Lagos African Cluster Centre – Africa multiple: reconfiguring african studies

University of Lagos African Cluster Centre

This is a centre within the Institute Of African and Diaspora Studies, University of Lagos. We are highly focused on supporting premium research and promoting solutions.

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Dr. Christabel Aba Sam of the Department of English, University of Cape Coast, Ghana resumed at the Affiliation Research Section on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 as a Post Doctoral Fellow. Dr. Moses Yakubu is her host scholar.
Charles Akwen, a Doctoral student from the Department of English, University of Lagos emerged as one of the PhD students to receive the Lagos ACC scholarship for the year 2022. Thesis: "Representations on the Move: Constructing Multiple Identities in Nigerian and Chinese Poetry from Taiwan".
Ebele Chibuzor of the Department of Sociology, University of Lagos also received Lagos ACC 2022 Doctoral scholarship award. Thesis: "Gendered Disaster: A Comparison of the Experiences of Men and Women in 2012 Flood-Affected Communities in Anambra State".

Dr. Alimi's project report during his 6months postdoctoral fellowship.

Dr. Alimi at the National Archives in the University of Ibadan

Dr Alimi’s research at the LACC focuses on urban social space and how cemetery practices, testimonies at cemeteries as well as internal order of burial spaces can help understand social relations in Lagos. His project seeks to interrogate questions of how and why in death, cemeteries correspond to, and represent extension or continuation of real-life experience of social relations and boundaries. His work also seeks to examine how the process of enshrining the identity of the deceased as individuals in the cemeteries echo social hierarchies, power relations, economic status and boundaries of other spaces.He has also been looking at how cemetery practices as manifested in the materials, forms and size of tombs mirror cultural continuum and social changes within the urbanscapes.

Since his arrival in February, Dr Alimi has visited different public and private cemeteries in Lagos to collect data. He has visited the National Archives Ibadan to collect relevant archival documents that speak on the politics of cemetery in Lagos. His field experience has inspired additional on-going studies on “The history of Thing” and “Animals as Historical Actors.”

Renewal of Project Agreement signed on August 23, 2022.

Project agreement between the University of Lagos and the University of Bayreuth Germany was signed on 24th October, 2019 for 2 years with a clause on possible renewal if certain benchmarks are met. The agreement empowers Unilag African Cluster Centre (Lagos ACC) partner with the University of Bayreuth in the project of Reconfiguring African Studies. The other three centres in Africa in the partnership are Rhodes University, South Africa, Moi University, Kenya and Joseph Ki-Zerbo University, Burkina Faso. Having met the benchmarks, the project renewal was signed at the Arthur Mbanefo Digital Centre, University of Lagos, Nigeria on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 for additional 5 years, this implies that the project will run for 7 years.

JULY 13, 2022 Principal Investigators' meeting

Wednesday, July 13, 2022, Dr. Shina Alimi, a Postdoctoral Fellow from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) delivered a lecture entitled: “A Tale of Two Cities”: Cemetery Heterotopia and Spatial Relations in Lagos.
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