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Damilola Adebayo

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Department of History

Assistant Professor

Office: 2194 Vari Hall
Email: adebayod@yorku.ca

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Dr. Damilola Adebayo is a historian of Anglophone West Africa, particularly Nigeria. His research and teaching interests are at the intersection of three fields namely social and economic history; science, technology and society (STS); and the role of international organizations in the African past. His current research theme investigates the socioeconomic life of Western technologies in Africa since the 1850s. He is keen to understand the varied contexts within which Western energy, communication, and transportation technologies were adopted, appropriated, hybridized, reinvented, or discarded by the upper class and everyday people; and the ways in which these technologies have been a cause and effect of change in African societies.

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Dr. Damilola Adebayo is a historian of Anglophone West Africa, particularly Nigeria. His research and teaching interests are at the intersection of three fields namely social and economic history; science, technology and society (STS); and the role of international organizations in the African past. His current research theme investigates the socioeconomic life of Western technologies in Africa since the 1850s. He is keen to understand the varied contexts within which Western energy, communication, and transportation technologies were adopted, appropriated, hybridized, reinvented, or discarded by the upper class and everyday people; and the ways in which these technologies have been a cause and effect of change in African societies. A product of this theme is his ongoing book project, provisionally entitled Electric Urbanism: Technology and Socioeconomic Life in Nigeria. The book analyzes the evolution and impact of electrification in Nigeria from its inception in 1898, through independence (1960), the Civil War (1967-1970), and to the eve of the OPEC-led international oil boom in the early 1970s. It makes original contributions to studies of colonial and post-colonial investments in infrastructure, colonial and post-colonial development, technology and modernity, energy regulation and privatization, urbanism, and inequality.

Dr. Adebayo holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Cambridge-Africa Scholar (2016-2020). Within Cambridge, his research was generously supported by St. John’s College; the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH); the Centre of African Studies; the Faculty of History (notably, the Ellen McArthur Grant and the George Macaulay Trevelyan Fund); and the Joint Centre for History and Economics. Dr. Adebayo was a “college supervisor” (tutorial instructor) and examiner for several undergraduate and MPhil courses, including at the Faculty of History, Department of Politics, and the Centre of Development Studies. He also served as a representative of graduate students on the board of the Faculty of History.

Dr. Adebayo has won prestigious research awards from leading international academic societies and foundations. He was the 2019 recipient of the IEEE Life Members’ Fellowship in the History of Electrical and Computing Technology. In 2017, he was awarded the Melvin Kranzberg Dissertation Fellowship awarded by the Society for the History of Technology. His has also received grants from the Past and Present Society, and the Economic History Society (UK), among others. Dr. Adebayo obtained a BA degree in History from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where he was a Grace Leadership Foundation Scholar; and an MA degree from the Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland, as a Hans Wilsdorf Foundation Scholar.

Degrees

PhD, University of Cambridge
MA, The Graduate Institute (IHEID), Geneva
BA, University of Ibadan

Research Interests

History , Science and Technology, Modern Africa, Nigeria, Social and Economic History, International Organizations, Labour, Urbanism and Urbanisation, Cities

Current Research Projects

Electric Urbanism

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    Role: Principal Investigator


Dr. Damilola Adebayo is a historian of Anglophone West Africa, particularly Nigeria. His research and teaching interests are at the intersection of three fields namely social and economic history; science, technology and society (STS); and the role of international organizations in the African past. His current research theme investigates the socioeconomic life of Western technologies in Africa since the 1850s. He is keen to understand the varied contexts within which Western energy, communication, and transportation technologies were adopted, appropriated, hybridized, reinvented, or discarded by the upper class and everyday people; and the ways in which these technologies have been a cause and effect of change in African societies.

Dr. Damilola Adebayo is a historian of Anglophone West Africa, particularly Nigeria. His research and teaching interests are at the intersection of three fields namely social and economic history; science, technology and society (STS); and the role of international organizations in the African past. His current research theme investigates the socioeconomic life of Western technologies in Africa since the 1850s. He is keen to understand the varied contexts within which Western energy, communication, and transportation technologies were adopted, appropriated, hybridized, reinvented, or discarded by the upper class and everyday people; and the ways in which these technologies have been a cause and effect of change in African societies. A product of this theme is his ongoing book project, provisionally entitled Electric Urbanism: Technology and Socioeconomic Life in Nigeria. The book analyzes the evolution and impact of electrification in Nigeria from its inception in 1898, through independence (1960), the Civil War (1967-1970), and to the eve of the OPEC-led international oil boom in the early 1970s. It makes original contributions to studies of colonial and post-colonial investments in infrastructure, colonial and post-colonial development, technology and modernity, energy regulation and privatization, urbanism, and inequality.

Dr. Adebayo holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Cambridge-Africa Scholar (2016-2020). Within Cambridge, his research was generously supported by St. John’s College; the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH); the Centre of African Studies; the Faculty of History (notably, the Ellen McArthur Grant and the George Macaulay Trevelyan Fund); and the Joint Centre for History and Economics. Dr. Adebayo was a “college supervisor” (tutorial instructor) and examiner for several undergraduate and MPhil courses, including at the Faculty of History, Department of Politics, and the Centre of Development Studies. He also served as a representative of graduate students on the board of the Faculty of History.

Dr. Adebayo has won prestigious research awards from leading international academic societies and foundations. He was the 2019 recipient of the IEEE Life Members’ Fellowship in the History of Electrical and Computing Technology. In 2017, he was awarded the Melvin Kranzberg Dissertation Fellowship awarded by the Society for the History of Technology. His has also received grants from the Past and Present Society, and the Economic History Society (UK), among others. Dr. Adebayo obtained a BA degree in History from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where he was a Grace Leadership Foundation Scholar; and an MA degree from the Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland, as a Hans Wilsdorf Foundation Scholar.

Degrees

PhD, University of Cambridge
MA, The Graduate Institute (IHEID), Geneva
BA, University of Ibadan

Research Interests

History , Science and Technology, Modern Africa, Nigeria, Social and Economic History, International Organizations, Labour, Urbanism and Urbanisation, Cities

Current Research Projects

Electric Urbanism

    Summary:

    Coming soon

    Description:

    Coming soon

    Role: Principal Investigator