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 PROFILE

* Senior Lectuer * Historian/Cultural and Tourism Consultant

* Tel.:   +233 3220  60182; +233 20 818 5424

* Fax:   +233 3220 60137

* E-mail: wjdonkoh@yahoo.com                                   

EDUCATION

* PhD in African Studies, 1995, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

* M.Soc.Sc. in African Studies, 1990, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom * B.A. Social Sciences, 1978, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (then University of   Science and Technology) Kumasi, Ghana AREAS OF INTEREST

African History, Culture, Economic and Social History of  Ghana History the Diaspora Traditional  Governance Subjects taught from 1979 to date

History of Christianity in Ghana

Introduction to the History of Africa

History of the African Diaspora

History of Christianity in Asante

Economic and Social History of Ghana

Intellectual History

Research Methods

Contemporary Problems in African History

History of Science and Technology

History of East Africa

History of Central and Southern Africa

History of Political Thought

History of Ghana

History of Europe

Introduction to Historical Studies

History of Africa

Economic and Social History of West Africa RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS

Areas of Research

a. Cultural Perspectives on Modernity in Asante: The Role of Personalities

b. The Methodist Church in Asante

c. Historical literature for Children

d. Traditional Authority and Development;

e. Packaging Historical and Cultural Information as Tourist Products

f. Slavery

Details of Research or Projects Undertaken since 2000

  1. Slavery and Heritage Project, 2009 to the present
  2. Urbanization and Modernity Project, 2003-2010
  3. Socio-cultural Perspectives on Tradition and Modernity Project, 1995-2010
  4. History of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Project, 2001-2004
  5. Cultural Heritage Assets Inventory: Promoting Partnerships with Traditional Authorities Project, 2003-2004
  6. Traditional Leadership Determinants of Social Policy Reform in West and Southern Africa: Traditional Authority Applied Research Network (TAARN), 1999-2004
  7. Culture and Tourism Project, 2000-2004
  8. Women in Leadership Project, 2000-2004
  9. The History and Record Management Project of the Methodist Church in Asante, 1995-2010
  10. Historical Literature for Children, 1997-2004

Publications Arising out of Research:

