Drop into the British Academy on June 22-23 for our first Summer Showcase
Wander through our beautiful building to view 15 exhibits consisting of text panels, interactive elements and audio-visual displays created by the academics we fund. Meet our researchers, find out more about their projects and take part in hands-on activities.
David Pratten explores the lives of young masquerade performers in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria
Militant Masks: Youth, Performance and Insecurity in Nigeria
David Pratten gives an insight into the lives of the Agaba masquerade based in the Niger Delta region. His exhibit tells a story about members' masquerade traditions, and why they continue to flourish today. While these masquerade performances – which feature music, carved masks and bold dance styles – are striking, the songs are witty laments that reflect on the insecurity of life for these young men, and offer a critique of politics and the economic system in Nigeria.
David Pratten is Associate Professor in the Social Anthropology of Africa at the University of Oxford
Research Award: British Academy / Leverhulme Small Research Grant 2014
Showcase opening times: Friday 22-Saturday 23 June,11am - 5pm
Late-night view: Friday 22nd June, 6.30-9pm
You'll find this exhibit at Point 4 in the Reading Room on the Ground Floor. Download our programme to plan your visit.