As a researcher on the ERC project ‘Knowing Each Other,’ I work with the rest of the team to research everyday religious interactions in south-west Nigeria. I particularly work on qualitative and quantitative analysis of fieldwork results, including a large-scale survey and interviews carried out in south-west Nigeria by our project team. I am interested in how knowledge of others is generated through encounters, whether in person or through texts.
Along with Dr Insa Nolte and Prof Olukoya Ogen, I have co-edited a book called Beyond Religious Tolerance which examines the people of the town of Ede, in southwestern Nigeria, negotiate religious difference in their everyday lives.
I am also presently writing a monograph on the history of Nigerian travel writing, in Yoruba and English. This book, based on my doctoral research, is the first history of Nigerian-authored travel writing. It explores the ways that Nigerians have represented Nigeria to themselves and others, from 1914-2014, and it approaches ‘travel writing’ across genres, from newspaper serials to blogs, novels to historical writing.
I am also interested in African-authored travel writing more broadly, and in 2016 I organised the ‘African Travel Writing Encounters’ conference here in the Department of African Studies and Anthropology. This conference brought together scholars from Africa and Europe, along with travel writers from Nigeria, Zambia and Sweden, to discuss the past, present and futures of African-authored travel writing.
My other research interests include print culture, Yoruba language, the anthropology of texts, cosmopolitanism, and the relationship between texts and knowledge. My publications explore the ways Nigerians have represented the heterogeneity of Nigeria to themselves and to the world, and particularly discuss the relationship between travel and local cosmopolitanisms, narrative, knowledge, texts, genre, translation, migration and the growth of a local Yoruba-English print culture across the twentieth century.