Presentation by Professor Ayesha Nibbe, Hawaii Pacific University.
Invisible Children’s KONY 2012 video swept over the internet in March, reaching close to 100 million views on YouTube in the first 10 days alone. KONY 2012 aimed to “Make Joseph Kony Famous”...but who is Joseph Kony? Why does he abduct African children? What, if anything, is he fighting for? Although the online response was widely positive, the video also provoked a vociferous response from critics concerned with the video’s message, its medium, and its implications for peace in Uganda and central Africa. Six months after the video release, does KONY 2012 matter?
Ayesha Nibbe focuses generally on questions about poverty and hunger and how "the West” engages in a relationship with the rest of the world via development and humanitarianism. Dr. Nibbe is currently producing a book manuscript on the socio-political effects of humanitarian aid in the context of the conflict in northern Uganda. To conduct research for this book, she lived in northern Uganda for over two years in both Gulu town and Opit internal displacement (IDP) camp – starting when the war was in full-swing and ending in Peace Talks. She currently serves as an assistant professor of Anthropology at Hawaii Pacific University.
e-BOOK (free): https://leanpub.com/beyondkony2012
Cost: Free and open to the public; pay-by-space and all-day parking ($11) available in lot 3.
Sponsor(s): African Studies Center
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