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David Donkor

Associate Professor
Department of Performance Studies
College of Liberal Arts

David Donkor engages theatre/performance as a form of public address in Africana cultures. His ethnographies of Ghanaian stand up comedy, popular theatre, and storytelling explain the interplay of a trickster ethos (based on folk figure Ananse) with performance, political liberalization, and economic (neo) liberalization in Ghana.

Donkor will produce a book, Staging Independence, about Ghana’s 1957 independence commemoration and exploring the national, international, and transnational importance of Ghana’s maiden independence.

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