  1. Dodoo, Vincent and Wilhelmina J. Donkoh. 2013. Nationality and the Pan African State. In Pan Africanism and Politics of African Citizenship and Identity, edited by Kwame Essien, London: Routledge Taylor and Francis.
  2. Donkoh, Wilhelmina. 2012. From Colony to Continental Leader. In Histories of Nations: How their Identities was were Forged, edited by Peter Furtado. London: Thames and Hudson Ltd., 232-239
  3. Nyaaba, Ali Yakubu, Wilhelmina Donkoh and Nana Sampson Edusah. 2011. Manipulations of the Chieftaincy Institution in Northern Ghana from 1900-1951: A case study of Navrongo. In Distance Forum: “A Multidisciplinary Book of Scholarly Articles” edited by Eric Sakyi Nketiah. Bloomington, Indiana: Author House, 38-50.
  4. Donkoh, W. J., A.A.A. Perbi and Kuusaana, M.M. Kuusaana. 2011. The Impact of Labour Plicy on Female Migration from Northern Ghana to Asante. . In Distance Forum: “A Multidisciplinary Book of Scholarly Articles” edited by Eric Sakyi Nketiah. Bloomington, Indiana: Author House, 64-73.
  5. Donkoh, Wilhelmina. J. 2011. Traditional Rulers as Partners in Education and Health Delivery. In Re-inventing African Chieftaincy in the Age of Aids, Gender and Development, edited by D.I. Ray, Tim Quinlan, Keshlav Sharma, and Tasita A.O. Clarke. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 61-87.
  6. Donkoh, Wilhelmina J. 2011 The Development and HIV/AIDS-fighting Roles of Traditional Rulers: Agency of Festivals. In Re-inventing African Chieftaincy in the Age of Aids, Gender and Development, edited by D.I Ray, Tim Quinlan, Keshlav Sharma, and Tasita A.O. Clarke. Calgary: University of Calgary Press. 121-147.
  7. Donkoh, Wilhelmina J. 2009 Female Leadership among the Asante. In Societies of Peace: Matriarchies Past, Present and Future, edited by Toronto.
  8. Donkoh, Wilhelmina J. 2007. Legacies of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in Ghana: Definitions, Understanding and Perceptions. In The Transatlantic Slave Trade: Landmarks, Legacies, Expectations, edited by James Kwesi Anquandah. Accra: Sub-Sahara Publishers, 2007.
  9. Donkoh, Wilhelmina J. 2006. Kumase: A Modern City of Historic Importance. In Encyclopedia of African History, edited by Kevin Shillington. London, 780-781, 2006.
  10. Donkoh, Wilhelmina J. 2006. Clothing and Cultural Change. In Encyclopedia of African History, edited by Kevin Shillington. London, 250-251.
  11. Donkoh, Wilhelmina J. (2004). Kumase: Ambience of Urbanity, Tradition and Modernity”, Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana, New Series, No. 8.
  12. Donkoh, W.J. 2005. Traditional ‘Wisdom’ and Modernity in Ghana. In ‘The Traditional’ and the ‘Modern’ in West African (Ghanaian) History case studies on co-existence and interaction, edited by Per Hernæs. Trondheim: Trondheim Studies in History, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 197-213.
  13. Donkoh, W.J. (2004) Kumase: Ambience of Urbanity, Tradition and Modernity. Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana New Series, 8, 167-183.
  14. Donkoh, W.J. (2004) Book Review, Yaa Asantewaa and the British War of 1900-1. Edited with Editor’s Note by Emmanuel Akyeampong. A. Adu Boahen. Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers; Oxford: James Currey, 2003. Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana, New Series, 8, 276-280.
  15. Donkoh, W.J. (2001) Yaa Asantewaa; A Role Model for African Womanhood in the New Millennium, Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. hhtp://www.jendajournal.com/jenda//vol 1.1/Donkoh.html, 2001.
  16. Donkoh, W.J. and K.A. Britwum. 2000 Baafour Osei Akoto: A Biographical Sketch. Kumasi.
  17. Donkoh, Wilhelmina J. and F. Dadson, 2000. The Just King (The Story of Osei Tutu Kwame Asibe Bonsu). Accra: Woeli Publications.
  18. Donkoh, Wilhelmina J. (1994). Colonialism and Cultural Change: Some Aspects of the Impact of Modernity upon Asante. Centre for West African Studies (CWAS), University of Birmingham: PhD Thesis.
  19. Donkoh, Wilhelmina J. (1990). Rev. N.V. Asare’s A History of Asante in Tshi [From Earliest Times to 1915]: A Translation with Introduction, CWAS, University of Birmingham, M.Soc.Sc Thesis.

 

Administrative Positions

i.                    Vice Dean, Faculty of Social Science, 2009-2011

ii.                  Head, Department of History and Political Studies, 2006-2011

iii.                Coordinator, Intra-College Seminar, College of Art and Social Sciences, 2006-2011

iv.                Academic Tutor, Faculty of Social Sciences, 1998-2011

v.                  Headship of History Section, Department of General and African Studies, 29th July 1987-September 1989; 1998-February 2001; October 2003-2006

vi.                Departmental Examinations and Time Table Officer, 14th November 1996-2001.

vii.              Tutor, Queen Elizabeth II Hall, 1995-August 1998

 Conferences Attended

i.               The University of Texas 2013 Africa Conference, University of Texas at Austin, 29th-31st March 2013. “Indigenous and Syncretic Beliefs as Expressions of Power and Authority: a study of the Musama Disco Christo Church of Ghana,” paper to be presented at University of Texas, Austin.

