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Welcome Dr Duncan Omanga - British Academy Visiting Fellow

last modified Sep 03, 2018 01:23 PM
We are delighted to welcome visiting researcher Dr Duncan Omanga to CGHR! Dr Omanga will be visiting until the end of February working on his research project ‘Appointment with God’; Facebook, State-Surveillance and Extra Judicial Killings of Criminal Gangs in Eastlands Nairobi.

In this project, funded by the British Academy Visiting Fellowship, Duncan Omanga explores the ‘peculiar’ use of Facebook in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi (Eastlands) where the affordances of social media reproduce a complex digital media world situating police, criminal gangs and the affected communities in one digital space. Generally, this project investigates how these interactions complicate and simplify responsibilities with regard to security and justice and specifically, will show how these digital spaces offer an opportunity for law enforcement surveillance, informalisation of security, and controversially, extra judicial killings. Drawing from these, this research explains the emerging competing claims of justice, human rights and security in an African metropolis.

Dr. Duncan Omanga holds a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Bayreuth (Germany) and is a past visiting fellow at the CAS (Centre for African Studies), University of Cambridge (2015/16). He is the head of department, Publishing and Media Studies (Moi University, Kenya). He has won several research grants to carry out research on social media in Kenya. Among these was the SSRC sponsored African Peace Network series where he was also a 2014 alumni and the CAS fellowship in 2015/6. 

Dr Duncan Omanga