Nduka Otiono, a Nigerian-Canadian scholar and former journalist for The Guardian newspaper, has been appointed director of the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University.
The three-year appointment will take effect from July 1, 2022.
According to FIJ, Otiono’s appointment was announced in a statement by Pauline Rankin, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Carleton University, Canada.
Rankin described Otiono as “an associate professor at the Institute of African Studies whose work spans creative writing, cultural studies, oral performance and literature in Africa, and postcolonial studies”.
She listed her recent publications to include the co-edited volume of essays, Polyvocal Bob Dylan: Music, Performance, Literature (Palgrave Macmillan 2019) and DisPlace: The Poetry of Nduka Otiono (Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2021).
Speaking by appointmentOtiono expressed his gratitude for the opportunity.
“I humbly accept this appointment and call for service as the new director of our beloved Institute of African Studies at Carleton University, Canada’s premier institute of African studies,” he said. he declares.
“When I joined this unit as the first full-time faculty member on the tenure track in 2014, I had no idea that in 7 years I would be leading it as its first director. not named from outside the institute.
“Recognizing that this is our home department and that the intellectual and cultural center for the study of Africa in Canada is essential to my vision for the Institute, I count on our large community and our partners local and international for the cooperation and support needed to move the Institute forward into its second decade of existence, having been founded in 2009.”
He expressed his gratitude to the hiring committee, the university leadership, as well as his colleagues, students and family for their inspiration and support.
According to his profile on the university’s website, Otiono is “a writer, associate professor, and graduate program coordinator at Carleton University’s Institute of African Studies.”
“He is the author and co-editor of eight books on creative writing and academic research. Before turning to academia, he was for many years a journalist in Nigeria, secretary general of the Nigerian Authors Association, founding member of the Nigerian section of the UNESCO Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee and member founder of the board of directors of the annual scholarship of 100,000 dollars. Nigerian Literature Award,” the profile read.
“Fellow of the William Joiner Center for War and Social Consequences, University of Massachusetts, Boston, his interdisciplinary research focuses on popular urban narratives in postcolonial Africa and how they travel across multiple popular cultural platforms such as media, cinema , popular media. music and social networks.
“Beyond the cultural relevance of these small everyday life genres also known as rumors, urban myths or legends, Otiono explores their political relevance and embodiment as ‘street tales’ and how ordinary people speak to power through these informal channels.His research draws on his experience as a journalist and cultural activist in Nigeria.
“His research interests span cultural studies, oral performance and literature in Africa, postcolonial studies, media and communication studies, globalization and popular culture.”