Damaris Seleina Parsitau (PhD)

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Damaris Seleina Parsitau (PhD)

Director and Lecturer, Institute

of Women, Gender & Development

Studies (IWGDS) and Dept of PHR

P.O BOX 536-20115,

EGERTON University

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EDUCATION

PhD

Kenyatta University 2013

Religion, Gender & Public Life in Kenya

MA

University of Nairobi 2000

Sociology of Religion

BA

Egerton University 1991

History & Religious Studies

WORK EXPERIENCE

2012 to date

Director IWGDS

Egerton University

2008-2014

Senior Lecturer at the IWGDS and Dept. of Philosophy, History and Religious Studies, Egerton University

Egerton University

2007-2008

Visiting Research Fellow(Women and Public Culture Programme)

University of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK

2006

Visiting Research Fellow (Civil Society and Development in Africa)

University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

1998 April 2007

Ass Lecturer, PHR Department

Egerton University

Nov1991-1998

Teaching Assistant, PHR Dept Egerton University.

Egerton University

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

Religion, Gender and Politics

Gender, Civic Engagement and Public Life in Kenya

Gender Based Violence(GBV)

Gender and Disability Mainstreaming

Women and Transformational Leadership

Women and Governance

Gender, Security and Peace Building

Gender & Human Rights

PUBLICATIONS (PEER REVIEWED BOOK CHAPTERS & JOURNAL ARTICLES)


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Parsitau, D.S (2014) Embodying Holiness: Gender, Sex, Bodies and Patriarchal Imaginaries in a Neo-Pentecostal Church in Kenya, in Augustine Agwuele (2014), Body Talk and Cultural Identity in the African World, Equinox Publishers, Texas State University, USA. ISBN-13- 9781782791851 www.equinoxpub.com

Parsitau, D. S (2014) Building Bridges of Peace and Reconciliation? Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) and Religious Peace Building Initiatives in Kenya’s Rift Valley Province (in Press in Studia Historiae Ecclesiaticae (SHE) Journal of the Church History Society of Southern Africa, University of Pretoria) http://uir.unisa.ac.za

Parsitau, D.S (2014), Pentecostalising the Church of Scotland? The Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) and the Pentecostal Challenge in Kenya (1970-2010), in Adogame, A and Lawrence A (2014), Scotland in Africa, Africa in Scotland: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Hybridities, Leiden Brill, Netherlands, (pages 230-252), brill.com/aegis. ISSN-1574-6925

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Parsitau, D.S & Mwaura, P.N (2013) Gendered Charisma: Women in Mission in Neo-Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements in Kenya in Lieneman-Perrin (et al) (2012), Putting Names with Faces: Women’s Impact in Mission History, Abingdon Press (Pages 123-146) www.abingdonpress.com ISBN 13:976-1-4267-5839-3

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Parsitau, D.S (2012) Agents of Gendered Change: NGOs and Pentecostal Movements as Agents of Social Transformation in Urban Kenya, in Freeman, D (2012), The Pentecostal Ethic and the Spirit of Development: Churches, NGO and Social Change in Neo-Liberal Africa, Palgrave Macmillan http:/www.palgrave.com (Pages 203-220)

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Parsitau, D.S & Mwaura, P.N (2012) Perceptions of Women’s Health and Rights in Christian New Religious Movements in Kenya, in Adogame, A (eds) African Traditions in the Study of Religion in Africa: Emerging Trends in Indigenous Spirituality and the Interface with other world, Ashgate Publishers www.ashgate.com (Pages 175-186).

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Parsitau, D.S (2012) Gospel Music in Africa: Contemporary Christian Music in Africa between the Sacred and Profane in Bongmba, E. K (2011), Religious Music in Africa, Willey Blackwell Companion to African Religions, First Edition, Blackwell Publishing Limited 2012, (pages 489-510), www.willeyblackwell.com

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Parsitau, D.S (2011) Rethinking the Socio-Political Impact and Significance of Pentecostal Christianity in Kenya (1970-2009) in Ndarangwi, M.N (2011) Jesus and Ubuntu: Exploring the Social Impact of Christianity in Africa, Africa World Press, Trenton, New Jersey, p.123-145 www.africaworldpressbooks.com

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Parsitau, D.S (2011). Arise oh ye Daughters of Faith: Pentecostalism, Women and Public Culture in Kenya, in England, H (2011) Christianity and Public Culture in Africa, Ohio University Press, p. 131- 148.

