Ernest Sewordor

ernest.sewordor@unibas.ch

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Ernest Sewordor is one of three Ph.D. candidates researching on an SNF-funded project titled ‘How Infrastructure Shaped Territory in Africa’. He holds an M.Phil. degree in History, earned from the University of Ghana in 2017. His academic interests broadly hinge on urban and architectural history and has previously researched Basel Mission encounters in the Gold Coast/Ghana in changing contexts to demonstrate how missionary activities shaped urban space through the invention of separatist Christian enclaves. This is evident in his master’s thesis titled ‘The Basel Mission and the Establishment of a “Model Town” in Ghana—The Case of Abokobi, 1854—1926’. Throughout his master’s degree studies, he was a grant recipient from the Adjaye Endowment Scholarships in History. From 2015 to 2017, Ernest held Graduate and Teaching Assistant responsibilities in the Department of History and University Studies Abroad Consortium respectively (both in the University of Ghana) and actively worked with Professors Robert Addo Fening (retired Prof. of History, University of Ghana) and Jesse Weaver Shipley (Prof. of African and African American History, Dartmouth College, U.S.A.), among others, as a Research Assistant. These experiences foregrounded his exposure into professional academic circles. As a young scholar, Mr. Sewordor presented his first international conference paper at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana (Jan. 2018). His paper—under review as a chapter in a book publication following the conference—focused on urban violence in 1948 Accra by decoding evidence from a map and photographs to question formalized narratives that forgets ordinary colonial subjects whose agency contested the legitimacy of British colonial rule. Similarly, he expects to appear in the Journal of West African History soon.