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Pernille Nailor

Languages and Literature, University of Birmingham

Thesis title:

Belonging in Afropolitan Texts from Ghana, Nigeria and their Diasporas

Research Area

  • Languages and Literature

Conferences

September, 2018

  • ASAUK, University of Birmingham, UK
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'

May-June, 2017

  • Cadbury Conference, University of Birmingham, UK

'Writing Beyond Marriage: (Il)legitimate Sexualities in the Contemporary Nigerian Novel'

September, 2015

  • AfroEuropeans, University of Munster, Germany

'Perceptions of Belonging in the 21st century: Exploring African/Black Identity Practices in Autobiographical Moments'

Public Engagement & Impact

Research visits:

2018

  • Lagos, Nigeria (September-November, 8 weeks). Meeting with and interviewing the producers of a cultural event, visiting University of Lagos as a visiting fellow and presenting a paper on my PhD to members of staff in the Faculty of Arts, and moderating a panel on Afropolitanism at Ak√© Art and Book Festival.

2019

  • Accra, Ghana (January-March, 6 weeks). Meeting with and interviewing the creator and cast of an Accra-based web series and leading a workshop on how to begin a research project, aimed at graduate students in the Department of English at the University of Ghana, Legon.
  • Washington, D.C., USA (May, 1 week). Visiting and interviewing a Ghanaian-American cultural producer.

Training:

2018

  • Filmmaking for Fieldwork (training course at Futureworks School of Media in Manchester, UK)

Other activities:

2017

  • Organising an interdisciplinary postcolonial conference aimed at postgraduate students and early career scholars at the University of Birmingham.
  • Working as a Research Assistant in the Department of African Studies and Anthropology: organising conferences and workshops, arranging travel and accommodation for participants, formatting book manuscript before sending it to publishers.

2018

  • Administrative role for the African Studies Association of the United Kingdom (ASAUK), providing support for the Fage and Oliver Monograph Prize committee.


Teaching

2017-18

Visiting lecturer in the Department of African Studies at the University of Birmingham (introductory lectures on African literatures and Afropolitanism)


Previous teaching experience:

2014-2016

English Teacher at KVUC, a college situated in the centre of Copenhagen, Denmark