Dr. Patrick Oloko is a specialist in African Postcolonial literature, Gender and Cultural Studies. He attended the University of Calabar and obtained the B.A. in English and Literary Studies (1991) and did graduate studies at the University of Lagos for the MA (1995) and Ph.D (2003). His interest in gender studies is centred on analysing how ideology and aesthetics converge in the creative productions of female writers of feminist orientations. Within this framework, he reads women’s writing to understand how the productions figure within the overall aesthetics and infrastructure of the novel as a genre of literature.
Dr. Oloko engages with materials in a broad range of interdisciplinary research. The ways that written and oral literatures, the plastic, performance and verbal arts dovetail into one another within the spectrum of the narrative is only becoming clearer as artists and writers reshape their techniques to meet new tastes and thirst. His research in this direction is geared towards understanding the complementarities of forms and the intrinsic and extrinsic exchanges and undercurrents shaping their dynamic frames.
He has served as Regional Coordinator (RC), heading the Lagos team on the European Research Council (ERC) research project, The Cultural Politics of Dirt in Africa:1880-Present, in which the Universities of Lagos, Sussex and Kenyatta collaborated from2013-2016. He was co-recipient (along with Ute Roeschenthaler of the University of Frankfurt, Alessandro Jedlowski of University of Rome and Ibrahima Wane, of Cheikh Anta Diop University, Senegal) of the Point Sud/German Research Council Award to conduct a workshop in Burkina Faso
BA,1991 English and Literary Studies (Calabar), MA,1995 English, 1995 (Lagos), Ph.D, 2003, English (Lagos).
1. European Research Council (ERC) Grant (2013: 2.2 Million Euros) (With Prof. Stephanie Newell as Principal Investigator)
2. Yale University Research Grant (2016: $140,000) (With Prof. Stephanie Newell as Principal Investigator)
3. British Academy Travel Grant (September 2018)
4. Resident Writer, Rhodes University Artist and Writer (RAW) Residency (2018)
5. Cadbury Visiting Fellowship (2010)
6. Cluster of Excellence Research Fellowship, University of Frankfurt,( 2010 ).
7. Point Sud/German Research Council Grant (2013)