Modest Munene Mwaniki

Lecturer, South Eastern Kenya University, Department of Linguistics and Literature and Visiting Associate Hub for Multilingual Education and Literacies (HuMEL) Wits School of Education University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

National Recognition
Golden Key International Honour Society Honorary Member since August 2018 in recognition of support for academic excellence, leadership and service and epitomizing Golden Key’s values of integrity, collaboration, innovation, respect, diversity, engagement and overall excellence in my chosen field.

Grants Awarded:

  1. National Research Foundation (NRF) Knowledge, Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) 2017 Travel Grant of R25,000.00. Awarded to defray costs of attending AILA 18th World Congress in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil where I co-presented a paper entitled: “Multilingual education as a site for decolonial epistemologies & pedagogies: Insights from Kenya, South Africa & Philippines”. My co-presenter was Prof Leketi Makalela from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  2. South Africa National Research Foundation (NRF) Support for Rated Researchers Grant No.: 114366. Title of Project: “Advanced Language Politics in South Africa’s Higher Education Post #RhodesMustFall”. Duration of Funding: 3 Years (2018-2020): Approved Funding: R473,500.00.
  3. South Africa National Research Foundation (NRF) Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers Grant No.: 115157. Title of Project: “Development of Language Management Epistemology and Application of Insights from Language Management Epistemology to Education”. Duration of Funding: 2 Years (2018-2019): Approved Funding: R60,000.00.
  4. National Research Foundation (NRF) Knowledge, Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) 2018 Travel Grant under the “Africa Interaction” Category. Knowledge Interchange and Collaboration – Africa Interaction. Project Name: “Facilitation of Research and Innovations Week at Pan Africa Christian University in Kenya”. Project duration: 01 July – 31 December 2018. Project funding: R17,100.00.During the stay, I delivered/facilitated the following:
  • Keynote Address: “Exploring the potential of the Triple Helix Model in research in higher education in Kenya”
  • Research Workshop: “Qualitative data collection methods, interpretation/analysis and presentation”
  • Research Writing Seminar: “Writing for different research output platforms”
  • Research Roundtable: “Originating Grant-winning research proposals”
  • Public Address: “Social science research and the Big Questions in 21st century global South”

Recognition in Research
South African National Research Foundation (NRF) rated Research Scientist in Education. Current rating is C3. This rating runs for the period 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2023.

Peer-reviewed Book Chapters

  • 2017: With Arias, M. B., and Wiley, T. G. 2017. Bilingual education policy. In O. García, A. Lin and S. May (eds.). Bilingual and Multilingual Education, Encyclopedia of Language and Education. Gewerbestrasse, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. 35 – 49. ISBN: 978-3-319-02259-8
  • 2018: Chasing a phantom: Afrikaans in higher education in the globalisation era. In C. S. K. Chua (ed.). Un(intended) Language Planning in a Globalising World: Multiple Levels of Players at Work Warsaw, Poland: De Gruyter Open. 183 – 213. ISBN: 978-3-11-051823-8.

Books and Edited Books

  • 2012: Multilingualism and the public sector in South Africa. Bloemfontein: SUN MeDIA Bloemfontein. pp. 209. ISBN: 978-1-920383-24-4.
  • 2019: With Makalela, L. (edited volume). Language and institutional identity in post-Apartheid South African higher education: Perspectives on policy and practice. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. (Under contract)

