More Questions than Answers? Statistics and Stories

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 10:00am
207 Knox Hall
More Questions than Answers? Statistics and Stories
 
Friday, April 21st, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
207 Knox Hall
Columbia University
 
A conversation with:
University Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University
 
GSAPP (Architecture), Columbia University
 
Comparative Literature, Princeton University
 
Discussant: Juan Obarrio
Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University
 
And a presentation by: 
Helen Yitah, Department of English, University of Ghana
Aloysius Denkabe, Department of English, University of Ghana
Wanjiru Gichuhi, Population Studies and Research Institute, University of Nairobi
 
 
Please join us for a presentation and conversation about an Africa-led research endeavor that studies the rural-urban interface in Ghana and Kenya. The research project has attempted to develop oral history methods centered on first person narrative to consider the interaction of space, gender, and political economy in these specific regions; the role of translation in interpretative social-scientific work; and the interplay of stories and statistics in knowledge making. It further pays particular attention to gender relations in this physical and social space and to the feminization of poverty in migrant populations. The mix of approaches drawn from the humanities and social sciences is intended to help create productive collaborations among disciplines and to highlight the impactful capacity of situated stories, narratives, and oral histories to illuminate and inflect the interpretation of other types of data.

 

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