Research Africa News: December 16th , 2020 

Research Africa News: December 16th , 2020 


Decolonizing Islamic Art in Africa, Edited Volume 

CFP: Decolonizing Islamic Art in Africa, Edited Volume

Type: Call for Papers

Date: January 15, 2021

Subject Fields: African History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Architecture and Architectural History, Black History / Studies, Islamic History / Studies


This publication examines the status of Muslim visual and expressive cultures in the wake of decolonization in Africa.  It asks, in the years leading up to and following struggles for independence from colonial regimes across the continent, how was “Islamic art” mobilized, interpreted, transformed, or even erased in relation to projects of nation-building and in the context of new cultural and religious identities emerging across Africa and its diasporas?  It will consider the different strategies through which diverse actors–political leaders, architects, artists, museum curators, members of local religious communities, and others–approached the social and conceptual structures upheld by previous colonial regimes and explore the consequences of such processes of negotiation for the visual, spatial, and intellectual parameters framing Muslim institutions, practices, and cultural works in “postcolonial” Africa.


Will China move Africa up from the end of coronavirus vaccine queue? 

In previous pandemics African countries have had to wait for vaccinations and analysts fear it could happen again Many are banking on Covax, while Beijing has also said it will make its vaccines available as a ‘public good’

By Jevans Nyabiage, 28 Nov, 2020 


African countries are expected to be last in the queue for Covid-19 vaccinations, complicating the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic. With encouraging results from late-stage trials for several candidates, attention is turning to the distribution of billions of doses around the world, and there are concerns most African countries will be left to the mercy of rich nations in the race for access to affordable vaccines.

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War ravaged home

By Samuel Getachew, 8 June 2019

There is no place that is as humbling as Badme. It is hard to imagine the many thousands that have died for it fighting in one of the world’s bloodiest wars. There are few that live here and many are entering the uncertain prospect of joining Eritrea with no local input.

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A curator’s museum is filled with looted African art. Now he wants it returned CNN, 3rd December 2020


The Kingdom of Benin took centuries to build and just a few days to raze to the ground. In February 1897, British forces stormed the ancient kingdom’s capital city with rockets, shells and Maxim guns capable of firing 600 rounds per minute. A flotilla of warships joined the assault from adjacent waterways. Benin’s defenders, fighting with blades and muskets, were swiftly massacred. The British burned the city and built a golf course on the ruins.

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The English Translation of Eritrean Novelist Haji Jabir’s Black Foam is Set for 2021  

By CHUKWUEBUKA IBEH November 18, 2020


Black Foam by Eritrean novelist Haji Jabir is finally going to be available in English. The novel, which explores the experiences of Ethiopian Jewish immigrants in Israel, is set for a 2021 release through Amazon Publishing.


Eritrean-born Jabir is the author of four novels. Black Foam, which is being translated in English, was published in 2018 and longlisted for the International Prize for Arab Fiction, one of the most prestigious prizes for fiction in Arabic

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NEW BOOKS          كتب جديدة


For a Pragmatics of the Useless 

[نحو تفعيل المهدورين] 

Author: Erin Manning


What has a use in the future, unforeseeably, is radically useless now. What has an effect now is not necessarily useful if it falls through the gaps. In For a Pragmatics of the Useless Erin Manning examines what falls outside the purview of already-known functions and established standards of value, not for want of potential but for carrying an excess of it. The figures are various: the infrathin, the artful, proprioceptive tactility, neurodiversity, black life. It is around the latter two that a central refrain echoes: “All black life is neurodiverse life.” This is not an equation, but an “approximation of proximity.” Manning shows how neurotypicality and whiteness combine to form a normative baseline for existence.

Publisher: Duke University Press.


Egypt’s Occupation: Colonial Economism and the Crises of Capitalism  

[احتلال مصر: الاقتصاد الاستعماري وأزمات الرأسمالية] 

Author: Aaron Jakes


The history of capitalism in Egypt has long been synonymous with cotton cultivation and dependent development. From this perspective, the British occupation of 1882 merely sealed the country’s fate as a vast plantation for European textile mills. All but obscured in such accounts, however, is Egypt’s emergence as a colonial laboratory for financial investment and experimentation. Egypt’s Occupation tells for the first time the story of that financial expansion and the devastating crises that followed.

Publisher: Stanford University Press, 2020.


