Sources and texts

DASA researchers continue to identify and analyse a wide range of oral and written texts, in African and European languages. Recent DASA researchers have studied newspapers, chronicles, political chants and songs, and popular religious pamphlets. 

Motivated by the field-changing research of Paulo Fernando de Moraes Farias and Karin Barber, These texts can reveal aspects the societies in which they are produced, circulated and consumed. But texts also intervene in social relations, by generating new and competing representations of individuals, political institutions and socio-cultural practices.


Academic staff:

  • Benedetta Rossi: history and anthropology of twentieth-century West Africa, Hausa and Tuareg societies.
  • Kate Skinner: social and political histories of modern and contemporary Ghana and Togo, political activism, gender activism, print cultures, mass literacy and education in other African countries.

Doctoral researchers:

  • Pernille Nailor: Narratives of Belonging in the Textual Space of Afropolitanism: Nigeria, Ghana and their UK/US Diasporas
  • Kiranpreet Kaur: Construction of African Identity: Politics of Memory and Cruelty in British and African Travel Narratives about Central Africa (1800-2015)

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