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Parsitau, D.S & Mwaura, N.J (2010).Gospel without Borders:” Gender Dynamics of Transnational Religious Movements in Kenya and the Kenyan Diaspora, with Mwaura, P.N, in Afe Adogame & Jim Spickard (2010), Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden Netherlands, Religions Crossing Boundaries: Transnational Religious Dynamics in Africa and the New African Diaspora,p 185-210.

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Parsitau, D.S (2008) ‘The Impact of Structural Adjustments Programmes (SAPS) on the Health Status of Women in Kenya” in Martyn Sama & Vinh-Kim Nguyen (eds.), 2008 Governing Health Systems in Africa, Dakar: CODESRIA, 191-200.

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Parsitau, D. S (2014). Visions of Development and Progress: the Role of Pentecostal Churches in Kenyan Development, CODESRIA (forthcoming in Annuls of Social Science).

13

Parsitau, D. S (2012) From Voices of the People to Discordant/Stifled Voices: Theological, Ethical and Social Political Voice and Voicelessness in a Multicultural/Religious Space, Perspectives from Kenya forthcoming in Studia Historiae Ecclesiaticae(SHE) Journal of the Church History Society of Southern Africa, University of Pretoria, Vol 38(243-268) http://uir.unisa.ac.za

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Parsitau, D. S (2011) The Role of Faith and Faith Based Organizations among Internally Displaced Persons in Kenya, Oxford Journal of Refugee Studies, Special Issue, Faith Based Humanitarianism in Contexts of Forced Displacements 24 (3) 2011- 493-512

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Parsitau, D.S, Kamaara, E.K, Gumo-Kurgat & Kayeli, E. (2010) “Doing Theology in the Context of Globalization: Perspectives from Kenya,” Concilium, Asian Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies, Madras India, Volume XLVI, (141-164) 2010 Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese versions can be accessed at www.queriniana.it

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Parsitau, D.S, Browning, M.S, Chamwama, E.K, Kamaara, E. K Sussy-Gumo Kurgat, Reimer-Barry, E., Vasko, E and Viau, V(2010): “Listening to Experience, Looking Towards Flourishing: Ethnography as a Global Feminist Theo/ethical Praxis”Practical Matters, A Trans-disciplinary Multimedia Journal of Religious Practices and Practical Theology, Emory University USA, Issue 3 Spring, 2010. This article can be accessed at www.practicalmattersjournal.org

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Parsitau, D.S. (2010) Wounded Hearts, Unbroken Spirits: Stories of Survival among Women IDP and Survivors of GBVs in Kenya, in Browning, M.S (et al,) “Listening to Experience, Looking Towards Flourishing: Ethnography as a Global Feminist Theo/ethical Praxis”Practical Matters, A Trans-disciplinary Multimedia Journal of Religious Practices and Practical Theology, Emory University USA Issue 3 Spring, 2010. This article can be accessed at www.practicalmattersjournal.org and is available in German and Spanish

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Parsitau, D.S (2010) “God in the City”: Pentecostalism as an Urban Phenomenon in Kenya, with Mwaura, P.N in Studia Historiae Ecclesiaticae (SHE) Journal of the Church History Society of Southern Africa, University of Pretoria 36. (2).95-112.

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Parsitau, D.S (2009). ‘Keep Holy Distance and Abstain till He Comes’: Interrogating a Pentecostal Church Discourses and Engagements with HIV/AIDS and the Youth in Kenya, Africa Today, Indiana University Press Journals, (Special Issue Christianity and HIV/AIDS in Eastern and Southern Africa), 56. (1). 44-64.

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Parsitau, D.S (2009) The Role of Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches in Kenya’s 2007 General Elections with Kinyanjui, F.K in Orita, Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies, XLI/II 158-178

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Parsitau, D.S (2008). ‘Sounds of Change and Reform:’ The Appropriation of Gospel Music in Political Process in Kenya, Studies in World Christianity Series, University of Edinburgh 14 (1) 55-72.

22

Parsitau, D.S (2008). God Vs Allah: Islam, Pentecostal Christianity and the Contest for Public Space in Kenya, of Singapore National University International Sociological Association (ISA), E-bulletin, Issue 3(10) 3-43.

