ASWAD book event Yoruba: A New History by Akin Ogundiran, commented by Kristin Mann
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Tuesday, August 03, 2021 02:25 PM

AUGUST 26, THURSDAY, 5:00 PM: SAVE THE DATE, register, and get the book Yoruba: A New History (Indiana University Press, 2020) by Professor Akin Ogundiran (UNC Charlotte) and come attend Professor Ogundiran's presentation in conversation with Professor Kristin Mann (Emory University). TO PURCHASE A COPY of the book, go here The event will be held on Zoom (book your place, the number of attendants is limited to 100), register HERE: OR attend the event live here on our Facebook page.

The Yoruba: A New History is the first transdisciplinary study of the two-thousand-year journey of the Yoruba people, from their origins in a small corner of the Niger-Benue Confluence in present-day Nigeria to becoming one of the most populous cultural groups on the African continent. Weaving together archaeology with linguistics, environmental science with oral traditions, and material culture with mythology, Ogundiran examines the local, regional, and even global dimensions of Yoruba history.

Akin Ogundiran is Chancellor’s Professor and Professor of Africana Studies, Anthropology & History at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) and Editor-in-Chief of the African Archaeological Review. Ogundiran’s scholarship has focused primarily on the Yoruba world, Atlantic Africa, and the African Diaspora. His research has been supported by several organizations, including the National Geographic Society, the American Institute of Archaeology, and the American Philosophical Society. He is also a past fellow of the National Humanities Center. Ogundiran's latest book is The Yoruba: A New History (Indiana University Press, 2020).

Kristin Mann is a Professor Emeritus at the Department of History of Emory University. Her work focuses on eighteenth through twentieth-century African history; gender, marriage, and the family; slavery, emancipation, and the slave trade; colonial political and legal changes; and West African commercial and agricultural transformations. She is the author of several books, including Slavery and the Birth of an African City: Lagos, 1760-1900 (2007), which was a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Center’s Frederick Douglass Prize. She is currently working on a project entitled Trans-Atlantic Lives: Slavery and Freedom in West Africa and Brazil.