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Kwabena Agyare Yeboah is a social historian whose wide range of interests include African history, history of public health & medicine, and public/ digital history. At UCSB, he will be studying the framing of HIV/AIDS in Ghana and its interface with the siting of the Akosombo dam (Volta River Project), ethnocentrism, women’s history, commercial sex work, transnational sexual networks, and the misuse of statistics in quantitative epidemiology.
Prior to joining the Department of History at UCSB, Kwabena worked as a curator at Nubuke Foundation, where he was responsible for exhibition making and programming as well as managing special projects like Artist Development Programmes and grantmaking. In 2021, ‘Look at We,’ a show that he curated was mentioned as one of the must see 10 cultural events in the world by Artforum. He was the co-writer and writer of the 150,000 Euro ACP-EU CULTURE PROGRAM: SUPPORT FOR CULTURAL AND CREATIVE and the Google Art & Culture grants respectively. He has previously worked as a freelance writer. His essays have been published in publications like Popula, African Arguments, South Africa’s Mail & Guardian, Contemporary & ,The Sole Adventurer, and the like. He founded and edited Ehanom Review (2014 – 2015). In 2016, the Mexican magazine Ofi Press nominated him for the PushCart Prize. His poetry manuscript ‘of this and other rivers’ got a mention at the inaugural Kofi Awoonor Literary Prize. In the same year, he was the first runner-up for the GHScientific writing competition. His poetry and fiction have been widely published, both on the internet and in print anthologies.
Furthermore, Kwabena has an experience in organising literary and art festivals including the 2022 ‘Woori Weaving Festival’ in Wa in the Upper West region of Ghana. Kwabena’s curatorial practice investigates the politics of epistemology especially as it pertains to the centre – periphery dichotomy – How do we know the things that we do? Where do they come from? What gets suppressed/overlooked/ignored? With these lines of enquiries, he collaborated with open access providers/users such the Wikipedia user group Global Open Initiative, Google Art and Culture Institute and Google Map in bringing Ghanaian art & culture content online as well as using lens-based media to promote art shows.
Kwabena Agyare Yeboah (2019). ‘We need to talk about Ghana’s Year of Return and its politics of exclusion.’ African Arguments .
Kwabena Agyare Yeboah. ‘George Alhassan: Footballer and Photographer.’ (2019). Popula.
Kwabena Agyare Yeboah. ‘In Praise of the Presence of Absence’ in Ibrahim Mahama. Exchange-Exchanger (1957-2057) (2017). Ed. Bernard Akoi-Jackson. Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Berlin, Germany.
Edited Artist Catalogues/ Publications
‘Woori’ (2022). Nubuke Foundation. Accra, Ghana.
‘Make We Dance’ (2022). Nubuke Foundation. Accra, Ghana.
‘Look at We.’ (2021). Nubuke Foundation. Accra, Ghana.
Awards & Professional Activities:
- UCSB Chancellor’s Fellowship 2022 – 2027