Dr. Dishon Kweya

 

Dishon Kweya, PhD (Wits), Postdoc (UCT)

Senior Lecturer in Literature,

Department Literature, Languages and Linguistics,

Egerton University

P. O. Box 536, 20115 Egerton, Kenya

Honorary Research Associate, Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

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EDUCATION

 

2013

Postdoc

University of Cape Town, South Africa

2011

PhD, African Literature

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa

1990

MA , Literature

University of Nairobi, Kenya

1985

BEd, English and Literature

University of Nairobi, Kenya

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

 

Orality, Narrative and Identity, History of the book, Ethnicity, Transnational Studies, Personal Archives, Literacy, Research methodology

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

2012 - present

Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, Egerton University

1992- 2012

Lecturer, Egerton University

1990 - 1992

Tutorial Fellow, Kenyatta University

1988-1990

Teacher Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi

1986-1988

Graduate Assistant, University of Nairobi

1985-1986

High School Teacher

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

 

2013 - 2016

Honorary Research Associate, Faculty of Humanities, School of AXL, Department of Social Anthropology, Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

2012- 2013

NRF postdoctoral fellow, Faculty of Humanities, School of AXL, Department of Social Anthropology, Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

 

OTHER APPOINTMENTS

 

2013 -

Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Department of Literature, Languages and Linguistics

2013-

Member of Graduate Studies Committee, FASS

2012-

Member of the Department of Literature Languages and Linguistics seminars committee

2005-2009

In-Charge of Book Bursaries Office, School of Literature, Language and Media, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

2000-2005

Chair of Department (COD) Department of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, Laikipia Campus College, Egerton University.

 

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

 

2013-

Working on a book titled (tentatively): “Ethnicity as Tricksterism: The making of Postcolonial Nyole Identities”

2013

“East Africa-South Africa Connections and Comparisons”, Proposed research that arose out of discussions between Prof Isabel Hofmeyr and Prof Susan van Zyl of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa and some academic staff of FASS and Senior administrators of Egerton University. The discussion was held during the visit to Egerton by Prof Hofmeyr and Prof van Zyl to run a series of writing and methodology workshops at the university. The focus of the proposed research is the histories of the flows of people, ideas and goods between East Africa and South Africa following the end of apartheid which made possible a freer flow of influence between South Africa and the rest of the continent and the rest of the world. The proposed research will trace the history of the links between Southern and East Africa ranging from the circulation of ideas through such media as magazines, Christian missions, movement of Africans in search of Education from as far back as 1949 to date, flight and exile from apartheid, among others. The tentative plan is to hold a four-day workshop in 2014, to be followed by a bigger conference in 2015 where fully-fledged papers will be presented and published later in a special issue of a journal.

2013-

Preparing three papers for publication, two on literacy, the archive of oral history and performance, and one on representation of histories of ethnomedicine of Abanyole of western Kenya.

 

SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

1

Kweya, D. G., 2015. “Contesting the Curative Space: Politics of Healing in the Narratives of Nyole Ethno-medical Practitioners.” In G. Devy, G. Davis and K.K.Chakravarty (eds) Indigeneous Knowledge: Language and the Arts. London and New Delhi: Routledge.

2

Kweya, D.G., 2011(2009). “Imagining a Local Transnation: The Maseno border and the Production of Cultural Uncertainty.” –Egerton Journal, Vol. 8, pp. 104- 128.

3

Odhiambo, C. J. and Kweya D.G., 2010 (2008). “Male Corpsing as Performance of Masculinity among Abanyole of Western Kenya.” – Egerton Journal, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 64-77.

4

Kweya, D. G., 2009. “The Rhetoric of Healing: The Figurative Paradigm in the Process of Ethnotherapy.” In S. N. Madu (ed) Trauma and Psychotherapy in Africa. Polokwane, S Africa: University of Limpopo Press, for World Council for Psychotherapy, African Chapter, pp. 178-189.