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'Still it Makes Me Laugh, No Time to Die': Methodological Reflections on Oxford Street

March 30th, 2016
4:00 PM


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

4:00 - 5:15 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)

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.

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. 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 to the University of Oxford as a Research Fellow, returning to Cambridge in September 1995 to become a Fellow at Pembroke College and a member of the Faculty of English where he became a Reader in Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies. Professor Quayson has published widely on African literature, postcolonial studies and in literary theory. 

His publications include: Oxford St., Accra: Urban Evolution, Street Life and Itinerarieof the Transnational (Duke University Press, 2014); Blackwell Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism Studies, ed. with Girish Daswani (New York: Blackwell, 2013); Labour Migration, Human Trafficking and Multinational Corporations (with Antonela Arhin; New York: Routledge, 2012); and Aesthetic Nervousness: Disability and the Crisis of Representation (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007).