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Research Network: Archipelagos in Reverse

Reading Group I felt your spirit when you came Adjoa Armah

14 Apr 2022

Join us for a reading group exploring storytelling, archival practice, orality and much more

  • Venue

    Stuart Hall Library

  • Date

    Thursday 14th April 2022

  • Time


  • RSVP

    Free, booking required!

  • Artists

    Adjoa Armah

Following from her talk, I felt your spirit when you came, Adjoa Armah leads a reading group which explores memory and black diaspora historiography through Hampate Ba’s The Living Tradition and Derek Walcott’s Muse of History.

This reading group is open to all; it is a supportive and peer-led space for thinking and learning together. It is a space for constructive disagreements and critical engagement that is always based on mutual respect, interest, and care. If you have any access requirements, please email us in advance at info@iniva.org and we will do our best to accommodate you.

All texts are read together in the group, you don’t need to read them in advance but you can find text below.


Adjoa Armah is a Ghanaian British artist, educator, writer and editor, with a background in design and material/visual anthropology. She lives between London and Cape Coast. Her practice is concerned with the entanglement between art making, design thinking, narrative, the archive, pedagogy, black ontology, spatial consciousness and the political.

Armah is editor and research fellow at Afterall, where she is responsible for Afterall Art School, including key projects the Paul Mellon Centre-funded Black Atlantic Museum and educational (re)turn, developed with the support of Kunstverein Nürnberg. Armah is founder of Saman Archive, through which she explores models of institution building grounded in Akan temporalities and West African technologies of social and historical mediation. She is also a practice-led DPhil researcher in Fine Art at Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford with a project provisionally titled, Meeting Saman: On Study with Narrative posture and -graphy in/as Archival Methodology.

Image Caption: Footprints in Ningo, Adjoa Armah (2021)