- Current MPhil/PhD student
- Arts & Humanities MPhil/PhD
Resplendence: The Importance of Strategic Sartoriality and the Role of Aso-oke in the Culture of the Yoruba of Western Nigeria
My research examines the centrality of resplendence to the core value-system of the Yoruba society of western Nigeria: how strategic sartoriality informs and is informed by concepts of morality, traditional religious beliefs, kinship and beauty. I will explore the phenomenon of resplendence as it presents in Yoruba culture, specifically through the use of Aso-oke, the pre-eminent prestige cloth of the Yoruba, which serves as a multi-layered repository of genealogical memory and cultural continuity imbued with spiritual significance.
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LLB, Birkbeck College, University of London, 1997,
BA (Hons), University of Ife, Nigeria, 1984,
Textile maker, artist and label owner (Maverick Designs): Independent researcher, writer and lecturer.
Bankole-Race, 'ASO IYI, ASO EYE: Beauty and Resplendence in Yoruba Aso-Oke Usage' (The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and Beauty ed. Stephanie Bunn,2018, Routledge, Abingdon ).
UNFOLDED CLOTH: Manipulation, Cloth, Art and the Diaspora (RAI Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future , London, 2020)
LIGHT ON SKIN: Cicatrisation and Beauty among the Yoruba (ASA18, Oxford, 2018).
UNFOLDING WORLDS: The Symbolism and Evolution of Folded Cloth and Language in the Yoruba Diaspora (EASA 18, Stockholm, 2018).
MOUNTED BY ORISA: PRAXIS AND REPRESENTATION OF PERSONAL LANDSCAPES IN POLITICAL REALITY (RAI, London,2018).
EMERE- OMI: Mermaids, Myths and the Marine Bride phenomenon in Yoruba culture (Island Dynamics, Copenhagen,2017).
RESPLENDENT COLOURLESSNESS (Pasold Institute, Glasgow, 2017).
'NATIVE MAGIC' AND WICKED PROBLEMS: Spirituality, Traditional Yoruba Weaving and Reality (EASA 16, Milan 2016).
CLOTH AS MEMORY: Yoruba Family Status and Memory through Aso-Oke and Adire (ASA 16, Durham 2016).
CULTURAL KLEPTOMANIA AND THE BOUNDARIES OF AUTHENTICITY (ASA15, Exeter 2015).
REFLECTIONS ON RESPLENDENCE : The Importance and Usage of Light as Status-enhancement among the Yoruba of Western Nigeria' (ASA 14, Edinburgh 2014).
ASO ASIKO (FASHION FORWARDNESS): Yoruba Traditional Textiles and Contemporary Fashion Aesthetics' (2ndNon-Western Fashion Conference, London 2013).
'WEAVING THE FUTURE ,WEARING THE PAST: Contemporising History through Aso-Oke' (Pasold Institute,London 2013)