Karin Barber

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Most of Karin Barber’s research has been concentrated on the Yoruba-speaking area of southwestern Nigeria, but she has also done broader comparative work on popular culture across sub-Saharan Africa and on approaches to texts in Africa and beyond.

Professor Barber has supervised MPhil and PhD projects on a wide range of topics in African religion, world views, oral literature, media and popular culture. She is interested in supervising topics located in any part of Africa on: oral and written genres in African languages; popular culture including music, visual art, theatre, media and the culture of everyday life; and African religion. Her current research students are working on the associational life of ‘black Englishmen’ in early colonial Lagos; Bongo Flava in Tanzania; hiplife in Ghana; travel narratives in Yoruba; and online newspapers in northern Nigeria.