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Lecture Title

The Architecture of Education: A Sociopolitical Study of Building Schools, School Buildings, and Schooling in Ghana



Kuukuwa Manful  


Date & Time

Monday, Feb 20 at 05:00 pm PT



Eugene / Lawrence Hall / 206



This talk is an account of the making of, being in, and belonging to the post-colonial African nation of Ghana, examined through the lens of school architecture. I analyse processes of building schools, school buildings as products, and experiences of schooling through time and space to draw connections between educational architecture, nation-building and social class in Ghana.



Kuukuwa Manful is a trained architect and researcher from Ghana who creates, studies, and documents architecture in Africa. She is a visiting post-doctoral scholar at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at the University of Stanford, and a post-doctoral researcher on the African State Architecture Project at SOAS, University of London. 


Her book project titled ‘The Architecture of Education’ examines nation-building, social class, and modernness through a longue durée analysis of the sociopolitical and physical architectures of secondary schools in Ghana. She holds a PhD from SOAS, University of London, an MSc African Studies from The University of Oxford, and Masters and BSc Architecture degrees from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.



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