A Ghana Studies Association Conference in Cape Coast 6-9 July, 2016.
Here are the Twitter highlights from four days of all things Ghana!
It started on a bus taking us from Accra to green Cape Coast.
We were housed in three different locations, on and around campus. There were mixed reviews…
I of course made sure I had both phone and iPad “bundled up” well well, but I worry for the hashtag!! #GlobalGhana https://twitter.com/joseph_nti/status/750669210280423428 …
On the afternoon of the 6th, the conference panel sessions kicked off.
At Ghana Studies Association conference in Cape Coast. Excited for interdisciplinary learning and networking #globalghana
Did you know the first radio broadcast in Ghana happened on 31 July, 1935? Victoria Ellen Smith tells us about the relay ??? #GlobalGhana
The first broadcast was initiated by the Governor and was part of commonwealth strategy to “celebrate British culture”. ??? #GlobalGhana
Daniel Yaw Fiaveh on what it means to have a penis in Ghana in his paper “Hegemonic Penile Discourses and Continuities…” ??? #GlobalGhana
“Phallic competence” is important in constructing masculinity in Ghana, argues Fiaveh, but what that exactly mean in Ghana? ??? #GlobalGhana
I have no idea how to theorize the fact that men do not open up to talk about issues of phallic competence, says Fiaveh. ??? #GlobalGhana
Alison Okuda presents a paper on “The migrant’s experience in post-colonial Ghana”. A text by Kofi Awonoor illustrates it! ???? #GlobalGhana
Last paper day1: Rita Nketia on second-generation African-Canadian Identity. She opens by problematising “black immigrants” ??? #GlobalGhana
What is the transnational capacity of the second-generation? Nketia outlines her PHD research at the end of her talk. ??? #GlobalGhana
“Ghanaian parents abroad want to go home, but didn’t raise us to. In their minds, Ghana is where you go to die!” – Nketia ??? #GlobalGhana
Data to support Nketia flows in… #GlobalGhana https://twitter.com/_yawdee/status/750745579035226112 …
What is freedom? Have we not focused too much on the political kingdom? How do we critique power? Forge inclusion? ??? #GlobalGhana
Discussions from conference panels continues online…
Good to be linked. Can you recommend any penis readings to my followers? I’ll recommend @adventurefrom #GlobalGhana https://twitter.com/fiaveh/status/750752126381481984 …
You said Ghanaian women see it as they can “own” a penis (dildo?) – is that part of the penile economy? #GlobalGhana https://twitter.com/fiaveh/status/750752618763415552 …
Veteran anthropologist Gracia Clark adds that homophobia in Africa is an import “wholesale” from US ! ??? #GlobalGhana
Next speaker: “I hope I’ll not get into trouble for what I’m going to say” This liberation convo is now a homosexuality convo. #GlobalGhana
Waking up at Jangles Hotel Cape Coast: no running water, no breakfast. Perfect preparation for day of presentations #globalghana
Melinda Adams talking about how political parties make gender and gender makes political parties in Ghana. #GlobalGhana
“Recruitment is largely informal and it does not favor women, either they violate party or societal norms by engaging”. ??? #GlobalGhana
Running for office is still very expensive and candidates have to prove contributions to constituency and get signatures. ??? #GlobalGhana
Strategies for implementation: 1. Collaboration within existing structures, 2. Public awareness, 3. Training. – Anyidoho ??? #GlobalGhana
Anyidoho concludes by asking if it is inevitable that CSOs are weaker in an implementation phase (vs law passing phase). ??? #GlobalGhana
“Growing up in a typical village in Ghana in the 80s, I saw my mother doing all domestic work.” – Hubert Asiedu ??? #GlobalGhana
“The main purpose is to investigate men’s perception of unpaid work and what they actually do.” – Asiedu ??? #GlobalGhana
Many men say they are willing to do domestic unpaid work, but only “undercover” or when people are not around. – Asiedu ??? #GlobalGhana
Hubert Asiedu talking about “Transition to Modern Man: Exploring Men’s Involvement in Unpaid Work” #GlobalGhana
There is a strong cultural expectation for women to do unpaid work in certain parts of Ghana -Hubert Asiedu #GlobalGhana
Hubert Asiedu talking abt 3 typologies of men in Ghana: 1. Traditional men 2.Transitional men 3. Modern Men #GlobalGhana
I asked about literature on patriarchal societies & winner takes all majoritarian democracies. Adams said systems matter! ??? #GlobalGhana
Prof. Ato Quayson talking on the history of Oxford Street, Osu, Accra in his own poignant and at times hilarious way #globalghana
The papers also all pointed to a dynamic gender situation in politics, policy and homes! ??? #GlobalGhana https://twitter.com/fiaveh/status/751048862962450432 …
Interesting response on the 1939 earthquake and the British empire crisis management. In 1944, a town plan was presented. ??? #GlobalGhana
In 1954, a “very compete have town plan” was presented complete with “green wedges and maps”. ??? #GlobalGhana
That sounds better! Maybe post a photo from Elmina harbor here tomorrow? ??? #GlobalGhana https://twitter.com/micheldoortmont/status/751056189572706304 …
Late on day 2, the hashtag #GlobalGhana trended on Twitter, suggesting it was one of the most used hashtags in Ghana for some time.
