Dr Julia Gallagher has won a prestigious European Research Council consolidator grant for her new project, Understanding Statehood through Architecture: a comparative study of Africa’s state buildings.
The five year project sets out to understand how African states work and what they mean to citizens. It does so by looking at state buildings, such as parliaments, ministries, courts, police stations and presidential headquarters in seven African countries – South Africa, Tanzania, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea Bissau. The project will involve a team of five researchers who will use photography, archival and ethnographic methods to explore how statehood is embodied and expressed through buildings.
Julia Gallagher is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations and Director of AAME, the Centre for Politics in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. The grant is for €1,870,664 and the project is expected to begin in September 2018.