Karin’s main interest is African everyday culture, with a central focus on verbal texts, both oral and written, in African languages. Most of her research has been concentrated on the Yoruba speaking area of southwestern Nigeria.
Maxim conducted his doctoral fieldwork along South Africa’s border with Zimbabwe, between 2006 and 2008, during acute economic and political troubles in Zimbabwe. Since his PhD research, he has worked as the anthropologist on the British Museum’s comparative, collaborative ‘Money in Africa’ project, alongside historians and an economic historian. As part of this project, he has conducted research with central banks in Nigeria and Uganda, and with small businesspeople in Malawi.
Stewart's research and teaching interests are in the fields of African literatures in English, Caribbean literature and in the 'cultural margins' of contemporary British literature – ‘black British’, ‘Anglo-Welsh’, ‘visual poetics’ (all the terms are disputed!).
He has recently been working on the literature of West Indian cricket, which will result in the publication of both a literary anthology and a collection of critical essays.
Dr Cline-Cole is a (human) geographer by training and multi-disciplinary researcher by choice; and he has, to date, had the good fortune of practising these ‘trades’ within the three related disciplines of Geography, Environmental Studies and, currently, Area Studies.
Dr Nolte's work is based on two decades of engagement with Nigeria, and she is particularly interested in Nigerian politics, Muslim-Christian relations and Yoruba history. Dr Nolte provides regular advice on Nigeria to governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Benedetta Rossi's current research focuses on emancipation from slavery in West Africa. Her recent work and publications consider issues related to slavery, migrations, government, ethnicity, and planned development in Niger and Northern Nigeria (Hausa and Tuareg societies).
Dr Shear is interested in many aspects of African (but particularly Southern African) history and politics. He is currently researching how the South African state coped with domestic political dissent during the 1940s.
Dr Skinner is currently working on a historical ethnography, combining the life histories of a cohort of rural political activists with a close study of the African (Ewe) language propaganda that circulated along the Ghana-Togo border area before and after Independence.