The event aims at opening up the blackbox of “middle class” in order to investigate the deeper reality behind such an economistic concept, that may include notions in terms of individual and collective aspirations, shared subjectivities, lifestyles, expressions and (visual) representations. The objective is to re-map city spaces by taking qualitative results into account.


In order to support you in providing new answers to these questions, national and international scholars are invited to give cutting-edge research lectures. Together with local policy-makers and artists, we discuss these issues and your findings in roundtables and rather informal meetings.


Divided in small groups, participants will carry out fieldwork during 2-3 days in Nairobi, dedicated to a central issue in relation to middle classes. Their findings will be geo-spatially located and, together with qualitative results, translated into a new mapping of city spaces.

the project in a nutshell


An interactive research seminar, held from September 28 to October 3, 2015 at the French Institute of Research in Africa (IFRA) in Kileleshwa, Nairobi. Send your appliction to: nairobi@kompreno.orgby 15 August 2015. Please download our brochure for further important details.


We employ a multidisciplinary approach to stimulate exchange between various stakeholders with the aim of developing a comprehensive understanding of the middle class in contemporary urban Kenya beyond economistic reductionism, stereotypes and popular representations.

We look for: Scholars and graduate students from Kenya and abroad, local politicians and policy makers, as well as artists (photographers, writers, etc.), journalists and the interested public are all encouraged to participate.