ii.            2nd Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC2), 21st-24th September, 2012 . “Nkrumah and his ‘Chicks’: an examination of women and organizational strategies of the CPP”, Paper presented on 22ndSeptember 2012 at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.

iii.                The University of Texas 2012 Africa Conference, University of Texas at Austin, 30th March-1st April 2012. “Diet, Disease, and Poverty in Three Urban Centres in Ghana (1945-1990),” paper presented on 31st March 2012 at the University of Texas, Austin,

iv.               The University of Texas 2011 Africa Conference, University of Texas at Austin, 25th-27th March 2011. “Nationality and the Pan African State,” paper presented on 26th March 2011 at the University of Texas, Austin.

v.                 Historical Society of Ghana Roundtable Conferences on the theme “Ghana @ 50, Interrogating the Past: Shaping the Future”. 2006-2007

vi.       Conference of the African Studies Association, Chicago, November 2008. “Ghana @ 50, The Politics of a Celebration” Paper presented on 2008

vii.             The International Conference on the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Accra 30th August-2nd September 2004. “Legacies of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in Ghana: Definitions, Understanding and Perceptions”. Paper presented on 31st August 2004 at Organization of African Association of Trade Unions Conference Centre, Accra

viii.       Conference of the Historical Society of Ghana, Accra, 14th-17th July 2004 “Kumase: Ambience of Urbanity, Tradition and Modernity” Paper presented on 15th July 2004

ix.           Conference on the Role of Tradition and Modernity in African Political Cultures and Urban Conflict: The Case of Ghana in Comparative Perspective (Copenhagen, Centre for African Studies, 29th April-1st May 2004). “Traditional ‘Wisdom’ and Modernity in Ghana”.

x.              Emancipation Day Public Lectures, 4th-9th June 2004. “The Relevance of Emancipation Day in the Socio-economic Development of Ghana” Paper presented at Kumasi Technical Institute on 9th June 2004

xi.              Workshop on Improved Pedagogy and Research Proposal Writing, organized by the Quality Assurance Unit of the Vice Chancellor’s office, 9th-13th February 2004.

xii.              International Conference on Women Empowerment and Leadership, National Theatre, Accra, 10th-13thDecember 2003. “Women in Leadership: the Role of Queenmothers”, Paper presented at the National Theatre, Accra, 11th December 2003.

xiii.          Religio-historical Festival and Tourism Initiative Programme of the Methodist Church Ghana (Methofest), Kwaku Duah I House, Kumasi, 13th-17th August 2003 “A Healthy Church for National Reconstruction: The Role of Religious Tourism”, Keynote address delivered at Methofest, 14th August 2003

xiv.            Conference of the Historical Society of Ghana, Accra, 14th-17th July 2003 “The Voice and Times of Baafour Osei Akoto” Paper presented at Institute of African Studies, Legon on 16th July 2003

xv.        University of Georgia Summer-in-Ghana Study Abroad Program, 17th-20th June 2003 “The Asante Factor in Ghanaian History and the Construction Cultural Identity”, Paper presented at the Centre of African Studies and Culture, KNUST, Kumasi, 18th June 2003.

xvi.       College Consortium for International Studies and Ocean County College Professional Development Seminar, 3rd-14th January 2003 “The Asante Factor in Ghanaian History and Cultural Identity”, Paper presented at the National Commission of Culture, Kumasi, 8th January 2003.

xvii.        Friends World Program for Students of Long Island University, 2001-2002 Academic Year “Survey of Ghana’s History from earliest times to the present”.

xviii.   History, Archives and Library Workshop, Freeman Leadership Centre, Kumasi, 14th-16th March 2001 “The Significance of Good Record Management in Historical Reconstruction” Paper presented on 15th March 2001.

xix.          African Studies Association Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, 16th-19th November 2000.  “Yaa Asantewaa; A Role Model for African Womanhood in the New Millennium”, Keynote address presented at the Women’s Caucus Luncheon of the African Studies Association Annual Confer

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