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Workshop on “Religious Architectural Heritage in Ibadan” (October 19th/20th, 2022 - IAS, UI / online)



As part of both its programmes on Digital Humanities and on Nigerian religious dynamics, IFRA-Nigeria is launching a new research project on the religious architectural heritage of Ibadan. Drawing from the fields of Digital Humanities, Architecture and the Socio-anthropology of religion, the objective is to map out, research and analyse the rich history and diverse aesthetics of all religious buildings in the capital of Oyo State

A workshop gathering academics and professionals with a specific interest in the project will take place on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 October 2022 at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan. The objective is to sum-up the existing research and literature on the topic and map out key future topics of research and engagement. Click to know more about the programme and RSVP.


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Day 1 (Wednesday 19 October)

2-2.30pm : arrival of participants 

2.30-3pm : introduction 

  • Dr Barbara Morovich, director of IFRA-Nigeria
  • Dr Cyrielle Maingraud-Martinaud, deputy director of IFRA-Nigeria and scientific coordinator of the project

3-4pm : guest lecture : Prof Cordelia Osasona (Obafemi Awolowo University) : “The Church As “Building” : Historical Context, Liturgy & Form”

4-4.30pm : tea break


4.30-5.30pm : Panel 1 : Documenting a changing religious architectural aesthetics

  • Dr Sogbesan Oluwatoyin (ÀṢÀ Heritage Africa Foundation / Ajayi Crowther University) : “Preserving the Past: the case of Hinderer House at Kudeti, Ibadan”
  • Ogunmakinju Olajide (Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan) : “Sacred Spaces and Belief, Self-Perception, and Experience”

Moderator : Dr Cyrielle Maingraud-Martinaud (IFRA-Nigeria)


Day 2 (Thursday 20 October)

9-9.30am : arrival of participants

9.30-10am: discussion


10-11am : Panel 2 : Conservation, religion and palaces in Ibadan

  • Gbadamosi June (Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan) : “Perspectives of a tourist on the religious architectural heritage of Irefin Palace in Ibadan”
  • Prof Kolawole Adekola (Department of Archeology and Anthropology, University of Ibadan) : “Preserving the Religious Architectural heritage of Yoruba Palaces, a case study of selected palaces in Ibadan”

moderator : Prof Cordelia Osasona (OAU) 

11-11.30am : tea break


11.30am-12.30pm : Panel 3 : Documenting the heritage of Demas Nwoko in Ibadan 

  • Lloyd Martin (LM Architectural Designer) : “New Culture Studio, The Architecture of Demas Nwoko”
  • Rev. Fr. Francis Chiadi, OP (Dominican University, Samonda Campus / Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan) : “The Dominican Chapel : a prominent religious architectural heritage in Ibadan”

moderator : Dr Barbara Morovich (IFRA-Nigeria)


12.30-1pm : discussion 

1-2pm : lunch break


2-3pm : Panel 4 : Studying religious spaces with digital methods 

  • Deng Zheyuan (Department of Religion, University of Florida) : "'The Spirit of Place' and Everyday Religion: A case study on the Yidi Praying Ground, Ibadan”
  • Toyin Ajose (Department of Music, University of Ibadan) : “Sounding Religious Architecture: Disruptions and Continuities in the Soundscape of Chapel of the Resurrection, University of Ibadan, Nigeria”

 moderator : Dr Cyrielle Maingraud-Martinaud (IFRA-Nigeria)


3-4pm : closing discussion

4-6pm : guided visit of the Dominican Chapel


Project Team :

  • Dr Cyrielle Maingraud-Martinaud (IFRA-Nigeria) : Scientific Coordinator
  • Prof Cordelia Osasona (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife) : Senior Research Associate
  • Chimaroke Kenneth Uwamanze : Project Coordinator


Organised by IFRA-Nigeria with the support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 


Tags: Religion, Ibadan, digital humanities, architecture

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