Fellowships and Residencies

Fellow – Yale University, Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage February 2024 – June 2025 Yale Directors Forum is a fellowship program tailored for leaders of museums, cultural centers, libraries, archives, and heritage sites, all of which play an

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Documentaries

Echoes of Colonialism, 2023 In 2023, Kenya celebrated 60 years of independence from Britain. On this milestone anniversary, this documentary unveiling an exclusive investigation into the ongoing crimes perpetrated by Britain’s military in Kenya—the largest such presence in Africa. Echoes

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PROJECTS

Over the past ten years I have initiated a variety of projects pushing the boundaries of heritage and technology. These projects explore issues that are dear to me at both a personal and professional level.

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Research and Publications

Co-producer and Co-host: Access For Who? podcast on digital restitution and its complexities – Open Restitution Africa Expert Contributor: ICCROM – The Digital Imperative: Envisioning The Path To Sustaining Our Collective Digital Heritage Lead documentary researcher: Post -Colonial – We

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Speaking engagements

2023 Panel: Local Knowledge and Artificial Intelligence – IFAN, University of Cheikh Anta Diop Nov 2023 Lecture: Digital Collections, metadata and the continuous violence against African knowledge systems – British Institute of East Africa – October 2023 Paper: Plurality and Purpose:

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ABOUT

Chao Tayiana Maina is a Kenyan historian and digital heritage specialist working at the intersection of digital humanities and public education. She uses digital technologies to deepen engagement with African histories, unearth previously hidden or suppressed historical narratives and make

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Becoming headstrong historian

The name Headstrong Historian  is taken from  a short story I read  when I was 18 . This story largely inspired me to set out in search of my own history and identity when I had a strong conviction to do so

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