Blog entries from: Africa Past & Present

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October 22 2014

From Africa Past & Present Wed Oct 22 2014, 13:02:10

Pius Adesanmi (Carleton University) on African literatures, public intellectuals, Sahara Reporters blog, social media and postcolonial writing, Yoruba and Anglophone literatures, 'imposed transnationalism' in the African literature classroom and 'What is Africa to me'? Photo courtesy of Pius Adesanmi

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September 29 2014

From Africa Past & Present Mon Sep 29 2014, 10:22:43

Brett O'Bannon (Political Science, Director of Conflict Studies, De Pauw University) on the causes and consequences of civil war in Côte d'Ivoire; the "Responsibility to Protect" as applied to conflict in Africa ; and monitoring herder-farmer relations in Senegal to anticipate the onset of wider-scale warfare.

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May 14 2014

From Africa Past & Present Wed May 14 2014, 09:36:45

Denis Goldberg reflects on his activism, hardships in prison, and the highs and lows of the antiapartheid movement. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1963 in South Africa's Rivonia trial with Mandela and other leaders. He served 22 years in an apartheid prison. Goldberg's autobiography is titled The Mission: A Life for Freedom in [...]

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March 31 2014

From Africa Past & Present Mon Mar 31 2014, 17:15:14

Dr. Chima Korieh (History, Marquette) on Nigerian experiences on the African homefront during World War II, agriculture and social change in the colonial era, the Biafran War and the politics of memory, and Igbo identity.  The interview closes with a discussion of endangered archives in postcolonial Nigeria.

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February 25 2014

From Africa Past & Present Tue Feb 25 2014, 08:49:03

David Eltis, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of History at Emory University, on the making of the Transatlantic Slave Trade database,  a landmark collaborative digital project he has co-edited for two decades. Eltis discusses the research process, online dissemination, and new directions for the initiative. This is the second part of a two-part series recorded at [...]

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January 20 2014

From Africa Past & Present Mon Jan 20 2014, 14:14:14

Paul Lovejoy, Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History at York University, discusses building an international database of biographical information on all enslaved Africans. He outlines this digital history project's contribution to the study of slavery, race, and broader themes in global history. This is the first part of a two-part series recorded at the [...]

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December 5 2013

From Africa Past & Present Thu Dec 5 2013, 14:49:57

David Gordon (Bowdoin, History) on his recent book Invisible Agents: Spirits in a Central African History. Gordon explores how and why spirits and discourses about spirits inspired social movements and influenced historical change, from precolonial Bemba chieftaincies and 1930s Watchtower millenarianism to the postcolonial state's humanism and Pentecostalism under Kaunda and Chiluba, respectively. Gordon closes [...]

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November 19 2013

From Africa Past & Present Tue Nov 19 2013, 10:54:46

Barry Gilder, South African folk singer and ex-ANC intelligence operative, is the author of Songs and Secrets: South Africa from Liberation to Governance. In the interview, he reflects on freedom songs, exile, and armed struggle. Gilder performs his "Matola Song," about a friend killed by an apartheid death squad.  He ends with thoughts on democratic [...]

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November 5 2013

From Africa Past & Present Tue Nov 5 2013, 11:19:25

David Killingray (Emeritus, Goldsmiths College, U. of London) on the often-neglected role of African travelers and intermediaries in 19th-century Africa; black writers and activists in Victorian Britain; and the significance of documenting lived experiences of Africans to better understand processes of historical change.    

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