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Methodological Reflections on Oxford Street


Mar 30 2016


4:00 pm - 5:15 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Methodological Reflections on Oxford Street

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Methodological Reflections on Oxford Street

Join us for a discussion featuring Professor Ato Quayson, whose book, Oxford Street, Accra (2014, Duke University Press) is the subject of a special PMLA forum on Concepts and Methodologies to be published in March 2016. The forthcoming forum provides the opportunity for reflecting on the conceptual and methodological implications that went into writing the book. Among them is the fraught relationship between auto/biography and research, the links between space and temporality, and the character of the specific ethnographic detailing of the lived city.

The format of this seminar is that the speaker will pre-circulate a paper, then spend 10-15 minutes at the beginning highlighting its main points (and adding some larger context, discussing trends in the recent literature), before the respondent will take a few minutes to raise discussion points.  Then we’ll open it to the room for discussion.

Free and open to the public. This event is part of the series “The Future of the African City”, co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Duke Africa Initiative and organized by Professors John Bartlett, Charlie Piot, and Karin Shapiro. The African City Working Group is supported by the FHI Mellon Humanities Futures initiative.


Ato Quayson

University of Toronto

Ato Quayson is Professor of English and Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto, where he has been since August 2005. He did his BA at the University of Ghana and took his PhD from Cambridge University in 1995. He then went on…...

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