About CVE

Exhibition Concept Note

P/CVE (Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism) programmes run by various stakeholders in the country has produced sizeable number of visual, audio visual, written and tangible and intangible materials.

The range of materiality of counter-terrorism include those produced as part of counter-narrativity initiatives and counter-radicalisation as advertisements, posters and manuals, documentaries and films produced for broadcast audience to explain, critique, visualise and even provide alternative perspectives on events related to so called ‘war on terror’; commissioned or non-commissioned artistic productions that demonstrates aspects of P/CVE or its variants; and most importantly analytical research reports, policy briefs, legislative bills, strategic plans and other written literature done by select NGOs, government agencies and research think-tanks.

What fuses all these ‘things’ together is that they are a product of human creative responses to violent extremism from various perspectives and brings out aesthetical dimension of how stakeholders define, struggle, appropriate and repackage critical and often ambiguous concepts and processes at the core of P/CVE programmes.

Despite its apparent visibility of materiality of counter-terrorism over the last half decades in the country, there has been little focus on it. There is urgent research needs to examine and analyse, survey and most importantly exhibit and ignite public discourses around the question of materiality of counter-terrorism.


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Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lecocq - Project Mentor and Advisor

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lecocq is a chair of African Studies at Institute of Asian and African Studies (IAAW) at Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin, Germany. He is the Project mentor and exhibition advisor.

Dr. Halkano Abdi Wario, Ph.D. - Coordinator

Dr. Halkano Abdi Wario, Ph.D. is a lecturer at Egerton University, Kenya. He is a senior Volkswagen Foundation Humanities Research Fellow. He also the Associate Director, Centre for Study of Terrorism, Violent Extremism and Radicalization at the..read more

Dr. Britta Frede, Ph.D. - Content Analyst & Coordinator

Dr. Britta Frede, Ph.D. is a researcher at Universitaet Bayreuth, Germany. She is a scholar of Islamic Studies and German Postdoctoral Fellow in the Volkswagen Foundation hosting the exhibition. . Since 2011 she worked on female Muslim ..read more

Lucy Ann Njambi - Communication Assistant

Lucy Ann Njambi is an upcoming sociologist. She is skilled in communication skills and organizational logistics. She has research interests in lifestyle health, gender based violence prevention and countering violent extremism fields.

Sheikh Ramadhan Aula - Exhibition Project Content Analyst

Sheikh Ramadhan A. Juma is the Director, Centre for Sustainable Conflict Resolution. He is an expert in Islamic law, Administrator, and a community mobilizer. He holds a Masters Degree in Religious Studies from University of Nairobi and a Bachelors Degree in Sharia from Islamic University of Madina, Saudi Arabia. He also has a Diploma in Administration from UK and holds certificates in Project Management, Communication, and Leadership.

Absalom Aswani - Exhibition Project Curator

Absalom Aswani is a Kenyan Artist. He went to Kenyatta University, Nairobi and studied Bachelor of Education in Fine Art, and majored in Painting, Sculpture and Graphic design. Before focusing on his artistry, he has worked as a graphics designer for two media houses and an illustrator for an Italian based graphics firm and a Kenyan book publishing house. For (10) ten years he worked as a freelance graphics designer where he worked with different government and non-governmental organizations, including UNICEF as a consultant graphics artist and Designer.