Second hand clothing trade steps: containers to Tema, sold by container to Kumasi, broken into bales and sold to traders. ??? #GlobalGhana
Second hand traders noticed the recession in US/Europe and told Clark clothes came worn out to Ghana! ??? #GlobalGhana indeed!
What is the agency of Africans vs wax print producers? Taylor-Watson says renaming cloth, designing &styling it is agency. ??? #GlobalGhana
” Three typologies of men in Ghana: 1. Traditional men 2.Transitional men 3. Modern Men ” – Hubert Asiedu #GlobalGhana
China is to increase import of goods from Ghana over $6.5 billion #GlobalGhana Ghana has become the fastest growing economy in the world
Folks here at ??? #GlobalGhana are very excited about #ChaleWote& @Accradotalt and making plans to attend! http://accradotaltradio.com/chale-wote-street-art-festival/ …
#GlobalGhana was still trending.
Victoria Ellen Smith talks to us about the Adu Boahen Memorial Library being set up at the history department, Uni of Gh. ??? #GlobalGhana
Do you want to be a member of @GhanaStudiesASA? Just fill the form (and pay the dues) ?? http://ghanastudies.com/announcements/membership/ … ??? #GlobalGhana
The @GhanaStudiesASA journal is available on @ProjectMUSE! Members get print copies. Details: http://ghanastudies.com/announcements/ghana-studies-journal/ … ??? #GlobalGhana
Dennis Laumann got a career & family from study abroad in Gh:”study abroad is a family business, study abroad is my life!” ??? #GlobalGhana
I think Prof Melinda Adams referred to the 2015 affirmative action policy: http://citifmonline.com/2015/04/01/npp-defers-controversial-affirmative-action-policy/ … ??? #GlobalGhana https://twitter.com/nfaoforiatta/status/751131197804281858 …
Some Ghana scholars might take an interest in the conversation on depression led by @sistaclinik. ???#GlobalGhana https://twitter.com/sistaclinik/status/751381939270086656 …
For Ghana scholars wanting to write on the 2016 elections, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org to join the ??? #GlobalGhanaworking group!
Getz is receiving praise for translating his research into accessible formats like the graphic novel & the app. ??? #GlobalGhana
Did you know @UMich/@UofMAfrica has an opportunity for early career scholars in Africa? ??? #GlobalGhana https://www.ii.umich.edu/asc/initiatives/umaps.html …
In Old Fadama,buildings are mostly wood.Each room can host as many as 10 people. “I want to talk about how people survive”. ???#GlobalGhana
The institutions present in Old Fadama are non-state: NGOs, ethnic chiefs and community groups, says Yeboah Danso-Wiredu. ???#GlobalGhana
Next talk is also on Old Fadama.Paul Stacey asks qs on property governance in state absence:How is it regulated?Legitimized????#GlobalGhana
Stacey talks about individual initiatives like Adam’s toll bridge, a similar project described here http://www.thebigroundtable.com/stories/the-bridge-to-sodom-and-gomorrah/ …???#GlobalGhana
Comment: It is not true the state is absent in Old Fadama, tax is collected and there is an assembly with assembly men! ???#GlobalGhana
Reply:Tax is NOT collected in Old Fadama after a dispute with AMA some time back. Yes, assembly man, but no public services! ???#GlobalGhana
All set for the closing reception of GSA’s 2016 triennial conference at the University of Cape Coast #GlobalGhana