25 April 2006. British historian Dr Lotte Hughes presents a paper on the forced moves that cleared the Kenyan highlands for European settlers on the occasion of the publication of her book on the theme at the Alliance Franaise. Moving the Maasai (Palgrave Macmillan) tells the story of how the Maasai people of Kenya lost the best part of their land to the British in the 1900s, as well as exploring how the story has come full circle, with Maasai leaders and lawyers now planning to sue Britain and Kenya over their loss. A former researcher at St Antonys College, Oxford, Dr Hughes currently lectures in African arts and cultures at the Open University. She is the first historian to thoroughly examine the moves and their repercussions, whose implications extend far beyond the Kenyan context. The seminar is presented in conjunction with the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA) and the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA). 14.30.

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Moving the Maasai.

Alliance Franaise auditorium, Loita/Monrovia Streets, Nairobi. Tel. +254 (0) 20 340054/79. E-mail: info@alliancefrnairobi.org.