Lynete Lusike Mukhongo

Dr Lynete Lusike MukhongoLynete Lusike Mukhongo is Senior Lecturer at Moi University, Kenya. Lynete is based at WIAS from 17 May 2017 to 17 August 2017. Her project undertaken during her fellowship focuses on analysing online emancipatory discourses, while drawing references from neo-marxism ideals. The project seeks to detail the postcolonial notion of liberation and emancipation, drawing examples from the African Union (AU) and its adamant criticism of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as targeting Africans and the global south.

What is your research project about?
The project seeks to undertake an analysis of online discourses by Twitter users in Kenya for and against the calls for emancipation by African political leaders, with regard to the role of the ICC in prosecuting crimes against humanity in Africa. The focus will be on analysing online emancipatory discourses, while drawing references from neo-marxism ideals.

The project will detail the postcolonial notion of liberation and emancipation drawing examples from the AU and its adamant criticism of the ICC as targeting Africans. Therefore the question of online discourses on the emancipation of Africans will be analysed in the context of online users’ discussions with regard to initiatives by the AU in engaging the UN Security Council on the deferral of the Kenyan and Sudanese cases at the ICC, its assertion that failure to defer the cases would lead to African countries withdrawing from the Rome Statute and attempts by the AU to establish an extended African Court and, hopefully, a new political order in the global south.

Focus will then be on identifying divergent and oppositional views on themes related to justice, accountability, imperialism, emancipation and threats of withdrawal from the ICC by African states in a bid to detail the postcolonial notion of liberation and emancipation within the often complicated power dynamics of an emerging political order in Africa, where political leaders strive to reposition Africa’s post-colonial identity within an emerging governance framework of an increasingly politically conscious and technological savvy citizenry.

What are you looking forward to during your stay at WIAS?
I am looking forward to working under the mentorship of Professor Christian Fuchs and thereby gaining an in-depth appreciation and understanding of critical social media studies. I would like to co-teach or present guest lectures on the following areas:
a) new media and politics and
b) street art and urban youth discourses.

Further, I will publish an article in a peer reviewed open-access publication and present a public lecture to the University of Westminster academic fraternity on New Media and Political Change in Africa. Lastly, I’m excited about contributing a research paper to the series 'Westminster Advanced Studies' and establishing more opportunities for engaging in future collaborative research with academic staff at WIAS.

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