The idea of an Advanced Practical Research Methods Summer School was born from the extensive research experience and passion of the people at the BIEA.
The BIEA is located in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi. Its central location is ideal for visiting scholars and researchers who wish to use its facilities.
Kenya is an East African nation which lies across the equator in east-central Africa, on the coast of the Indian Ocean. It borders Somalia to the east, Ethiopia to the north, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, and Sudan to the northwest. In the north, the land is arid; the southwest corner is in the fertile Lake Victoria Basin; and a length of the eastern depression of the Great Rift Valley separates western highlands from those that rise from the lowland coastal strip.
Kwale County is a county in the former Coast Province of Kenya. The location of the field site is on average two-hours’ drive from the city of Mombasa in Msambweni Constituency.
For one week, we will be in the village of Mivumoni, located on the southern portion of Kenya’s coastline in the Shimba Hills, Kwale County. Mivumoni lies on the border of the Shimba Hills National Reserve, about 50 miles south of Mombasa (but far off the main highway). The area is home to communities of Mijikenda (in particular Digo, Duruma and Giriama) who have occupied vast stretches of Kenya’s coastline for generations. It is also home to a significant Kamba population, who settled there in the mid-20th century bringing with them a new language and culture. Mivumoni is therefore an extremely unique place, comprising multiple overlapping histories and a diverse assortment of everyday practices.