IDS@50 Methodological Note

Methodological Note:

The symposium will be facilitated in didactic manner with individual reflection, panels of resource-persons and opportunities for each participant to generate new ways of understanding and being.

There are essentially three parts to the symposium

Celebrating decades of scholarly activism and activist scholarship

What constrains collaboration and what can we do about it?

Between the past and the future: Retooling scholar-activists for the new Kenya

A note will be developed and shared publically from the Symposium. The symposium will be live-tweeted with the hashtag #IDS@50. Media will be invited to cover the event and blogs and opinion editorials will be developed to share learnings from the event

Facilitator’s Agenda

Time

 

 

2.00

Welcome, context setting

Welcoming remarks – Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Opening remarks - Dr. Winnie Mitullah and Ali Hersi

 

 

 Ali Hersi

2.15

Celebrating decades of scholarly activism and activist scholarship

What examples do we have research that informed democratic development and accountable governance? What policy and public impact did these studies have? What practices informed the research choices? What are the main elements of policy influencing research?

First Panel:  KNHRC Living large (2005) by Ory Okolloh (10mins)|

Coordination and Liaison Office KNDR reports: (2008-12) Dr. Karuti Kanyinga (10)|

SID Pulling Apart (2004) Duncan  Okello (10) | Opinion polling for Action by Margaret Ieri, TISAResearch (10)

Plenary discussion (20)

Synthesis remarks from Sam Mwale (10)

“What makes iconic influential research therefore”? (5)

 

 

 

3.25

 

What constrains collaboration and what can we do about it?

What has changed in the landscape of scholarship, activism in the last decade?

What constrains closer collaboration? Why is research not informing activism and vice versa?

What narratives and relationships are missing?

What could we do about these?

Second panel: Dr. Collins Odote (10) and Prof Njuguna Ngethe (10)

Plenary discussion (20)

 

 

Irungu Houghton

4.05

Between the past and the future: Retooling scholar-activists for the new Kenya

In a brave new world of 140 characters, infographics and open data, do we need policy-briefs and working papers? What new interesting work is taking place? What new roles could we play in the new constitutional order?

Third panel: Abdullahi Boru (10), Nanjira Sambuli (10) and Peter Kariuki (10)

Plenary Discussion (20)

Reactions from  Dr. Kimani Njogu (10) and Ambassador Bob Godec (10)

 

 

5.15

Closing remarks and invitation to refreshments – Orwa Michael