Paul Basu:"Museum Affordances: Activating West African Ethnographic Archives and Collections through Experimental Museology"

Departmental Seminar Series features Paul Basu, Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS University of London.

The seminar is followed by informal gathering, at which refreshments are served. All are welcome!

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Research profile

Paul Basu became Professor of Anthropology and Cultural Heritage at UCL prior to joining SOAS in 2015. His doctoral research was concerned with genealogical heritage tourism and the historical imagination in the Scottish Highland diaspora. Professor Basu’s regional specialization has subsequently been focused in West Africa, and particularly in Sierra Leone, where he continues to work on issues around landscape, memory and cultural heritage.

Before becoming an anthropologist, Professor Basu trained and worked as a filmmaker, and he continues to explore the use of different media in ethnographic research and exhibition curation. Most recently, Basu has been working in Nigeria, retracing the itineraries of the colonial anthropologist N. W. Thomas. This research is the subject of a new AHRC-funded project entitled ‘Museum Affordances: Activating West African Ethnographic Archives and Collections through Experimental Museology’.

Professor Basu is an editor of the Routledge Studies in Culture and Development book series. Publications

Published Dec. 7, 2018 2:10 PM - Last modified Jan. 2, 2019 12:42 PM