La politique africaine du Maroc: Identité de rôle et projection de puissance Series: Studies in the History and Society of the Maghrib, Volume: 12  

[سياسات المغرب في أفريقيا]

Author: Yousra Abourabi 


Since the advent of the reign of Mohammed VI in 1999, Morocco has deployed a new continental foreign policy. The Kingdom aspires to be recognized as an emerging African power in its identity as well as in its space of projection. In order to meet these ambitions, the diplomatic apparatus is developing and modernizing, while a singular role identity is emerging around the notion of the “golden mean”. This study presents, on an empirical level, the conditions of the elaboration and conduct of this African policy, and analyzes, on a theoretical level, the evolution of the Moroccan role identity in the international system.

Publisher: Brill, 2020.


The Transformative Power of Language: From Postcolonial to Knowledge Societies in Africa.  

[القوة التأثيرية للغة: من مجتمعات ما بعد الكولونيالية إلى مجتمعات المعرفة في إفريقيا] 

Author/ (Editors): Kaschula, Russell H. and H. Ekkehard Wolff.


The German/South-African team of co-editors has brought together contributions by 27 academics all from Southern Africa in order to shed light on the issue of language choice for transformation and (mental) decolonization in postcolonial Africa, thereby mirroring ongoing interdisciplinary discourse in the wake of #RhodesMust Fall (2015) on South African university campuses. The book addresses the need of and some relevant (pre-) conditions for transforming postcolonial societies in Africa into globally competitive knowledge societies and achieving full mental decolonisation. Such transformation poses challenges for education and academic research – in particular with regard to higher education and to the benefit of knowledge production. This implies provisions and applications of human language technology devices in the service of mass education and lifelong education. It also refers to academic research in general under the new umbrella of digital humanities. One of the key issues in such transformation is language, more specifically the recognition of multilingualism as resource rather than barrier to sociocultural modernisation and economic progress.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2020.


Great Zimbabwe: Reclaiming a ‘Confiscated’ Past

[عن زيمبابوي العظمى: نحو استعادة الماضي المغصوب] 

Author: Shadreck Chirikure


It combines archaeological knowledge, including recent material from the author’s excavations, with native concepts and philosophies. Working from a large data set has made it possible, for the first time, to develop an archaeology of Great Zimbabwe that is informed by finds and observations from the entire site and wider landscape. In so doing, the book strongly contributes towards decolonising African and world archaeology. Written in an accessible manner, the book is aimed at undergraduate students, graduate students, and practicing archaeologists both in Africa and across the globe. 

Publisher: Routledge, 2020.


Neither Settler nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities   

 [ليسوا بمستوطنين ولا بأبناء البلد الأصليين: جدليات تاريخية في ظهور مفهوم الأقليات الحديثة ] 

Author: Mahmood Mamdani


In this genealogy of political modernity, Mahmood Mamdani argues that the nation-state and the colonial state created each other. In case after case around the globe—from the New World to South Africa, Israel to Germany to Sudan—the colonial state and the nation-state have been mutually constructed through the politicization of a religious or ethnic majority at the expense of an equally manufactured minority. The model emerged in North America, where genocide and internment on reservations created both a permanent native underclass and the physical and ideological spaces in which new immigrant identities crystallized as a settler nation. In Europe, this template would be used by the Nazis to address the Jewish Question, and after the fall of the Third Reich, by the Allies to redraw the boundaries of Eastern Europe’s nation-states, cleansing them of their minorities. After Nuremberg the template was used to preserve the idea of the Jews as a separate nation. By establishing Israel through the minoritization of Palestinian Arabs, Zionist settlers followed the North American example. The result has been another cycle of violence. Neither Settler nor Native offers a vision for arresting this historical process. Mamdani rejects the “criminal” solution attempted at Nuremberg, which held individual perpetrators responsible without questioning Nazism as a political project and thus the violence of the nation-state itself. Instead, political violence demands political solutions: not criminal justice for perpetrators but a rethinking of the political community for all survivors—victims, perpetrators, bystanders, beneficiaries—based on common residence and the commitment to build a common future without the permanent political identities of settler and native. Mamdani points to the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa as an unfinished project, seeking a state without a nation.

Publisher: Harvard University Press, 2020.


