Professor Barber will discuss aspects of her life-long scholarship in an informal settings with graduate students and other interested parties. The event is of interest to all students of Nigeria, Yoruba Culture and Language, Oral Narratives, Popular Culture, and Gender Studies, in Africa and beyond.
This day-long event is part of a series sponsored by the African Studies Program designed to provide students as well as faculty from all disciplines with exposure to leading scholars in African Studies. The event not only allows for intensive engagement with authors of significant theoretical approaches to Africanist scholarship, but it is also an opportunity to gain insight into the professional process - the evolution of new empirical and theoretical interests, the methodologies of research and writing, and the process of collaboration between scholars.
9:30a.m. Introduction by Professor Tukufu Zuberi, Director of the African Studies Center
10:00-11:15 Panel I: "Interpretation of Oral Texts" Chair: Prof. Anne Bailey, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania
Discussants: Tonya Taylor, Departments of Anthropology and Graduate Program in Folklore & Folklife David Samper, Graduate Program in Folklore & Folklife
"I Could Speak Until Tomorrow: Oriki, Women and the Past in a Yoruba Town." Edinburgh University Press for the International African Institute. 1991.
"Interpreting oriki as history and as literature," in Discourse and its Disguises, ed. Barber and Moraes Farias, 1989 (13-23).
"Yoruba Oriki and deconstructive criticism," Research in African Literatures, 15, 4, 1984. (497-518).
"Preliminary notes on audiences in Africa" in Africa 67(3):347-362 (1997)
"Discursive strategies in the texts of Ifa and in the 'Holy Book of Odu' of the African Church of Orunmila." In Self-Assertion and Brokerage, 1990, ed. P.F. de Moraes Farias and Karin Barber. Birmingham: Birmingham University African Studies Series 2, Centre of West African Studies, pp. 196-240.
11:30-12:45: Panel II: "Popular Culture" Chair: Prof. Dan Ben-Amos, Department of Folklore & Folklife, University of Pennsylvania
Discussants: Cati Coe, Graduate Program in Folklore & Folklife Wendi Haugh, Department of Anthropology
"Popular Arts in Africa" in African Studies Review 30(3):1-78 (1987) plus several commentaries and her response "Preliminary notes on audiences in Africa" in Africa 67(3):347-362 (1997)
"Readings in African Popular Culture"(1997) "Introduction" (1-12) "Popular Reactions to the Petro-Naira" (91-98; orig. 1982)
"West African Popular Theater" (1997) "Introduction" (vii-xix) "The Eda Theatre and The Secret is Out" (183-209) "Text of The Secret is Out" (210-276)
12:45-2:15: Lunch Gold Standard 36th & Locust Walk
2:15-3:30: Panel III: "Women, Power, Religion in West Africa" Chair: Prof. Sandra Barnes, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
Discussants: Solimar Otero, Graduate Program in Folklore & Folklife Angela Moore, Department of Anthropology Rudolph T. Ware, Department of History
Barber, Karin.1981. "How man makes god in West Africa:Yoruba attitudes towards the orisa ." Africa 51, no. 3: 724-745.
Barber, Karin. 1990. "Ormkl, women and the proliferation and merging of orisa ." Africa 60 ( 3): 313-337.
Barber, Karin 1990a. "Discursive strategies in the texts of Ifa and in the 'Holy Book of Odu' of the African Church of Orunmila." In Self-Assertion and Brokerage, ed. P.F. de Moraes Farias and Karin Barber. Birmingham: Birmingham University African Studies Series 2, Centre of West African Studies, pp. 196-240.
Barber, Karin1994. "Polyvocality and the individual talent: three women oriki - singers in Okuku." In The Yoruba Artist, eds. Abiodun, Drewal, and Pemberton. Washington and London:Smithsonian Press.
Barber, Karin 1994a. "Going too far in Okuku: some ideas about gender, excess, and political power."In Gender and Identity in Africa, eds. Reh and Gudrun Ludwar-Ene. Munster/Hamburg.
3:45-5:00: Workshop: "Yoruba-West African Popular Theater" Room: Stiteler Hall B6
Recommended reading: 1994. "Yoruba Popular Theater: Three Plays by the Oyin Adejobi Company." Authored with Bayo Ogundijo. Play "Laniyonu" and Introduction.
During this workshop, we will use the above readings as common basis from which to discuss issues such as problems of textual analysis, translation, how to analyse live, ephemeral performances, and so on by looking at the text and viewing excerpts of videos of the performances.
All of the readings are available at the African Studies Center 647 Williams Hall.
Please contact Clarissa Surek-Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the African Studies Center with any questions.
FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2000
Veranda Room 3615 LOCUST WALK
African Studies Center Telephone: 215/898-6971, FAX: 215/573-8130
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