Taiwo Afolabi

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Taiwo Afolabi
Position/Fellowship type:
Research Affiliate
Refugee Law Initiative
Home institution:
University of Victoria
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Human rights, Law
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Taiwo Afolabi is a PhD Candidate at the University of Victoria. Taiwo’s doctoral research broadly focuses on forced migration, border, displacement and the role of arts in engendering effective resettlement for both refugees and internally displaced persons for citizen participation. He has undertaken both artistic and research projects in China, Ireland, Burkina Faso, Denmark, Nigeria, Spain, Sri Lanka, Iran, Croatia and Sudan. He is an alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program of the United States of America. He founded Theatre Emissary International and co-coordinates the Network of Emerging Arts Professionals of the UNESCO’ s International Theatre Institute (ITI/UNESCO). His articles have been published in highly reputable journal in theatre and performance. He teaches at the Department of Theatre, University of Victoria. He is a Queen Elizabeth Scholar, and a Graduate Fellow at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria. 

Recent Publications

  • Afolabi, Taiwo and Femi Adeagbo (Eds.). Arts, Border/Borderland and Migration, Special Issue of Journal for Borderland Studies, (forthcoming) 
  • Theatre and Participation: towards a holistic notion of participation. Applied Theatre Research, Vol.5:2, 2017, pp.67-82. 
  • A study of cultural entrepreneurship approaches of Terra Kulture’, Current Issues of Theory and Criticism in African Theatre. Ed. Z. Kofoworola, M. Owusu and A. Adeoye (Ilorin: University of Ilorin Press and Accra: Methodist University Press) pp.468-482. 
  • Theatre and Participation: a critical examination of Sherry Arnstein’s ladder of Participation in the Kamiriithu theatre experience. Applied Theatre Research, Vol.4:3, 2016, pp.205-221 
  • Theatre for Young Audience: The Danish Model. Research in Drama in Education: the Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, Vol. 20, No. 5, 2015, 483-489 
  • Drama, reflective, and corrective relevance: an examination of Victor Anyagu’s The Other Alternative. Humanity Jos Journal of General Studies. Vol. 5, No. 1, 2012, 80-88
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