Institute of African Studies

The pictures were taken by myself and my colleague Adel al-Qattan
specifically for the online exhibition at the Heritage Museum in the Kuwait
National Museum.

The floorplan was adapted from a simple prototypical house that we have
changed a little. Basically we took the floorplan of a house and changed it
very minimally so that we can make it in to a typical traditional house of
the 1930's.

Institute of African Studies

The Institute of African Studies was established in 1961 as a semi-autonomous Institute within the University of Ghana, and formally opened in October 1963 by the first President of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah. The mandate of the Institute is to conduct research and teaching on the peoples and cultural heritage of Africa and to disseminate the findings. In addition, the Institute has always emphasized publishing and teaching, particularly at the post-graduate level. At the time of its establishment the notion of Pan-Africanism and nationalism were unquestioned in the academy. The study of Africa and her peoples, both on the continent and in the Diaspora, was considered critical and was pursued with passion. Over the years the Institute has grown to host several units, and today, its teaching and research units include Societies & Cultures; Language & Literature; Religion & Philosophy; Music & Dance; History & Politics; and Visual Art. Additionally we have a library, a Publications section, a Museum, a Dance Ensemble, an Audiovisual Laboratory and a unique Audio-visual Archive (Now named J. H. Kwabena Nketia Archives), that includes the holdings of the International Centre for African Music and Dance(ICAMD) inherited from Emeritus Professor J.H. Kwabena Nketia, and which currently has a sound and image collection of about 18,000 items.

Additional Note:
Please note that Ford Foundation and Rockefeller gave funds for Prof. Nketia to set up the International Centre for African Music and Dance from which most of the sound and image heritage emerged. Again Aluka also gave funds to the Institute of African Studies which now houses the archive to digitize its photographs.