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John Thabiti Willis Author Discussion and Book Signing

Tuesday

Jun 12, 2018 – 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

504 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801 Map

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John Thabiti Willis, Associate Professor in the Department of History at Carleton College and Associate Editor of the Journal of West African History, will speak on his book, Masquerading Politics: Kinship, Gender, and Ethnicity in a Yoruba Town (2017).
In West Africa, especially among Yoruba people, masquerades have the power to kill enemies, appoint kings, and grant fertility. John Thabiti Willis takes a close look at masquerade traditions in the Yoruba town of Otta, exploring transformations in performers, performances, and the institutional structures in which masquerade was used to reveal ongoing changes in notions of gender, kinship, and ethnic identity. As Willis focuses on performers and spectators, he reveals a history of masquerade that is rich and complex. His research offers a more nuanced understanding of performance practices in Africa and their role in forging alliances, consolidating state power, incorporating immigrants, executing criminals, and projecting individual and group power on both sides of the Afro-Atlantic world.
The presentation will be followed by a book signing, and the book will be available for purchase in the museum gift shop.

FREE
Reservations requested.

FREE parking available at 6th and Shipley Street courtesy of Colonial Parking.

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