Gender and kinship

DASA research engages with gender as a mode of historical and anthropological analysis. 

Recognising that understandings of men and women, and the relations between them, vary in societies around the world, DASA researchers’ emphasis on sustained ‘on the ground’ research has generated new insights into longstanding debates about equality, difference, violence and justice. Meanwhile, DASA research on kinship explores (new) configurations and practices of relatedness through topics as marriage and intergenerational reciprocity.


Academic staff:

  • Morenikeji Asaaju: gender, marriage, family, slavery, emancipation, and the slave trade
  • Lynne Brydon: gender, changing family structures, migration, development issues, historicised ethnography
  • Leslie Fesenmyer: transnational migration, kinship, belonging, and religion (especially Pentecostalism)
  • Juliet Gilbert: youth studies, religion, insecure livelihoods, and aspects of popular culture (fashion, beauty pageants, mobile phones).
  • Jessica Johnson: social anthropology specialising in Southern Africa, anthropology of gender and law in Malawi.
  • Insa Nolte: Yoruba history, culture and politics, gender relations.
  • Kate Skinner: social and political histories of modern and contemporary Ghana and Togo, political activism, gender activism, legal reform, print cultures, mass literacy and education in other African countries.

Doctoral research:

  • Francine Kola-Bankole: Activism and Gender within the Arts of Contemporary Nigeria.
  • Sini Hassinen: Queer Joy, Resistance and Community in Nairobi
  • Amy Redgrave: Colonial Anxieties, Local Debates and Struggles over 'Prostitution' in Southern Nigeria, 1890-1960.

Selected recent publications



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