Prosper Tsikata


  CTCL 312

“The colonization of experience was judged worth the cure, or the attempted cure. But illnesses have shifted from acute to the chronic, and self-awareness has shifted. The post-colonial ill person, living with illness for the long term, wants his/her own suffering recognized in its individual particularity; reclaiming is the relevant postmodern phrase.” Arthur W. Frank

My scholarship is primarily rooted in critical health narrative. While the word critical in the academy arouses apprehension among individuals who consider it as a ‘demolishing’ exercise perpetually aimed at the works of others and mostly policy, mine is typically an exercise aimed at deconstruction, reclamation, and restoration. For that, I bestride the modernist and the poststructuralist dichotomies of understanding health and healing. Consequently, my scholastic persuasion is underpinned by the relentless pursuit to interrogate the totalizing reduction of health and healing to Parsons’s sick role and medicine’s general view, with stringent clinical governance of health and healing. If the annexation of experience and understanding of the human body were profoundly rooted in modernist ideologies of medicine, understanding of infirmities and the human body have shifted considerably towards the postmodern. Hence, I thread the delicate line of interrogating and challenging the dominant health discourse without losing sight of the productive anchorage of modern medicine.

Between graduating from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana with a B.A. (Arts) degree in 2001 and beginning a Ph.D. in 2011, I earned master’s degrees in Applied Social Research, Journalism, International Affairs, and Health Communication in the United Kingdom and the United States.

I also hold a very diverse portfolio of job experiences in the United States, England, and Ghana. In Ghana, I taught for five years with the Ghana Education Service. I also had a stint with the Community School Alliance (CSA) program as a Community Mobilization Officer in charge of Research on a USAID sponsored project. In England, I worked with the development organization, Humber All Nations Alliance in Hull, as a Youth Development Officer between 2005 and 2006.

I interned with the United Nations Organization at its headquarters in New York, led a section of the National Youth Leader Forum on Medicine as a Faculty Adviser and also worked with the Global Young Leaders program as a Scholar Relations Adviser, all in the United States.

Between April 2011 and August 2011, I was an adjunct professor at the African University College of Communication in Ghana, where I taught causes in development theory, communication and development, and supervised undergraduate project work. I have been teaching Public Speaking and Argumentation at the Ohio University since 2011.

My hobbies in preferential order are music, international politics, and reading.

Current Research Interest: Interrogating the Rhetorical Underpinnings of Claim of Cure for HIV/AIDS by some African Leaders, the role of the United Nations in such matters, and the consequences of these claims on People living with HIV/AIDS.