Languages and Literature, University of Birmingham
This thesis explores representations of belonging within the framework of Afropolitanism. A new term that is often referred to as an African form of cosmopolitanism, Afropolitanism has caused heated debates on culture, fashion and consumerism over the past decade, with discussants in academic and public discourses dismissing the concept as an elitist and Western construct.
Moving beyond these debates, the intention with the thesis is to recognise the different textual forms of Afropolitanism, its complex and media-driven nature as well as its ongoing negotiation of what it means to belong to Africa and elsewhere. Drawing on a diverse selection of Anglophone literature and popular culture associated with the term, I discuss narratives and ideas of belonging in contemporary texts which circulate in urban centres in Nigeria, Ghana and their UK/US diasporas.
Chairing a panel and presenting the following papers:
'Online Texts and Autobiographical Moments of Belonging: A Reading of Taiye Selasi's Writing'
'Questions of (Im)morality: A Reading of Women's Gender Roles and Sexualities in Contemporary Nigerian Novels'
'Writing Beyond Marriage: (Il)legitimate Sexualities in the Contemporary Nigerian Novel'
'Perceptions of Belonging in the 21st century: Exploring African/Black Identity Practices in Autobiographical Moments'
Visiting lecturer in the Department of African Studies at the University of Birmingham (introductory lectures on African literatures and Afropolitanism)
Previous teaching experience:
English Teacher at KVUC, a college situated in the centre of Copenhagen, Denmark