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Professor Karin Barber FBA

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About this Fellow

I am an anthropologist with a particular interest in popular culture, religion, and the verbal arts, both oral and written. Most of my research has been in the Yoruba-speaking area of Nigeria, and I am currently working on early Yoruba print culture.

Website: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/dasa/barber-karin.aspx

Appointments

Current post

  • Professor Emerita of African Cultural Anthropology, University of Birmingham

Past Appointments

  • Lecturer, University of Ife, Nigeria, Unknown Unknown, 1977 - 1984
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader, University of Birmingham, 1985 - 1999
  • Professor of African Cultural Anthropology, University of Birmingham, 1999
  • Professor of African Cultural Anthropology, University of Birmingham, University of Birmingham, 1999 - 2017
  • Professor of African Cultural Anthropology, University of Birmingham, University of Birmingham, 1999 - 2017
  • Professor Emerita of African Cultural Anthropology, University of Birmingham, 2017

British Academy Appointments

  • Vice-President, 2008 - 2010
  • Member of Council, 2007 - 2008

Publications

Print Culture and the First Yoruba Novel: I.B.Thomas's 'Life Story of Me, Segilola' and other texts 2012

I could speak until tomorrow: Oriki, Woman and the Past in a Yoruba Town 1991

The Generation of Plays: Yoruba Popular Life in Theatre 2000

Africa's Hidden Histories: Everyday Literacy and Making the Self 2006

The anthropology of texts, persons and publics: oral and written culture in Africa and beyond 2007

Other Africa, Asia and the Middle East Fellows

Professor Yutaka Yoshida

The philological and historical studies of Sogdian and other Middle Iranian texts unearthed from the area along the ancient Silk Roads

Professor Simon Swain

Culture and history of the Greek world under Rome; History of Medicine in antiquity and the middle ages; the legacy of Greek thought in medieval Islam

Professor Richard Widdess

Musicology of South Asia, including history, theory, analysis and social context of music in North India and Nepal; music and religion in South Asia; analysis of world music; music cognition, performance and meaning in oral traditions

Professor Andrew Gerstle

The cultural and social history of 17th-19th century Japan, with particular reference to Bunraku and Kabuki theatres, popular literature, sexuality and the visual arts