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Invitation to public lecture by Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung fellow Prof. Dr. Christopher Joseph Odhiambo and Maryline Kirui Chepngetich


We warmly welcome Prof. Dr. Christopher Joseph Odhiambo and Maryline Kirui Chepngetich from Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, who are visiting the Research Institute for Music Theatre Studies (fimt) and the University of Bayreuth from September to November 2022 as part of an alumni research stay at the invitation of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Please join us for their public talk at Bayreuth University where they will present their current research on West African Drama and Theater.

Wednesday, November 9th, 2-5 PM

Room S 54, RW II, University of Bayreuth
Host: Research Institute for Music Theatre Studies   

Social Responsibility, Social Response-ability and Theatre for Development

The talk emerges from part of the on going research on “Social Responsibility and Social Response-ability of Artistic Imaginaries” in Eastern Africa. It will focus on a short play entitled ‘Camels of Tarbaj’ that was the winning play at the Kenya National Drama and Film Festival (KNDFF) 2019 and recently concluded collaborative project between University of Leeds and Moi University on “Theatre for Development on Youth Sexuality and Contraception in Ahero, Kisumu County”. 

Christopher Odhiambo Joseph, Professor of Literature and Applied Drama/Theatre,

Moi University (Eldoret, Kenya)

Research Topic: Constructions of Marginalized Identities, Violence, and Trauma in Selected Fictional Texts from East Africa

My research examines the representations of constructions of marginalized identities in selected fictional texts from East Africa and how this marginalization is the precursor to violence and concomitantly trauma. My presentation, will, however, focus on part of the work that analyses Ebrahim Hussein’s landmark theater play Kinjeketile (1969). I assess the dramatic representation of the body as a site for the enactment of marginalization and violence.

Maryline Kirui Chepngetich, PhD candidate, Literature, Moi University (Eldoret, Kenya)