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RAI Research Seminar: Ulf Hannerz
Thursday 23 February 2023, 04:00pm - 06:00pm
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Thursday 23 February 2023 at 4.00 - 6.00pm (GMT)  

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Writing Nigeria, Past and Present 

Ulf Hannerz (Prof emeritus, Stockholm University)

Afropolitan Horizons is an experiment in literary anthropology, a subdiscipline which has grown quickly in recent years. It focuses on Nigerian fiction writing over the last seventy years or so, beginning in the late colonial period and continuing now with a world-wide readership. But it relates this to other writing: by the final generation of British colonial officers, by newsmedia foreign correspondents, and by anthropologists; and this is interwoven with Ulf Hannerz’ own field study of life in a Nigerian town. The emphasis is on Nigeria’s internal diversity, but also on its transnational connections, past and present, along the West African coast, to Mecca, and to Europe and the Americas, through varieties of migration and in the imagination.

Ulf Hannerz
is Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Austrian Academy of Sciences, an honorary fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and a former Chair of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA). His research has been especially in urban anthropology, media anthropology and transnational cultural processes, with field studies in West Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States.


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