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Sakiru Adebayo, PhD
English, English and Cultural StudiesOffice: CCS 379
African Literature, The New African Diaspora, Postcolonial Studies, Black Studies, Memory Studies, Melancholy Studies
Courses & Teaching
ENG 153: Readings in Narrative; ENG 291: African Literary Canons; ENG 391: Afropolitan Literature; ENG 491/CULT 490: Black Intellectual Traditions; ENG 522: Literature and Memory
Born in Ijebu Igbo, a town in Southwestern Nigeria, Sakiru moved to Ibadan to study at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria’s premier university. He later moved to Johannesburg, South Africa for his Ph.D. at the University of the Witwatersrand. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research (WISER) for a year. He is very excited to be a part of the UBC community in the Okanagan Valley.
B.A. English, University of Ibadan; M.A. English, University of Ibadan; Ph.D. African Literature, University of the Witwatersrand; Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research (WISER)
Selected Publications & Presentations
Continuous Pasts: Frictions of Memory in Postcolonial Africa, University of Michigan Press, 2023.
The Pronouns of History: An Interview with Enzo Traverso. Journal of the History of Ideas Blog
Post-apartheid Melancholia: Navigating Loss and (be)Longing in South Africa. Social Dynamics: A Journal of African Studies, Volume 48, Issue 2.
The Anatomy of Oblivion in Jose Agualusa’s A General Theory of Oblivion. Journal of African Literature Association, published online, February 18, 2022.
Living in a Permanent Wake: the Cinematic and Affective Prisms of Mourning in Zulu Love Letter. Accepted by the Journal of African Cinemas, forthcoming in January 2022.
Speaking About the Dead in the Present Tense: Half of a Yellow Sun as a Work of Postmemory. Research in African Literatures, Volume 52, Issue 2, 2021.
Unmournable Bodies, Embodied Monuments and Bodily Truths: Rethinking Reconciliation in Zulu Love Letter. SAFUNDI, Volume 21, Issue 4, 2020.
This Uprising Will Bring Out The Beast In Us: The Cultural Afterlife of ‘Beasts of No Nation’. Journal of African Studies, Volume 32, Issue 3, 2020.
The Black Soul is a White Man’s Artifact? Post-coloniality, Post-Fanonism and the Tenacity of Race(ism) in Igoni Barrett’s Blackass. African Studies, Volume 79, Issue 1, 2020.
Dis/ruptures of Home and Citizenship. Memory, Migration and Alternative Practices of Belonging in Dinaw Mengestu’s Children of the Revolution. Kairos: A Journal of Critical Symposium, Volume 4, No 1, 2019.
The Psychology of Oppression and Liberation in Mongane Serote’s To Every Birth its Blood. Journal of Pan African Studies 12.4: 231-248, 2018.
A Review of Carnivalizing Reconciliation: Contemporary Australian and Canadian Literature and Film Beyond Victim Paradigm by Hanna Teichler. Memory Studies, Volume 15, Issue 4, 2022.
A Review of Childhood in Contemporary Diasporic African Literature: Memories and Futures Past by Chris Ouma. Research in African Literature Volume 51, Issue 2, 2021.
A Future and a Past Under Construction: A Review of These are the Things that Sit with Us. English in Africa 1.37, 2020.
The Nigerian Dream is to Leave Nigeria. An opinion piece published in Africa is a Country. March 1, 2021
Crazy Rich Nigerians. An opinion piece published in Africa is a Country. January 13, 2020.
Young Nigerian Demand a Different Kind of Freedom in The Conversation Africa, October 17, 2020.
Even Dogs Are Racist. October 10, 2021, Mail and Guardian.
Selected Grants & Awards
Amilcar Cabral Prize, 2023
The Nigerian Prize for Literary Criticism, 2022
Hampton Fund Research Grant- New Faculty Grant, $9000 2022-2024
Public Humanities Hub-Okanagan Grant (co-applicants: Emily Murphy and Nikhita Obeegadoo), $ 6850, April 2023-December 2024
African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Award, 2021 (declined).
THINK (Transforming Humanities Through Interdisciplinary Knowledge) Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2021
African Literature Association (ALA), African Studies Association (ASA), Memory Studies Association (MSA)
I was interviewed by David Jeffress on my book, Continuous Pasts, for the Porch Series: A Public Humanities Project, hosted by the English and Cultural and Cultural Studies, UBCO, October 27, 2022.
Melancholy in the Time of Pandemic. WISER Podcast Series, Episode 2, September, 17, 2020.