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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

1970

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

1970

The Generation of Plays: Yoruba Popular Life in Theatre 2000

1970

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

1970

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

1970

Other Africa, Asia and the Middle East Fellows

Professor Carole Hillenbrand

Islamic history 1050-1250, especially Iran and Syria; Muslim perspectives of the crusades, the scholar al-Ghazali and the caliphate.

Professor Graham Furniss

Oral and written literatures of Africa; orality, performance and genre in the popular cultures of West Africa with particular reference to Hausa-speaking regions of Nigeria and Niger

Professor John Mack

The anthropology and history of art and material culture, especially in equatorial Africa and the western Indian Ocean; comparative work on themes such as memory, miniaturisation, and the experience of the environment

Professor Emilie Savage-Smith

The history of medicine and science in medieval Islam; medieval Arabic artefacts and treatises relating to ophthalmology, anatomy, cartography (celestial and terrestrial), and divinatory techniques