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Assistant Professor DAAS
Adedamola (Damola) Osinulu is an inter-disciplinary scholar with a Ph.D. in Culture and Performance from the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures from where he also obtained an MA. In addition, he received a degree in Architecture from the University of Houston and practiced as an architect for several years. He is a recipient of the Michigan Society of Fellows postdoctoral fellowship. His current work sits at the intersection of cultural studies, spatial theory, urbanism, and religious studies. His dissertation City on Edge: Constructing Efficacious Pentecostal Sites in Lagos examined the explosive growth of Pentecostal Christianity in the Nigerian city of Lagos. In particular, based on ethnographic research conducted at three immense Pentecostals sites in and around Lagos, it examined how performative and discursive practices are deployed by Pentecostals to create a perception of efficacy around their sites. This work posits a relationship between the spatial practices of the city and the ritual practices of the Pentecostal space. For the duration of his postdoctoral fellowship, Adedamola will be revising his dissertation into a book manuscript and expanding his research on Pentecostal spaces into other African cities. He will also offer courses on urban religion in Africa and the African diaspora through DAAS.
Department of Afroamerican and African Studies
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Ann Arbor, MI