Visiting scholar (funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)
July 2019 – June 2021
Dr. Izuu Nwankwọ
University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Izuu Nwankwọ is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam Nigeria. He received his Ph.D. on the making of new theatre through Nigerian stand-up comedy from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, in 2014. He is an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral research fellow from 1st July 2019 to 30th June 2021 at IFEAS. He is being hosted by Matthias Krings, and his project is titled, “Taboo, Censorship and the Limits of Humor in African (Diaspora) Stand-up Comedy.” This work is aimed at critically engaging with stand-up practice in Africa and its diaspora, with a view to catalyzing interest in this art form which has become one of the most popular entertainment genres on the continent. The point of emphasis on this project is to examine how location, audience constitution and the dynamics of their responses, as well as other social-cultural attributes of the performance milieu constrain comedians to remain within the bounds of allowed humour through self-censorship. The work also anticipates and makes allowance for the difficulties which excessive demands of censorship could bring to stand-up comedy given that it is primarily aimed at eliciting humour, and much of this risibility comes from materials that are potentially offensive. Also, it makes allowance for the condition of stand-up art as one of the very few genres where performers do not repeat their materials because that puts them immediately out of relevance. The project thus examines specifically how individual comedians strike their balance between amusement and abuse.
Visiting Narrator/oral Traditionalist/Musician (funded by the ifeas)
Dembo Jobarteh used his stay to talk about the professional role of the jali as narrator, entertainer, diplomat, musician, praise-singer, etc. in the Mande societies of West Africa. He belongs to of one of the most-respected families of Mandinka-musicians and he is representative of the famous Brikama school of kora players and jali or griots from The Gambia.
Visiting Professor (funded by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation)
August 2019 – Oktober 2019
Professor for Literature, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal
Ibrahima Wane continued his research project on Senegalese music of the 1960s to 90s at the African Music Archives. Wane studied Modern Lan-guages at and received his Doctorate from the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. Since 2006, he has been Maître-Assistant for oral African literatures at the Department of Modern Languages.