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Title: Sayling, stories from the mothership: narrating political geographies of Nigerian campus cultism
Author: Weaver, Kristina N.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2685 4901
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2010
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"Sayling, Stories from the Mothership" is a collection of ethnographic fictions - short stories - adapted from notes, archival materials, and interviews compiled over a year of geographic fieldwork in southwestern Nigeria. Touching on a wide range of themes, from domesticity to internet fraud, the stories explore the interface of occult violence and youth politics in the contemporary period. They are connected through overlapping characters and through their relationships to a central geography: the University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria's oldest and most prestigious institute of higher education and the site of origin for the nation's first campus 'cult': the Pyrates Confraternity. The collection is, in essence, a character study of Nigerian campus cultism, itself. The stories are organized into three sections that can be mapped onto a ritual landscape: the stages of initiation, participation, and renunciation serve to link diverse voices and life stories. The dissertation is framed by a Preface and Epilogue that explore issues of race, representation, and reflexivity, themes that are important to a project engaging with living memories of contemporary violence. A critical prologue and footnotes throughout serve to connect the creative core of this work to larger academic, literary, and ethnographic contexts. An appendix features maps that highlight spaces and dates important to the stories as well as four original interview 'transcripts', semi-fictionalised records that provide both additional ethnographic detail and evidence of methodology.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Not available Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography ; DT Africa ; PR English literature