Vénus Noire: Black Women and Colonial Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century France 

[النساء السوداوات وأوهام الاستعمار في فرنسا أثناء القرن التاسع عشر] 

Author: Robin Mitchell


The book looks at the French appropriation and production of Black female bodies and attempts to show how these symbolic bodies helped French writers and artists talk about the nation’s defeat by what would become known as Haiti— and I am thankful all the reviewers highlighted this point. This defeat, represented as a white male loss (based on the rather maddening tendency to see Revolution as an overwhelmingly masculine space), helped fuel certain types of colonial fantasies about a colony lost, and helped white French men and women imagine a new identity after the Revolution’s end. I explain that “[t]he discursive presence of Black women in nineteenth-century France—how they were seen, perceived, produced, and represented—suggests that French elites were deeply unsettled by the Haitian Revolution and that this disturbance contributed to an unclaimed and ignored radicalized national identity” (p.11).

Publisher: University of Georgia Press, 2020.

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Research Africa News: December 2nd, 2020

Research Africa News: December 2nd, 2020


Diego Maradona: Comrade of the Global South


As much as for his genius with the soccer ball, he will be remembered for his willingness to fight power and be a voice for the voiceless.

By Dave Zirin, 11/ 24/ 2020


The world mourns today the passing of Diego Maradona, the soccer god and revolutionary from Argentina whose play inspired all manner of poetry and prose. The best description of Maradona’s abilities came from the late Eduardo Galeano, who wrote of Maradona in his book

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Destination wonder: a journey through Ghana’s feelgood fashion world

By Chidozie Obasi


Against the backdrop of West Africa’s heritage, Ghana’s fashion scene is culturally rich and diverse. Nestling between Togo and Ivory Coast, it oozes with vital energy. It was once home to the celebrated Yaa Asantewaa, queen mother of the Edweso tribe of the Asante (Ashanti). As Ghana’s history continues to unfold, its precolonial past has woven its essence into the work of its modern artists. Today’s generation of designers explores the depths of the nation’s heritage, without trivialising its value. Through experimentation and by devoting their tradition to the streets of Accra, young designers are bringing Ghana’s colourful culture into sharp focus.

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By Arne Gillis / MO*02/11/2020


In 2020, locking up opposition members and forging ballot papers is passé for dictators. A better strategy is to call in PR companies to boost the reputation of your state abroad. This investigation shows how Cameroonian President Paul Biya uses American companies for that purpose, paid for by the tax money of his own citizens.

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BEAUFORT, N.C. – Before deep-sea mining begins on the seafloor in international waters of the Atlantic Basin, a group of scholars is suggesting that a portion of the seabed be marked on maps and charts as a virtual memorial to the estimated 1.8 million Africans who lost their lives at sea during the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the 11 million who completed the voyage and were sold into slavery.

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The Ethical, Epistemological, and Conceptual Need to Resume Fieldwork For the “Covid-19 and the Social Sciences” series, Adam Baczko and Gilles Dorronsoro argue for the necessity of resuming fieldwork.


They trace how subcontracting research or shifting to methodologies which are remote in time and space—solutions often touted in the pandemic age—in fact produce unreliable, exploitative, and undertheorized work incapable of accurately analyzing dynamic conditions on the ground. These transformations relate to broader research trends toward neoliberal privatization, and the authors outline how they can be resisted by returning, carefully, to the field.

By Adam Baczko and Gilles Dorronsoro November 19, 2020


The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has provided an additional justification—the protection of researchers and their interlocutors—for already existing but ethically, epistemologically, and politically problematic research practices. In fact, as Aymar Nyenyezi Bisoka and Kanisha D. Bond, Milli Lake and Sarah E. Parkinson rightly point out, the novel coronavirus only partially transforms the context for researchers (and individuals) already living in crisis contexts rife with other immediate risks.

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NEW BOOKS          كتب جديدة


Les Sénégalais de Boko Haram

[السنغاليون في جماعة بوكوحرام]

Author : Mamadou Mouth Bane


After a careful analysis of terrorism in the Sahel, this book presents the details of the interrogations of suspected Senegalese terrorists who are associated with Boko Haram. The book reveals news and facts that have not been published before because they fall under the secrecy of the investigation. The author reveals the process of recruiting candidates for Jihad, their motivations, the financing of their activities, their travels, their routes which led them to Northern Nigeria, and to the court of Aboubacar Shekau, at the head of Boko Haram. The author also addresses the approach of the Senegalese authorities in the fight against terrorism and suggest perspectives for a better management of this problem.

