In this blog Lauren England (PhD Candidate, King's College London) focuses on the themes that emerged from the literature on two forms of craft production in Nigeria – ceramics and textiles – and their role in both micro-enterprise development and in industrial manufacturing.
Craft is an interesting discipline as it spans both artistic and industrial production and can combine creativity, design, science and technology. There is a long history of utilitarian craft production in Nigeria following a traditional small to medium enterprise production model.
Key themes that have emerged from the literature on craft production in Nigeria are:
Damilola Adegoke attended and presented a paper at the last RGS-IBG conference in Cardiff. He presented early results from some fieldwork undertaken in Nigeria on co-working spaces. The paper entitled "Creative co-working and creative hubs in Africa: mapping opportunities and stakeholders" was presented as part of a special session on The geography of creative industries revisited: creative work, social innovation and co-working organised by Dr Roberta Comunian and Dr Waldemar Cudny (University of Lodz, Poland).
We are currently looking into co-working spaces and creative hubs Nigeria (with specific focus on the capital, Lagos)
Damilola Adegoke, one of our KCL collaborators has just published a new report on Knowledge Production on Peace and Security in Africa: Mapping the epistemic terrain of peace and security in Africa (1960-2018)
There are thousands of research outputs from studies on the subject of peace and security across Africa. The different findings and themes emanating from these diverse studies have been published in different sources including academic journals, conference proceedings, chapters in books, and books reviews among others but without a concrete attempt at mapping the entire process involved in the production and dissemination of these findings. This study deploys the tools of network analysis to map out the citation patterns amongst peace and security scholars affiliated to institutions in Africa with a view to providing deeper insights into the prevalent keyword usage, keyword co-occurrences and prevalent themes through the decades from the 1960s until now. The mapping focused primarily on peace and security-themed academic articles published by African scholars who are affiliated to African-based institutions between 1960 and the first quarter of 2018.
The full report is available here: Report
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On the 25th of January Dr Roberta Comunian was invited to chaired a session at the King's Engaged in Africa 2018 event. She chaired a panel on 'Emerging Economies and Africa', discussing the new challenges and opportunities for economic development in Africa.
A video of the session is available to view online
The activities of the Creative Economies in Africa Network have started in January 2018 and will continue until November 2019.
This research blog is an opportunity to share findings and activities of the research network but also to include contributions from other researchers interested in sharing their reflections or research findings with a wider audiences. If you are interested in writing or proposing a blog post to appear here, please get in touch via our contact form.
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The blog aims to collect ideas, reflections and updates from researchers working on creative economies in Africa. If you are interested in contributing please get in touch via our contact form