Name: Pernille Nailor
PhD: African Studies / English Literature
Thesis Title: Narratives of Belonging in the Textual Space of Afropolitanism: Nigeria, Ghana and their UK/US Diasporas (working title)
This thesis explores ‘Afropolitanism’, an African form of cosmopolitanism which is often seen as a philosophical and political trope hinging on questions of 21st-century African identity and belonging. Frequently dismissed as elitist in academic and public discourses, the concept has caused heated debates on culture, fashion and consumerism over the past decade.
Moving beyond these debates, the intention with the thesis is to study Afropolitanism as it is represented in a diverse textual ‘space’ of literary and cultural production in selected Anglophone urban centres of Nigeria, Ghana and their US/UK diasporas. Recognising the different textual forms of Afropolitanism as well as its complex and media-driven nature, the research will discuss how ideas of belonging are negotiated within this space.
Supervisors and Institution(s):
Dr Rebecca Jones (Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham)
Professor Karin Barber (Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham)
Dr Dave Gunning (Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham)
Dr Lucy Evans (Department of English, University of Leicester)
Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:
Presenting a paper at the AfroEuropean Conference in Münster, Germany, as part of the panel ‘Afropolitanism and the Afropolitan’ (September 2015). The paper explored ideas of identity and belonging in autobiographical texts written by Caryl Phillips and Taiye Selasi.
Other Research Interests:
University email address: PXN627@student.bham.ac.uk