Ato Quayson | ‘Still it Makes Me Laugh, No Time to Die’: Methodological Reflections on Oxford Street

Date: March 30, 2016
Time: 4:00pm Location: Forum For Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)

Cross-posted at the Forum for Scholars and Publics

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.  If you’d like a copy of the paper, please contact Charlie Piot.

The African Cities Working Group is supported by the Humanities Futures initiative. 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 BartlettCharlie Piot, and Karin Shapiro.