Publisher: Harmattan Sénégal, 2020.


Collected Poems

[مجموعة شعرية]

Author: Bernard Levinson


Poems from Bernard Levinson’s four published collections as well as a new unpublished collection are gathered together into one volume, Collected Poems. Those previously published collections are From Breakfast to Madness (Ravan Press 1974); Welcome to the Circus (Justified Press 1991); I See You (Southern College Publishers 2001) and I Dreamt I Was Flying (Nimrod Publishers 2007).

Publisher: Hands-On Books, South Africa, 2020.


The Pan-African Pantheon

[البانثيون الأفريقي]

Author/ (Editor): Adekeye Adebajo


This collection of lively biographical essays examines historical and contemporary Pan-Africanism as an ideology of emancipation and unity. The volume covers thirty-six major figures, including well-known Pan-Africanists such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Amy Ashwood Garvey, C.L.R. James, George Padmore, Kwame Nkrumah, Frantz Fanon, Steve Biko, and Thabo Mbeki, as well as popular figures not typically identified with mainstream Pan-Africanism such as Maya Angelou, Mariama Bâ, Buchi Emecheta, Miriam Makeba, Ruth First, Wangari Maathai, Wole Soyinka, Derek Walcott, V.Y. Mudimbe, Léopold Senghor, Malcolm X, Bob Marley, and Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. The book explores the history and pioneers of the movement; the quest for reparations; politicians; poets; activists, as well as Pan-Africanism in the social sciences, philosophy, literature, and its musical activists. With contributions from a diverse and prominent group of African, Caribbean, and African-American scholars, The Pan-African Pantheon is a comprehensive and diverse introductory reader for specialists and general readers alike.

Publisher: Manchester University Pres, 2021.


Sports in Africa, Past and Present

[الرياضة في أفريقيا: الماضي والحاضر]

Author/ (Editors): Todd Cleveland, Tarminder Kaur, and Gerard Akindes


Since the late nineteenth century, modern sports in Africa have both reflected and shaped cultural, social, political, economic, generational, and gender relations on the continent. Although colonial powers originally introduced European sports as a means of “civilizing” indigenous populations and upholding then current notions of racial hierarchies and “muscular Christianity,” Africans quickly appropriated these sporting practices to fulfill their own varied interests. This collection encompasses a wide range of topics, including women footballers in Nigeria, Kenya’s world-class long-distance runners, pitches and stadiums in communities large and small, fandom and pay-to-watch kiosks, the sporting diaspora, sports pedagogy, sports as resistance and as a means to forge identity, sports heritage, the impact of politics on sports, and sporting biography.

Publisher: Ohio University Press, 2020.


The Algerian War, The Algerian Revolution

[الحرب الجزائرية والثورة الجزائرية]

Author: Vince, Natalya

Examines how the most recent research has revisited key events of the Algerian War and brought forward new approaches and themes. Brings together an engaging account of its origins, course and legacies with an incisive analysis of how interpretations of the conflict have shifted and why it continues to provoke intense debate. Assesses the historiography of the end of a colonial empire, the rise of anti-colonial nationalism and their post-colonial aftermaths.

Publisher: Palgrave, 2020.


Africa Every Day Fun, Leisure, and Expressive Culture on the Continent

[الحياة اليومية في أفريقيا: المرح والترفيه وثقافة الكلمة في القارة الأفريقية]

Author: (Editors) Oluwakemi M. Balogun, Lisa Gilman, Melissa Graboyes, and Habib Iddrisu


Africa Every Day presents an exuberant, thoughtful, and necessary counterpoint to the prevailing emphasis in introductory African studies classes on war, poverty, corruption, disease, and human rights violations on the continent. These challenges are real and deserve sustained attention, but this volume shows that adverse conditions do not prevent people from making music, falling in love, playing sports, participating in festivals, writing blogs, telling jokes, making videos, playing games, eating delicious food, and finding pleasure in their daily lives.

Publisher: Ohio University Press, 2020.

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Research Africa News: October 14th, 2020 

Research Africa News: October 14th, 2020 


A Singaporean firm has become the go-to master planner for African cities 


Surbana Jurong has signed contracts to do city master plans in ten African countries. Why is the continent relying on outside firms to map its future?