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Parsitau, D.S (2007). ‘From the Periphery to the Centre:’ the Pentecostalization of Mainline Christianity in Kenya, in Missionalia: Southern African Journal of Missiology, Acad SA Publishers (Special Issue on African Pentecostalism), 35. (3). 83- 111.

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Parsitau, D.S (2006). ‘Then sings my Soul:’ Gospel Music as Popular Culture in the Spiritual Lives of Kenyan Pentecostals, in Canadian Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Volume XIV, 2006. http://www.usask.ca/relst/jrpc/articles14.html

JOURNAL AND BOOK REVIEWS/ EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERSHIP AND SERVICE TO THE ACADEMIA

1

Reviewer for Oxford Journal of Refugee Studies(JRS), Oxford University UK

2

Reviewer of Journal of Development Studies-Leiden Brill, Netherlands

3

Associate Editor and frequent reviewer of Society for Theory of Religion and Theology, Leiden, Brill, Netherlands

4

Editorial Board Member for the Journal, Religion and Theology, A Journal of Contemporary Religious Discourse, University of South Africa

ADMINISTRATIVE CONTRIBUTIONS

1

Chairperson of the Board of the IWGDS(EU)

2

Board Member of National Cohesion and National Integration Mainstreaming Committee (EU)

3

Board Member of Nairobi City Campus (NCC-EU)

4

Alternate Board Member of Procurement and Tenders Committee (EU)

5

Member of Corruption Prevention Committee (CPC) Egerton University

6

International Board Member of the Global Women Leadership Network(GWLN) and Women Leaders of the World Programme(WLW)-San Francisco, California, USA0

SUPERVISION OF MA AND PhD STUDENTS

1

Julieth Fernandes Gitagno: Thesis Title “The Effects of Alternative Rite of Passage on Girls Education Among the Keiyo Community of Elgeyo Marakwet County of Kenya, finalized.

2

Fransisca N. Kamande: Thesis Title “The Effects of HIV/AIDs Pandemic and Gender on the Economic Status and Social Interaction of the Infected Youth in Kaptembwo Location, Nakuru County- finalized.

3

Danny Ogwae Bosire: Thesis Titled: The Role of the PAG Church in Development of Educaton in Nyamira County, Kenya from 1938 – 2011- submitted.

4

Justine Namiinda: Thesis Title “Factor Influencing the Rate of Primary School Girls Drop out in the Eastern Zone of Nakuru Municipality- finalized

5

Eunice A. Okello: Changing Gender Roles in the Fishing Industry in Homa Bay County, Kenya 19-2012, finalizing

6

Josephine Nthenya Muandu: Research Proposal “Factors Influencing Academic Performance of Girls in Mixed Day Secondary Schools in Njoro District, Nakuru County, Kenya- doing fieldwork.

7

Justine Nyatete Nyakundi, ‘Trends and Patterns of Sexual Violence Against Children in Nakuru Town, Nakuru County’-field work

8

Judy Ngina: Research Proposal: Gender Implications of Household Inaccessibility to Improve Water and Sanitation in Kaptembwa Informal Settlement, Nakuru County-doing fieldwork

9

Rachael Chepkemoi Marindany: M.A Proposal Title: Factors influencing adoption of Alternative Rites of Passage for Girls among Christians of Oleguruone Division, Nakuru County. Kenya-doing fieldwork

10

PH.D SUBERVISION

Lilian R. Chesikaw: PhD Research Proposal “Gendered Evaluation of Poverty Reduction Policies and their Implementation Approaches in Baringo North District, Baringo County, Kenya-doing fieldwork.

11

George Kwenya Kwenya Ph.D Research Proposal: Effectiveness of Income Generating Activities Among Women and Men Living with HIV/AIDS in Siaya and Kisumu Counties- writing proposal.

12

Samuel Nduati: Ph.D Research Proposal: Transforming Masculinities in Anglican Diocese of Nakuru County: A case study of Kenya Anglican Men’s Association (KAMA)- writing proposal.

