Plants in Africa and the Global South: Multi-Species Materialities, Ecologies, and Aesthetics (MMEA)

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Past Meetings

  • December 9, 2021

    West Africa Session:
    Amanda Logan (Northwestern University): Archaeobotanical Evidence of Food and Crafting from Oduduwa College, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
    Chioma Ngonadi (University of Nigeria, Nsukka/University of Cambridge): Ancient Food Practices and Pottery Production in Southeastern Nigeria
    Orijemie Emuobosa Akpo (University of Ibadan): From the Hills to the Valley: Changing Food Production Practices among the Tiv in Central Nigeria

  • November 11, 2021

    Elaine Ayers (New York University): Packed in Moss: Bryology and the Circulation of Plants in Nineteenth-Century Colonial Natural History

  • October 14, 2021

    Jonathan Robins (Michigan Technological University): Misreading Africa’s Oil Palm Landscapes: Colonial Legacies in Agriculture, Ecology, and Agroforestry

Group Conveners

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    Jacques Aymeric-Nsangou

    Jacques Aymeric-Nsangou studied at the University of Yaoundé I (Cameroon) where he got his B.A and M.A in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management, and the University of Geneva (Switzerland), where he got his Ph.D. in Archaeology in 2019. He is a specialist in African endogenous fortifications, the history of settlement, and the post-1500 period in West Africa. He is the author of Les fortifications endogènes au Sénégal Oriental, freely available at He took part in archaeological rescue excavations during the construction of the Lom Pangar dam in eastern Cameroon and served as a Cultural Guide at the National Museum of Cameroon. As a postdoctoral fellow, he did a research stay at the Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom and Villa I Tatti Harvard University Center of Florence (IT). Since September 2022, he has been a Swiss National Science Foundation Associate postdoctoral researcher at the University of Manitoba. His work aims to document the Islamisation of Northern Ghana influenced by the Gonja chiefdom through studying the ceramic change. Since 2022, he has undertaken pioneering archaeological research in São Tomé and Principe, and is continuing parallel research on some settlement sites in Eastern Senegal and Cameroon. He is the founder and principal moderator of the linkedIn West African Archaeology and Anthropology Group He is also assistant editor of the Journal of African Archaeology; and is the Africa coordinator of the Newsletter of the Society of Historical Archaeology. His research has been support by the Swiss Confederation, the Swiss Academy of Social Sciences, the Swiss National Sciences Foundation, Brown University and the University of Manitoba.


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    Abidemi Babatunde Babalola

    Abidemi Babatunde Babalola is Smuts Research Fellow in African Studies at the University of Cambridge and an expert in cultural heritage, West African archaeology, early glass production, innovation practices, early technologies, early urbanism and complex societies with a particular focus on Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He received his BA and MA in archaeology from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and holds a PhD in Anthropology from Rice University, Houston, with a specialization in African Archaeology. He was the McMillian Steward Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African & American Research and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Anthropology Harvard University and his research has furthermore been supported by the University College London in Qatar (UCLQ), the Corning Museum, and the Archaeology and Heritage Centre of the Cyprus Institute, among other institutions. His research includes human-environment interaction in terms of the exploitation of vegetation/plant resources for fuel in pyrotechnological activities, and his research on the archaeology of glass in Sub-Saharan African received the Discovery Award of Shanghai Archaeological Forum in 2019.


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    Vera-Simone Schulz

    Vera-Simone Schulz is an art historian working at the crossroads of African, Islamic and European art histories and postdoctoral research associate at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz–Max-Planck-Institut in Florence, Italy. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and her research has been supported by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, the German Research Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Gerda Henkel Foundation, and the Bard Graduate Center in New York City, among others. While her first book on Florence and Tuscany in their Mediterranean and global entanglements (in preparation for publication) already went beyond the common geographical frameworks of art historical studies concerned with Italy and the Islamic world by bringing also material from Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Kongo and coastal East Africa into this discussion, her habilitation and second book project moves from Florence as one of the traditional centers of art history to Eastern Africa, thus contributing to the overcoming of traditional notions of periphery and center in the discipline of art history. She was the 2022 CIRN Sanpaolo Visiting Fellow at CRASSH at the University of Cambridge where she was also a postdoctoral fellow at Wolfson College, and she is currently a MuseumsLab fellow and visiting fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.


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