You are invited to the African Studies Program’s exciting event: a book talk and book signing by Nanjala Nyabola on her book, “Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Kenya”.
WHEN: THURSDAY, September 26th, 2019 | 4PM-6PM
WHERE: WGSI LOUNGE, New College, 40 Willcocks St.
Author’s Bio: Nanjala Nyabola is a writer, independent researcher and political analyst currently based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her work focuses on conflict and post conflict transitions, with a focus on refugees and migration, as well as East African politics generally. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Al Jazeera, World Politics Review, as well as chapters in edited collections. She is the author of “Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Kenya” and the co-editor of “Where Women Are: Gender and the 2017 Kenyan Elections”.
Nanjala holds a BA in African Studies and Political Science from the University of Birmingham, an MSc in Forced Migration and an MSc in African Studies, both from the University of Oxford, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Book Synopsis: What happens when the breakneck speed of digital uptake in Kenya collides with a slow, mistrusting physical commons? While the impact of the Digital Age on Western politics has been extensively debated, there is still little appreciation of how it has been felt in developing countries, such as Kenya, where digital technologies and social media are increasingly a part of everyday life. This book presents a unique contribution to the debate on digital democracy by shifting the central narrative away from the West and towards an unlikely country on an unexpected continent that can foreshadow what comes next. The book also explores what happens when online activism starts to hold power accountable, when traditional propaganda becomes ‘fake news’, or when private foreign capital circles the most expensive election in the world.
Reframing digital democracy from the African perspective, Nyabola’s ground-breaking work opens up new ways of understanding the current online era, and the impact this new frontier could have on the way we do politics around the world.
All Welcome + Delicious refreshment!
Sponsored by the African Studies Program at New College
Convener: Professor Marieme Lo, Director, African Studies Program
Date: September 26th, 2019
Start Time: 4:00pm
End Time: 6:00pm
Location: WGSI Lounge, New College, 40 Willcocks St.