By Robert Neuwirth 09 Oct 2020

In early September 2020, the municipality of Kigali in Rwanda released a new master plan to guide development for the coming 30 years. It is called “Kigali Yacu” – “Our Kigali” in Kinyarwanda. Despite the friendly local name, the plan for the country’s capital city was actually produced by a foreign entity: Surbana Jurong, a global firm owned by the government of Singapore that has emerged as a dominant force in city planning across Africa.

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Normalizing Sudan-Israel Relations Now is a Dangerous Game As Sudan is mentioned among the next states to normalize relations with Israel, concerns about what that would do to the democratic transition arise.  

Payton Knopf, Thursday, September 24, 2020 


With the UAE and Bahrain having joined Egypt and Jordan in declaring peace with Israel, those asking “who’s next?” often look enthusiastically westward, toward Khartoum. Adding new chapters to the Abraham Accords is in the U.S. interest, but so is a successful transition in Sudan. And the sequence of these steps is critical. 

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New find reveals grim truth of colonial Belgium’s ‘human zoos’ 

Antwerp exhibition tells of the lives and deaths of Congolese shipped over to be put on show in cities from 1885 to 1958


Two names stand out from the yellowing cemetery register: Sabo and Bitio, 24 and 20 years old, Described as “Congolanders” and buried in row 13, plot K of Kiel cemetery in Antwerp. The newly unearthed document, on show for the first time this weekend in an exhibition at Antwerp’s Museum aan de Stroom, has sparked renewed debate about how Belgium should come to terms with the darkest moments of a bloody colonial past – by shining a light on a long-forgotten tragedy.

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NEW BOOKS          كتب جديدة


Chadian Sister Engages Kansas City Youth About Peace and Justice: citoyenne du monde en construction à Kansas City

[فتاة من تشاد تحاور شباب مدينة كانساس الأمريكية حول مسائل  السلام والعدالة]

Author: Jeannette Nelkem Londadjim


A woman meets young people from various backgrounds – at a U.S. university. She is African, from Chad. The students, eager to learn about her life, ask probing questions. She tells them about the war, her flight, her refugee status, her experiences in West Africa and Algeria. In turn, she discovers that they are still exposed to racism in their country – an outrage compounded by the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. As an activist in residence, she dialogues with the students about their aspirations and encourages them to become artisans of peace and justice. We look forward, in turn, to the thoughts and writings of young people about the encounters shared here and the illustrations by a young Kenyan woman that accompany the essays.

Publisher: Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon, 2020.


Not My Time to Die 

[لم يحن بعد وقت مماتي] 

Author: Yolande Mukagasana


Yolande Mukagasana is a Rwandan nurse and mother of three children who likes wearing jeans and designer glasses. She runs her own clinic in Nyamirambo and is planning a party for her wedding anniversary. But when genocide starts everything changes. Targeted because she’s a successful woman and a Tutsi, she flees for her life. This gripping memoir describes the betrayal of friends and help that comes from surprising places. Quick-witted and courageous, Yolande never loses hope she will find her children alive.

Publisher: Huza Press, Rwanda, 2019.


Solidarity and Defiant Spirituality: Africana Lessons on Religion, Racism, and Ending Gender Violence 

[التضامن والروحانية: دروس أفريقية حول الدين والعنصرية وإنهاء العنف بين الجنسين] 

Author: Traci C. West


West traveled to Ghana, South Africa, and Brazil to interview activists involved in the struggle against gender violence. In each of these places, as in the United States, Christianity and anti-black racism have been implicated in violence against women. In Ghana and Brazil, in particular, their Christian colonial and trans-Atlantic slave trade histories directly connect with the socioeconomic development of the Americas and historic incidents of rape of black slave women. With a transnational focus on religion and racism, West brings a new perspective to efforts to systemically combat gender violence. Calling attention to forms of violence in the U.S. and international settings, such as marital rape, sex trafficking of women and girls, domestic violence, and the targeting of lesbians, the book offers an expansive and nuanced view of how to form activist solidarity in tackling this violence. It features bold and inspiring approaches by black women leaders working in each setting to uproot the myriad forms of violence against women and girls..

Publisher: New York University Press, 2020.