Conference Papers

  • 1996: “Children’s Literature and Developmental Psychology: A Case Study of the Young Nation”. A paper presented to the National Conference on Children’s Literature, August 1996, Moi University, Eldoret – Kenya.
  • “Church and Political Change: A Critical Review of the Pastoral Letters of the Kenyan Catholic Bishops, 1990 – 1996”. A Paper presented at the Historical Association of Kenya Conference, December 1996, Kenyatta University – Nairobi – Kenya.
  • 2000: “In Search of a Medium for Development: The Latent Capital in Linguistic Pluralism in Developing Nations”. A paper presented at the Association of Third World Studies (ATWS) Conference, 15 – 17 November 2000, Sirikwa Hotel - Eldoret – Kenya.
  • 2002: “Towards a Model for the Development and Management of Language Policies in the SADC Region”. A paper presented at the Second Session of the UNESCO/MOST – ISSC International Summer School, 20 – 30 June 2002, Sofia – Bulgaria.
  • “Globalisation, Development, ICTs and the Language Question in sub-Saharan Africa” – A paper presented at the Second Session of the UNESCO/MOST – ISSC International Summer School, 20 – 30 June 2002, Sofia – Bulgaria.
  • “Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the Language Question in sub-Saharan Africa: The Dilemma, Crisis and Opportunities”. A paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on African Languages, 3 – 5 July 2002, Hammanskraal Campus – University of Pretoria.
  • “An Evaluation of the Language Policy Development Processes at the Third Tier of Government in the Free State Province – Republic of South Africa”. A paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on African Languages, 3 – 5 July 2002, Hammanskraal Campus – University of Pretoria.
  • 2003: “Dialogical Intervention Strategies in Language Management at the Local Government Sphere: The Role of Interpreting Services”. A paper presented at the 21st World Congress – World Federation of Modern Language Associations (FIPLV), 2 – 5 July 2003, University of Johannesburg – Johannesburg.
  • 2004: “Best Practices for Multilingual Policy Implementation: Lessons from the Local Government Sphere – Free State Province, Republic of South Africa”. A paper presented at the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) Language Research Conference at the CSIR International Convention Centre, 10 September 2004, Pretoria.
  • 2005: “Language Management: De-problematising a Problematised Discourse”. A paper presented at the Linguistics Society of Southern Africa Conference at Dikhololo Resort, 6 – 8 July, Dikhololo.
  • 2006: “The Dialectics of Language Inclusion and Exclusion: An Analysis of the Language Factor in the Kenyan Constitution Review Process”. A paper presented at the MIDP International Symposium held at the University of the Free State, 24 – 26 April 2006, Bloemfontein.
  • 2009: “University – Government – International Donor Community Cooperation in Research, Teaching and Community Engagement”. A paper presented at the Research Colloquium: Creating Sustainable Empowering Learning Environments through Scholarship of Engagement, 20 – 21 August 2009, Potchefstroom Campus – North West University, Potchefstroom.
  • “Mixed Approach to Multilingual Language Policy Implementation: Insights from the Local Government Sphere in South Africa. Paper presented at the 2nd International MIDP Symposium on Multilingualism from Below 14 – 16 September 2009, University of Antwerp, Antwerp – Belgium.
  • “Multilingual, Information and Development Programme (MIDP). A Decade and Counting: Language Empowerment and Development at Community Level in the Free State Province”. A paper presented at the South African – Netherlands Dialogue on the Dynamics of Language, Culture and Heritage, 22 – 23 September 2009, School of Government Building, University of the Western Cape – Cape Town.
  • 2010: “Mother Tongue Education in Kenya: The Stabilising Role of Quality Teacher Education and the Quota System”. A paper presented at the International Conference on Multilingualism and Education: Global Practices, Challenges and the Way Forward, 22 – 23 July 2010, Kenyatta University – Nairobi, Kenya.
  • “Approaches to Language Policy Implementation in Multilingual Settings: Lessons from the Local Government Sphere in South Africa”. A paper presented at the International Forum on Multilingualism and Decentralisation organised by the Regional Assembly of Kayes (KRG) in partnership with the Union of Municipalities in the Diema Region of Mali and the Nord-Pas de Calais (France) in Collaboration with COREN and with the support of UNESCO, 29 – 30 September 2010, Kayes – Mali.
  • “Language and Social Justice in South Africa’s Higher Education: Insights from a South African University”. Paper read on my behalf by Mr. E. Ndlovu at the Colloquium on Education for Social Justice, 29 – 30 September 2010, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein – RSA.
  • 2011: “Multilingualism in high-function public contexts in South Africa: A complexity perspective”. A paper presented at the 3rd conference of the Special Interest Group on Multilingualism (SIGoM) at the Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus of the University of Johannesburg, 20 – 21September 2011, University of Johannesburg – Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • “Language and development in local government contexts in South Africa”. A paper presented at the Second International Conference on Local Government, 26 – 28 October 2011, Blue Waters Hotel – Durban, South Africa.
  • 2012: “African National Congress’s (ANC’s) ideology and language discourses through time” – with Dr. Chitja Twala. A paper presented at the 12th Annual Conference of the South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM), Bloemfontein, 07 – 09March 2012, University of the Free State, South Africa.
  • “Language and service delivery in South Africa: Reflections and lessons for the public sector” – with Sindi X. Mathonsi. A paper presented at the 12th Annual Conference of the South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM), Bloemfontein, 07 – 09 March 2012, University of the Free State, South Africa.
  • 2013: “Language and social justice in South African Courts”. A paper presented at the 17th Biennial International Conference of the African Language Association of Southern Africa, Pretoria, 17 – 19 July 2013, University of South Africa, South Africa.
  • 2016: “Constitution of Kenya 2010: Implications for language policy, planning and management in Kenya”. A paper presented at the For and Against Models of Official Multiculturalism and Multilingualism International Conference, McGill University, Montréal – Canada, May 5 – 7, 2016.

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