Current Institutional Affiliation
Clinical Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies, New York University

Award Information

International Dissertation Research Fellowship 2009
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
World Arts and Cultures, University of California / Los Angeles
Venues of Transformation: Pentecostal Spaces in Lagos, Nigeria

The Nigerian city of Lagos has, in recent years, experienced explosive population growth. This rapid influx of people has transformed Lagos into a nexus for the exchange of cultural ideas. One idea that has found footing in Lagos is global Pentecostalism. This research has four clear goals: to contextualize the advent of Pentecostalism within the regional culture; to analyze how Pentecostals are constructing physical transformation in the city; to examine how Pentecostals inscribe social transformation in their advertisements; and to investigate how these believers perform cultural transformation within their spaces. All these goals are driven by one overriding question: in what ways are Lagos's Pentecostals looking to transform their city-physically, socially, and culturally-through the framework of Pentecostal discourse?