La Parole Chez les Seerer : Anthropologie et langage  

[الكلمة عند السيرير:اللغة والانتربولوجيا]

Author : A. Raphaël Ndiaye


This book defines speech from a viewpoint of the Seereer language in Senegal. It illustrates a set of common expressions and terminologies, analyzing their presentations as well as their morphosyntactic. It is a product of surveying Seereer’s communal life in four main sectors: working the land, fishing in the sea, raising cattle, and inter-individual relationships in society. The Seereer are in fact farmers, breeders, fishermen, hunters,. These life styles allows the author to follow them step by step to observe their speech patterns in all functions and social relationships.

Publisher: L’Harmattan, Senegal, 2020.


Zimbabwe Will Never be a Colony Again! Sanctions and Anti-Imperialist Struggles in Zimbabwe 

[لن تصبح زيمبابوي مستعمرة من جديد] 

Authors: Munoda Mararike


This is a thought-provoking original book, based on a wealth of empirical case studies of how Zimbabwe experienced illegal economic sanctions. It is a study of how the humanly constructed obstructions – from external remittances/finance flows into the country to finance embargos or total financial blockages – are deliberately created by so-called ‘powerful’ governments to deal with an ‘errand’ country. The book is an insightful contribution on Africa’s contemporary post-colonial liberation politics of development economics. It focuses on Zimbabwe as a synthesis of microcosmic study that provides accessible in-depth analysis of key aspects of sanctions as a weapon of control wielded by the so-called ‘powerful’ governments of the Global North. The book invites the reader to see power differently: as compassion and the capacity to right past wrongs by protecting all and sundry from inequality and poverty.

Publisher: Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon, 2019.


Ethiopia in Theory: Revolution and Knowledge Production, 1964-2016 (Historical Materialism)  

[إثيوبيا في النظريات] 

Author: Elleni Centime Zeleke


Between the years 1964 and 1974, Ethiopian post-secondary students studying at home, in Europe, and in North America produced a number of journals. In them, these students explored the relationship between social theory and social change within the project of building a socialist Ethiopia. Ethiopia in Theory examines the literature of this student movement, together with the movement ‘s afterlife in Ethiopian politics and society, in order to ask a vital question: what does it mean to write today about the appropriation and indigenisation of Marxist and mainstream social science ideas in an Ethiopian and African context? And, further, what does the archive of revolutionary thought in Africa teach us about the practice of critical theory more generally?

Publisher: Haymarket Books, 2020.


States of Justice: The Politics of the International Criminal Court  

[حول العدالة: سياسات المحكمة الجنائية الدولية] 

Author: Oumar Ba


This book theorizes the ways in which states that are presumed to be weaker in the international system use the International Criminal Court (ICC) to advance their security and political interests. Ultimately, it contends that African states have managed to instrumentally and strategically use the international justice system to their advantage, a theoretical framework that challenges the “justice cascade” argument. The empirical work of this study focuses on four major themes around the intersection of power, states’ interests, and the global governance of atrocity crimes: firstly, the strategic use of self-referrals to the ICC; secondly, complementarity between national and the international justice system; thirdly, the limits of state cooperation with international courts; and finally the use of international courts in domestic political conflicts. This book is valuable to students, scholars, and researchers who are interested in international relations, international criminal justice, peace and conflict studies, human rights, and African politics..

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2020.

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Research Africa News: September 25th, 2020 

Research Africa News: September 25th, 2020 



40 years after that attempt, the crowd of young Beninese men had congregated in the West African capital of Cotonou in August 2017 to rid the region of a symbol of its French colonial era: by burning banknotes of the CFA franc, the France-backed currency. They were just one of many groups in West Africa inspired by the actions of the controversial yet influential Franco-Beninese activist Kemi Seba. Seba was among the first on the continent to take to the streets of Dakar, Senegal to burn the very same CFA franc notes just days earlier.

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After the monuments have been removed  

BY Mohamadou Mbougar Sarr TRANSLATION BY Jeremy Dell


As interesting and necessary as it may be, it seems to me that the current critique of the presence of colonial symbols in our public spaces needs to be, as of this moment, reexamined. Let me emphasize “as of this moment.” I readily acknowledge that there will be some who believe the time has not yet come for internal criticism of a process that remains incomplete and that has even, in a certain sense, just begun. Is there not, as they say, a time and place for everything? Should we not prioritize certain actions and deeds? Demolish all of the problematic statues first, rename certain spaces, and only then, once we have recovered the feeling (or the illusion) of a sovereign liberty beyond all humiliation, turn our thoughts to other challenges?  

