabi (CUEA), Mutahi Ngunyi (The Consulting House), Prof. Godwin Murunga (University of Nairobi), Dr Edward Kisiangani (Kenyatta University), Gideon Maina (CUEA), Kwendo Opanga (Intermarc Communications), David Okwemba (BBC), Linus Kaikai (Nation Media) Joe Ageyo (Standard Group), Noah Otieno (Standard Group), John Allan Namu (Standard Group), Alex Chamwada (Royal Media), Dr. Patrick Dikir (Technical University of Kenya), Dr. Washington Makodingo (Akodingo Consulting), Ibrahim Mwathane (LGDI), Mwenda Makathimo (LGDI),

Some papers presented at the conference will be selected and published in edited volumes and journals affiliated to CUEA

The subthemes of the special workshop include the following:
The Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission of Kenya (IEBC)
The Process of 2013 General Elections
The Supreme Court
The Role of the Media in Decision 2013
Proposed Electoral Colleges
E-voting and e-tallying in Kenya
Proposals to Reform Financing of Elections in Kenya
Returning and Presiding Officers
Election Monitoring
Land and Elections
Opinion Polls
Exit Polls
Tyranny of minority groups
Tyranny of ethnic numbers
Political Party Primaries in Kenya
Revisiting the Kriegler Commission Report
Challenges of Covering 2013 Elections
Campaigns and Management of Hate Speech
Ethnicity and Elections

Registration Fees
Staff and students from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) -KShs.2,500.00
Staff and students from other universities in Kenya KShs.5,000.00
Staff from East African Universities and Organizations KShs.5,000.00
Rest of Africa US$ 100.00
Rest of the World – Europe, North America, Asia, etc US$ 120.00
Registration fee payments to: The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Attn: 2nd Annual International Conference)

ALL GENERAL ENQUIRIES TO BE ADDRESSED TO:
Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi, Convener
The Catholic University of Eastern Africa
P.O BOX 62157-00200 CITY SQUARE
NAIROBI, Kenya
Tel: 254-020-891601-6 ext 2207
E-mail: amutabi@cuea.edu or amutabi@yahoo.com

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About African Interdisciplinary Studies Association Website

Prof. Maurice Nyamanga Amutabi is President of African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA), a pioneer professional associaiton bringing together members from all disciplines in Africa and abroad. He is a former Fulbright Scholar who previously worked as Deputy Vice Chancellor at Kisii University and also Director of Research and Professor in Peace and Strategic Studies at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), 2010-2013. He has previously taught at Central Washington University, USA (2005-2010) in African Studies Programme and Moi University (1992-2000) in the Department of Development Studies and other public universities in Kenya. Prof. Amutabi holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in History and African Studies. He received his B.A (Hons) in 1989 in Political Science and History and M.A in 1991 from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Maurice Amutabi is co-editor of Regime Change and Succession Politics in Africa: Five Decades of Misrule (with Shadrack Wanjala Nasong’o) – in 2013. Amutabi also co-edited Africa after Fifty Years: Retrospections and Reflections (with Toyin Falola and Sylvester Gundona) in 2012. Amutabi is the author of The NGO Factor in Africa: The Case of Arrested Development in Kenya (New York: Routledge, 2006). Amutabi is co-author of Nationalism and Democracy for People-Centered Development in Africa (Moi University Press, 2000). He has also co-authored Foundations of Adult Education in Africa (Cape Town/Hamburg: Pearson/UNESCO, 2005). He has written two novels, Because of Honor (a novel on Islam in Africa) and These Good People (a novel on corruption in Africa). Amutabi is also the author of Nakhamuma Stories (a collection of short stories from the Abaluyia community of western Kenya). His chapters have appeared in over thirty books. His articles have appeared in several refereed and reputable journals such as African Studies Review, African Contemporary Cultural Studies, Canadian Journal of African Studies, International Journal of Educational Development; and Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. Amutabi has made presentations at over one hundred national and international conferences. Amutabi is the Vice-President of the Kenya Studies and Scholars’ Association (KESSA), Kenya’s premier research and academic organization. He is the editor-in-chief of Kenya Studies Review and Eastern Africa Journal of Humanities and Sciences. Prof. Amutabi has conducted extensive research on many issues of development. He has taught courses on peace and conflict and gender and development. He teaches in the PhD and Masters Programme in the Institute of Peace and Security Studies at Kisii University. He enjoys blogging and writing and is an avid sports fan, but does not support any of team, preferring to support the team that plays well.
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