IVSA Annual Conference 2023: Nairobi, Kenya
After three years of convening solely online, the 2023 IVSA meeting will be hosted by Multimedia University of Kenya (MMU) in Nairobi from 27-29 June. The institution began in 1948 as a telecommunication hub for the East Africa Common Services and was chartered as a public university in 2013. Situated on a serene 76 hectares in the historic Karen area of Nairobi, the main campus is adjacent to Nairobi National Park and home to a colony of baboons, mischievous monkeys, and many grazing warthogs who would love to see you there next June!
MMU currently has six faculties and twelve departments, along with a well-equipped conference centre, lecture halls, and multimedia production and editing studios. These will be relatively unused during the days of the IVSA meeting owing to semester break. There are also a radio station, health club, and Post Office located within the University. The location is near Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the primary entry point for international visitors, with direct flights from the U.S. and Europe.Nairobi housing options are diverse and most participants will be well-served by the numerous Airbnbs and hotels with rooms from $50 to $100 per night. Transportation by Uber and Bolt is effective and inexpensive, making central Nairobi a reasonable option as well. Arrangements can be made for those who would wish to tour the Country’s famous game reserves/national parks at a reasonable budget. The theme of the conference is quite broad: “Seeing Beyond Dualisms,” will be appropriate for a conference in Africa, and allow a wide variety of approaches, including participation by locals who are not typically able to attend a US. Please join us!