FELLOWSHIPS, APPOINTMENTS AND HONORS

2009 – Funded Participant in Exploring Global Feminist Theologies in Postcolonial Space: A Learning and Research Immersion Project for Feminist Graduate and Post-Graduate Students from Kenya and the US. Funded by the Wabash Centre for Teaching and Learning, the American Academy of Religion, Loyola University of Chicago and the University of San Diego, USA

2009 – Funded Participant in the Julius Nyerere Intellectual Week Festival on Women and Pan Africanism at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on the 13th -17th April 2009, Ford Foundation travel grant.

2007/8 –Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Cambridge (UK), Centre of African Studies (CAS). Theme: Religion and Public Culture in Africa. Research Project: Women, Pentecostalism and Public Culture in Kenya.

2007 –Delegate at the World Forum on Theology and Liberation (WFTL), Nairobi, Kenya, 16-19 January 2007.

2006 –– Laureate at CODESRIA’S Gender Institute: Women and Governance Programme 0ctober 2006

2006–Visiting Research Fellowship (June –July- August 2006), University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Centre of African Studies. Theme: Civil Society, Democracy and Development in Africa. Research project: The Role of Pentecostal Christianity as Civil Society in Democratization of Kenya.

2006 – Laureate at CODESRIA’S Social Science Campus held in Dakar, Senegal on 18-21 December 2006, on the of The Role of Institutions in African Development. Paper Presentation: The Role of Pentecostal Churches in Kenyan Development.

2005 – Laureate at the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Regional Methodological workshop in Social Science Research in Africa: Fields and Theories of Qualitative Investigation 2005 Session /East Africa, 11-15 April 2005, Nairobi, Kenya.

2004 – Laureate at the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) inaugural session on Health, Politics and Society in Dakar, Senegal, March-April 2004. Research topic: The Impact of Structural Adjustment Programmes on the Health Status of Women in Kenya

KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS/CONSULTANCIES

CODESRIA Comparative Research Network(CRN)

Research Theme: Religion, Spirituality and Power in Kenya and Uganda Coordinated By Prof Philomena Mwaura, D.S Parsitau, Margaret Gechaga, & Paddy Musana among others.

AMOUNT OF GRANT WON- 28,000 USD

American Academy of Religion(AAR)

Damaris Parsitau, The Feminization of the New Immigrant African Pentecostal Communities (Collaborating Institution- Egerton University and University of Edinburgh, Scotland UK)

Amount of Grant US$5000

Institute for Money, Technology and Financial inclusion (IMTFI)

Look Culture Marries and Inhabits Technology and Technology are Domesticated! The Impact of M-Pesa on Women Chamas in Kenya, A Research Proposal Submitted to the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial inclusion (IMTFI) (2014-15)

Amount of Grant: US$ 28 000

EGERTON UNIVERSITY

R&E

Dangerous spaces: “Kenya’s Public Universities as Locus for Gender Based Violence: A case study of Egerton University.

Amount of Grant: Kshs. 400,000

GENDER MAINSTREAMING WORKSHOPS/ SEMINARS/TRAINING

YEAR

DATE

TRAINING/WORKSHOP

PLACE

2013

25/10/13

THE NCIC/FBA/IJR Policy Brief Seminar on Engendering the Peace and Reconciliation Process

Crown Plaza Hotel Nairobi

2013

23/7/2013

The National Dissemination Workshop and Academic Forum To Stop Violence Against Girls In Schools

Catholic University Of East Africa (CUEA) Nairobi

2013

26/8/2013

The Association of Commonwealth Universities: Enhancing Gender Equity in Leadership and Management of Higher Education

Nairobi

2013

13-15/11/13

Integration of Gender and ICT in Leadership, Management & Governance for best Management Practices under Devolved Systems of Governance

Naivasha

2014

26/11/2014-28/11/14

Gender and Disability Mainstreaming

Naivasha

RESEARCH INTERESTS, COMPETENCIES AND PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

KEY COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS

  • Teaching and Research Experience spanning over fifteen years
  • Supervision of Post Graduate Students (Currently Supervising (11 MA and 4 Ph.D)
  • Local and International Conference attendance and presentations in East Africa, South and West Africa, North America, Europe, Israel and the Middle East.

KEY AREAS OF RESEARCH INTEREST

Religion, Gender, and Public Life.

