International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of the British Declaration  of State of Emergency in Kenya in 1952 



October 2022 marks the 70th anniversary of the declaration of State of Emergency in Kenya by the colonial government. The declaration followed from the need to crush the rise of an armed Mau Mau movement, an anti-colonial struggle in the colony’s central and Rift valley regions. This conference provides scholars, in the global North and South alike, an opportunity, to reflect, once more, on Kenya’s colonial history. It is also a welcome window for the academy to take stock of recent scholarship on the ‘meanings’ of this declaration then and now: literally, the present of the past! Equally, the emergency period creates room for discursive notions mainly on the didactic Mau Mau historiography to open up vistas for novel research.

Theme: “Recasting Mau Mau Discourse: Reflections on the Declaration of the State of Emergency 70 years later.

The aim of the conference will be to debate individual papers and provide opportunity to share fresh reflections and re-evaluations of this episode in Kenya’s history and the subsequent developments that have a bearing on it. Have the aspirations of Mau Mau been met, how, and if not, why?

Sub Themes :

1. Mau Mau veteran lives

2. Muted Histories of Mau Mau

3. Kenyatta and Mau Mau

4. Women and Mau Mau

5. Independence and the politics of aluta continua

6. Democratising Mau Mau

7. Broadening the geographical research coverage of the Mau Mau

8. Manifestations of Mau Mau in independent Kenya

Abstract Submission

We request that you submit an abstract of 300-500 words and a short profile to Mr. Philip Kivati,  dept- on or before close of business on 25th September 2022.

Important Dates

·        Submission of Abstract  25th September2022

·        Conference Date              17th – 19th, October 2022

Conference Fees

  • Local participation Ksh. 2,500
  • Kenyan students Ksh. 1,000
  • Postdoctoral and international students: $ 50
  • International participants: $ 100

For further information contact

Email: Tel. +254 (020) 3318262

Conference Convenor:Dr. Kennneth S. Ombongi

Please, note that the link for conference registration for both in-person and  virtual participants will be sent out in a few days.