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Fields: Atlantic History | West Africa |Gender & Sexuality
Adviser: Ndubueze Mbah
My research focuses on bodily practices and aesthetics in the Bight of Biafra, specifically in Calabar during the 19th and 20th centuries, and how transformations in these practices due to increasing Atlantic influences affected articulations of sexuality in the region. It centers on Efik women and their interactions with each other so I am interested in exploring relationships between co-wives and between senior and junior women in homosocial spaces such as fattening houses.