Audiences and publics in Africa

Tuesday, 8 April, 2014 - 13:00

WISER is very pleased to host a workshop by Karin Barber on the constitution of publics and audiences on the African continent.  

Time:  1pm to 4pm,  April 8, 2014 Venue:  WISER Seminar Room

Participation in this event is open to all staff and post-graduate students, but we ask that you indicate your participation to Najibha.Deshmukh@wits.ac.za before Thursday, April 3, so that you can be provided with the required readings in advance of the event.

[Karin Barber]Professor Barber is a very eminent figure in the fields of Anthropology, African Studies, African Literature, Media Studies and Theatre Studies (and, secretly, a social historian).   She is the author of nine books, including I Could Speak Until Tomorrow: Oriki, women and the past in a Yoruba town, The Generation of Plays: Yorùbá Popular Life in Theater, The Anthropology of Texts, Persons and Publics: Oral and Written Culture in Africa and Beyond and, most recently, Yorù Print Culture and the First Yoruba Novel.  Amongst a host of distinctive academic achievements, Professor Barber has pioneered the application of textual analysis in the study of oral performances in Africa and beyond, and her work on the political cultures of audiences has had transformative effects in many fields.