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End of the Kenyatta mobility in Szczecin

The team of researchers from Kenyatta University finalized their mobility in Szczecin (Poland) on November 22, 2020. They became acquainted with the methods of education in departments of New Media, Painting, Design and Instrumental departments at Academy of Art in Szczecin. The group is satisfied with the results of the activities. Within the duration of the mobility, they participated in various seminars, workshops, and exhibitions, both online and stationary, in small groups (keeping social distancing.) As a result of the joint work of the team from Kenyatta University and the Academy of Art in Szczecin, Prof. Aleksandra Łukaszewicz Alcaraz and Dr. Priscilla Gitonga initiated research on the transcultural character of clan identity between Slavic and African societies. It was presented at the International Conference on “Images of Identity. Our Everyday Identity”, December 12-13, 2020, at Polish University Abroad in London, and the Institute of Painting and Artistic Education in Cracow. Now, it is prepared for publication. Another result of international cooperation is the production of a music piece that will be used as a festival song for the DUOS Festival in March 2021. The creators are Prof. John Mugubi and Maciej Sikorski. At the same time were initiated preliminary doctorate procedures for Anne Mwiti, in Fine Arts, under the supervision of Prof. Łukasz Skąpski. Five of her paintings were donated to the National Museum in Szczecin, starting a collection of contemporary East African art. The project continues film seminars and screenings as part of the International Film Discussion Club in cooperation with the Department of General Pedagogy, Didactic and Cultural Studies, and Department of Art History and Theory at the University of Szczecin. Prof. John Mugubi in contribution is working on his book on the History of the Kenyan Film.

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