Fraudulent Developments: Technology and Deception in Postcolonial Kenya

Ray Thornton, History

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 12:00pm
LAPA Conference Room, 348 Wallace Hall
Event Category: 
Graduate Students

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LEGS, or "Law-Engaged Graduate Students," meets during the academic year to discuss a work in progress by one of our Graduate Associates. Academic papers, dissertation proposals, and dissertation chapters have been presented at these meetings, to an audience of fellow graduate students.

Abstract: "This presentation examines the use of computer technology in three related episodes of fraud in postcolonial Kenya. I undertake a close reading of two separate cases, one civil, the other criminal, and then zoom out of the Nairobi courts to explore persistent accusations of fraud leveled against the national school examinations system." By reading these episodes together, I trace the evolution of fraud in two connected senses: as a formal criminal offense and as productive of a legal lexicon through which many Kenyans apprehended injustice.

Ray Thornton

Ray Thornton is a 5th year PhD candidate in History. His project is a micro-history of Nairobi's Starehe School in the forty years after its foundation (1959-1989). His broader interests include African legal history and the histories of education, sexuality, science and technology in late colonial and postcolonial Kenya.