Pernille Nailor

Pernille Nailor

Department of African Studies and Anthropology
Doctoral researcher

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PhD title: Narratives of Belonging in the Textual Space of Afropolitanism: Nigeria, Ghana and their UK/US Diasporas
Supervisor: Dr Rebecca Jones and Professor Karin Barber (African Studies and Anthropology); Dr Dave Gunning and Dr Lucy Evans (English Literature)
PhD African Studies


This study explores ‘Afropolitanism’, an African form of cosmopolitanism which is often seen as a trope hinging on questions of 21st-century African identity and belonging. Focusing on literature and popular culture in urban centres of Nigeria, Ghana and their UK/US diasporas, the project investigates representations of belonging in different forms of texts that are labelled ‘Afropolitan’ or which can be read in connection with recent discussions of the concept.

I am funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Midlands3Cities (M3C).