University of Sussex English Professor Steph Newell has been awarded a European Research Council Advanced Grant of 2.2 million euro to lead a five-year survey of contemporary urban life in Africa as revealed in attitudes to and perceptions of “dirt”.
The Cultural Politics of Dirt in Africa, 1880-present (DIRTPOL) is fundamental research that is expected to inform public health policy and practice. This five-year project follows four key themes—colonialism, the environment, sexuality and ethnicity—and examines everyday urban practices in Nairobi and Lagos, with particular attention to the ways in which urban encounters and identities are represented and interpreted through English and local-language categories denoting dirt.
The project will run in collaboration with Kenyatta University and the University of Lagos, and will involve an interdisciplinary team of 14 media and communications scholars, sociologists, cultural historians and others. Dr Mbugua Wa Mungai of Kenyatta University in Kenya has been appointed Nairobi regional coordinator for the project, while Dr Patrick Oloko of the University of Lagos in Nigeria will be coordinator in Lagos.
The project is now advertising for full-time Project Researchers to be based out of Kenyatta University and the University of Lagos. Project Researchers will conduct interviews, gather data, and undertake media studies and content analyses in a variety of urban settings.
For more details on Project Researcher positions at Kenyatta University and how to apply see here.
DEADLINE: Friday 13th December 2013 (University of Lagos) & Friday 20th December (Kenyatta University).