A Strong interest in Gender and Development Studies,

Girl Chid Education and Empowerment

Governance, Leadership and Human Rights Issues

Gender, Peace Building and Security

Consultant on Gender, Peace and Security with African Peace Building Network(APN)

SPECIALIZED TRAINER OF TRAINERS AND EXPERTEES ON:

Gender Mainstreaming,

Gender & Budgets,

Gender and Disability Mainstreaming

Women and Transformational Leadership,

Youth, Governance and Transformational Leadership

Gender, Peace and Security

Gender Based Violence

Gender and Policy Making

SPECIALIZED TRAINING BY PASGR (PARTNERSHIP FOR AFRICAN SOCIAL & GOVERNANCE RESEARCH ON THE FOLLOWING:

1. Training in Orientation to Case Study Teaching (OCST) Course,

2. Alternative Pedagogical Approaches to Course Development

3.Curriculum Development Workshop

4.Trained in Research and Public Policy

5.Helped develop Curriculum in Gender, Social Diversity and Equity

6. Public Policy Course for the Masters in Research and Public Policy (MRPP)

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT FOR IWGDs in PROGRESS

1.Developing Curriculum in B A Gender, Human Rights and Sexuality

(Certificate Course, Diploma, B.A, MA and Ph. D)

2. Developed Curriculum on Gender, Peace and Security

(Certificate Course, Diploma, B.A, MA and Ph. D)

3.Youth, Governance and Transformational Leadership-short courses

4.Women and Transformational Leadership-short courses/summer school

MANAGEMENT/ADMINISTRATIVE SKILLS & COMPETENCIES

Excellent Managerial Skills, A team player (DIRECTOR IWGDS)

Communication and Interpersonal skills

Expertise in Capacity and Team Building

Expertise in Conference Organization and Facilitation. I have successfully convened two International Conferences and recently hosted two successful 13th and 14th Gender Awareness Days at Egerton University in 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively.

SERVICE TO THE ACADEMY

2012 International Planning Committee of a Conference on Politics, Poverty and Prayer: African Spiritualities, Economic and Socio-Political Transformation, held at the University of Pretoria, South Africa December 5/7/2012

2010– 2012 – Conference Planning Committee and Convener of the fifth African Association for the Study of Religions International Conference onSports, Leisure, Religion & Spirituality in Africa and the African Diaspora” held at Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya, 18-23 July 2012.

2010-2015 East African Representative and Executive Member, African Association for the Study Religion (AASR)

2011-International Planning Committee of a Conference on Being Afro-Descendant in Multi-Cultural Religious Spaces: Identity, Religion and Spirituality in the African Diaspora Worldwide, held in Salvador, Sao Paulo, Brazil October 25-30th 2011

2010 – Conference Planning Committee: Politics, Poverty and Prayer: Global African Spiritualities and Social Transformation. Africa International University (AIU), Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST), Nairobi, Kenya, 22-25 July 2010.

COMMUNINTY WORK AND SERVICE

  • Mentorship and Role model to a number of Maasai Girls in various schools and colleges
  • Patron of Egerton University Secretary’s Club
  • Patron of Egerton University Secretaries Investment Club
  • Patron of Maasai Girls High School
  • Member of the Nakuru Women Business and Professional Association
  • An active Member of the Forum for African Women Educationists-FAWE.

MEDIA INTERVIEWS

Egerton Radio 6/10/13

The Standard published on 21/10/14

The Star/published 21/10/ 2013

KTN LEO 8/12/2014

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP/AFFILIATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS

  • Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)
  • African Peace Building Network (APN)-Gender Consultant
  • African Leadership Centre (ALC)- Gender Consultant
  • Working Group on Leadership in Peace Building (WGOLIPB)-Gender Consultant
  • FAWE Forum for African Women Educationists-Member
  • American Academy of Religion (AAR)
  • British Association for the Study of Religion(BASR)
  • African Association for the Study of Religion (AASR)-Executive Member/East African Representative/Acting Deputy Webmaster
  • Global Women Leadership Network(GWLN)- San Francisco, California, USA
  • Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR)-Executive Member
  • The International Network on HIV/AIDS- East African Rep
  • Women Leaders of the World- San Francisco, California, USA
  • Circle for Concerned Women Theologians Africa-Kenyan Chapter
  • Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies (Egerton University)-Chair of the Board
  • Kenya Scholars Studies Association (KESSA)
  • Gender Round Table Forum and Seminar Series (IWGDS)
  • PANAFSTRAG-Pan African Strategic Research and Policy Group