Kenyan men being searched during operations against the Mau Mau
© IWM MAU 865

Niels Boender began a AHRC Collaborative Doctoral War project entitled 'Legacies of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency: Activism and Politics in Central Kenya, 1956-1969' in October 2020. A partnership between IWM and the University of Warwick, the project investigates the interactions between colonial counterinsurgency and post-colonial politics in the wake of the Mau Mau Uprising in Kenya. The study hopes to investigate, using previously hidden archives and oral histories with Kenyan survivors, the dynamics of reconciliation and vengeance in the wake of the anti-colonial uprising.