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From: Quinn Dupont <quinn....@ucd.ie>
Date: Sun, Mar 28, 2021 at 7:35 PM
Subject: CITO Lecture MONDAY, March 29 at 3pm IST: “Kenya’s digital financial boom and the colonial histories of financial infrastructures”
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Please join us on MONDAY,* March 29 at 3pm Irish Standard Time (10am EST) for Nicholas Bernards (University of Warwick) who will be discussing “Kenya’s digital financial boom and the colonial histories of financial infrastructures
*Please note: IST and BST start March 28 and this CITO lecture is being exceptionally held on Monday instead of Tuesday

Abstract
Kenya’s digital finance boom is a paradigmatic case of the role of financial technologies (fintech) in development and poverty reduction, both for advocates and critics of fintech. Recent discussions, however, have tended not to closely examine the fundamental unevenness of this boom, in two senses. Drawing on engagements with Marxian conceptions of uneven development and recent debates on financial infrastructures, I link both of these patterns to the durable legacies of the distinctive political economy of colonialism in Kenya. Given the growing importance of Kenya’s digital finance boom in broader policy and academic debates about fintech, this case suggests a need for greater attention to the uneven nature of fintech applications.

No registration required. Zoom link: https://bit.ly/38jLEVN

For more information, please contact Quinn DuPont (quinn....@ucd.ie)

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