About Cécile Feza Bushidi

Cambridge, England

Cécile Feza Bushidi (CBA ’19) is an artist and an early career scholar in the arts and humanities. She is currently a junior research fellow at Newnham College, the University of Cambridge, has held the Isobel Thornley Bequest at the Institute of Historical Research in London and received a PhD in history from SOAS University of London. She has taught classes on society and culture in the African past at SOAS University of London and the University of Cambridge. Her research has been supported by Newnham College, the Smuts Memorial Fund, the Wolfson Foundation, and l’Institut Français de Recherche en Afrique (IFRA). In a previous life, she has performed with Lakoma|Pal Frenak, Random Dance|Wayne McGregor, Freddie Opoku-Addiae, and Douglas Thorpe.

Dance and Settler Colonialism: A Conversation

Bushidi is writing a monograph entitled Dance, Culture and Politics in Central Kenya, 1880s-1963. Located at the intersection of African history, dance history and performance theory, the book places dance in conversation with settler colonialism, drawing attention to the reimaginations of African political cultures, the missionaries’ efforts to reform African lifestyles and bodies, and the contested appropriations of land. The book offers a fairer epistemic space for dance and dance makers during the colonial period.


Headshot of Cecile Feza Bushidi. Photo by Neil Wissin.
Headshot of Cecile Feza Bushidi. Photo by Neil Wissin.