Dr. Laury Lawrence Ocen is the Co-Investigator for the research project: “Challenging Categories: Educated Unemployed Youth as Institutional Innovators in Rural Uganda.”
He holds a PhD from Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University; a MPhil, from Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University; an MA from Makerere University; and a BA from the Islamic University in Uganda. He is currently a Lecturer at the Faculty of Education at Lira University.
He is significantly published and among his recent scholarly work, for example, are these two that are based in Northern Uganda, one of the geographies in which the field work for the Challenging Categories research is being conducted:
- 2019. “Author, Object, and Text: Literary Reading of War Monuments in northern Uganda”, In Translation Revisited, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
- 2017: “Oral performers and memory of mass violence”, in: Memory and Genocide. On what Remains and Possibility of Representation. Eds.; Fazil Moradi, Raph Buchenhurst, and Maria Six-Hohenbalken, London and New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.
Dr. Ocen is of Lango ancestry and he is, in fact, one of the Clan Leaders of Lango. For the past twenty years, he has been working with local communities on issues of social and economic regeneration after the wasteful wars in northern Uganda.
By the Challenging Categories Support Team