Jean Allman


Filtered through an autobiographical lens, this paper presents a series of reflections on the intertwined trajectories of the Ghana Studies Association and the field of Ghana Studies. Beginning with some observations about the early history of what began as the Akan Studies Council and became the GSA, the paper then shifts to a broad-strokes analysis of scholarship—including changes in thematic focus, methodology, and area—that has been produced as “Ghana Studies” in the context of shifting landscapes of knowledge production. The paper concludes with some reflections on decolonization and Ghana Studies—present and future.

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