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Portrait of an Assassin State. Truth Rumour and Law in Kenya: Grace Musila

Grace Musila’s widely acclaimed book A Death Retold in Truth and Rumour: Kenya, Britain and the Julie Ward Murder (2015) examines official and popular responses to the 1988 murder of British tourist Julie Ward, in Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game reserve. In it she shows how rumour and speculation about state complicity exposed the manipulation of legal and scientific ‘fact’. As such responses to the case demonstrate the complex linkages of the Kenyan polity to global modernity, shaped by the earlier colonial encounter. Dr Musila will introduce a chapter of the book and its central thesis, followed by a roundtable discussion.

The seminar is led by Grace Musila, with Ambreena Manji and Professor Stephen Morton (Southampton University).

Dr Grace A. Musila is part of the Department of English, Stellenbosch University and a Cardiff International Visiting Fellow (2017).

Part of a series on Law, Resistance and the Post-Colonial State hosted by Centre for Law and Global Justice, Centre for Cultural and Critical Theory and the School of Modern Languages.

This event is 1 - 3 pm 5 June in room 1.28 of Cardiff Law School. This event is free but please book your ticket via eventbrite.

A copy of the essay is available from