Re: Updates on Third Annual Interdisciplinary International Conference, June 23-25, 2016 to take place at Multimedia University of Kenya

Re: Updates on Third Annual Interdisciplinary International Conference, June 23-25, 2016 to take place at Multimedia University of Kenya


As the conference dates of June 23-25 2016 move closer, we would like to make some updates on the Third Interdisciplinary International Conference scheduled to take place in Nairobi, Kenya at Multimedia University of Kenya, from June 23 to 25, 2016 on the theme: “Rethinking Development Paradigms by Africa and its Partners.”  The co-hosting by Kenya Scholars and Studies Association (KESSA) has changed from Kisii University to Multimedia University of Kenya, which is a public university in Kenya, located on Magadi Road after Bomas of Kenya and the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Everything else remains the same. As earlier announced, conference participants will pay and meet their own travel and accommodation expenses. Multimedia University of Kenya has limited accommodation of 160 standard hotel rooms. For accommodation at Multimedia University of Kenya, contact Anne Muraguri at or Tel 020-2071391/2. There are other alternative hotels nearby. There will be registration fee (as specified on the call for papers) payable on arrival in Nairobi. Conference registration will start from 22 June 2016 at 2pm.


We hope that delegates travelling from abroad have already finalised visa plans to obtain clearance for entry into Kenya. If you need a visa and if there is a Kenyan diplomatic representation in your country, we urge you to process your visa in good time to avoid delays.  For purpose of visa application or entry at the airport, you can give the address of the Multimedia University of Kenya, Along Magadi Road, Off Langata Road, P.O BOX 15653- 00503, Nairobi, Kenya as your address while in Kenya.


We wish to advise you that on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, you will make your own transport arrangements to Multimedia University of Kenya in Nairobi. The cost for taxi fare from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Mulitimedia University should range between US$20 to 50. Multimedia University of Kenya is located along Magadi Road, Off Langata Road. Multimedia University has a hotel whose rates are attached.


In the next few days, we will be sending you the first version of the official conference programme. The conference will be opened in the morning of June 23, 2016 from 8.00am. Kindly send us your PowerPoint slides or confirm participation, and can work on full papers later, but must be sent to us after the conference if you are interested in the post conference publications.


For any questions related to the conference, please feel free to contact the conference convenors:

– Prof. Maurice Amutabi , Mobile Tel: +254700744545

Prof. (Eng.) Abel N. Mayaka Mobile Tel: +254723082890


We look forward to welcoming you in Nairobi to what we hope will be a truly memorable conference.


Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi, PhD                                Prof. (Eng.) Abel N. Mayaka, PhD

Co-Convenor, Conference Org Committee                           Co-Convenor, Conf. Org Committee


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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