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Protecting Nigeria’s Entrepreneurial Future: A whitepaper with policy recommendations for Nigeria’s innovation ecosystem as startups and scaleups navigate the fallout of the global pandemic.


If you are the founder of a high-growth startup or scaleup in Nigeria, then you have inevitably been affected by the crisis that has tilted the entire world on its axis since early in the year. Necessary measures by governments to mitigate the health impact has had ripple effects on businesses worldwide. Governments have had to very quickly respond to stymie the potential disaster, including providing support programs to keep both large and small businesses afloat.

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Mozambique Can’t Contain Its Insurgency Alone Without a coherent counterterrorism strategy or regional assistance, the odds are stacked against the Mozambican military.  


On Aug. 11, militants with links to the Islamic State captured the port of Mocímboa da Praia in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province. The extremists have so far managed to hold the port city, signaling that the national government may have lost control over the conflict in its resource-rich north that began with a few attacks in 2017.

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Africa and the idea of the University  

By Editorial -September 20, 2020


Why do universities around the world require the donning of academic gowns that look like the Danshiki, Babariga, or Kosankosa of Africans? The modern university originated in Africa with its inception in 859 AD at Fez, Morocco, by Fathima, a Muslim woman, and it continues today as the oldest university in the world named in 1965, University of Al Quaraouiyine. This was followed in 989 AD in present-day Mali by the Mosque of Sankore or Timbuctoo which doubled as a higher learning center or Madrasa still known as the University of Sankore or Timbuctoo.

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NEW BOOKS          كتب جديدة


Babel Unbound: Rage, Reason and Rethinking Public Life 

[الوصول الى برج بابل: تأملات في الهياج والتعقل وإعادة التفكير في الحياة العامة] 

Author (Editors): Dr. Lesley Cowling, Dr. Carolyn Hamilton


The notion that societies mediate issues through certain kinds of engagement is at the heart of the democratic project and often centres on an imagined public sphere where this takes place. But this imagined foundation of how we live collectively appears to have suffered a dramatic collapse across the world in the digital age, with many democracies apparently unable to solve problems through talk – or even to agree on who speaks, in what ways and where.This collection offers a new theory of the public sphere. The notion that societies mediate issues through certain kinds of engagement is at the heart of the democratic project and often centres on an imagined public sphere where this takes place. Through news media, photography, archives, hashtags, ‘art-rage’, Muslim manuscripts, and much more, this incisive book illuminates the underlying dynamics of public engagement.

Publisher: Wits University Press 2020


Power and the Presidency in Kenya: The Jomo Kenyatta Years  

 [ السلطة والرئاسة في كينيا: سنوات حكم جومو كينياتا

Author: Anaïs Angelo


In December 1963, Kenya formally declared its independence yet it would take a year of intense negotiations for it to transform into a presidential republic, with Jomo Kenyatta as its first president. Archival records of the independence negotiations, however, reveal that neither the British colonial authorities nor the Kenyan political elite foresaw the formation of a presidential regime that granted one man almost limitless executive powers. Even fewer expected Jomo Kenyatta to remain president until his death in 1978. Power and the Presidency in Kenya reconstructs Kenyatta’s political biography, exploring the links between his ability to emerge as an uncontested leader and the deeper colonial and postcolonial history of the country.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2020


Tell our Story; Multiplying voices in the news media 

[كيف نحكي قصصنا: تضافر الأصوات في وسائل الإعلام] 

Authors: Dale T McKinley& Julie Reid


The dominant news media is often accused of reflecting an ‘elite bias’, privileging and foregrounding the interests of a small segment of society, while ignoring the narratives of the majority. Tell Our Storyinvestigates the problem of disproportionate media representation. Focusing on three very different communities in South Africait delves into the life and struggle narratives of each, exposing the divide between the stories told by the people who actually live in the communities and the way in which those stories have been understood and shaped by the media.

Publisher: Wits University Press 2020


Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World [ 

[العرض الطالح: الأفريقيات والعلاقات العاطفية والحريات أثناء في العالم الأطلسي] 

Author: Jessica Marie Johnson


Johnson draws on archival documents scattered in institutions across three continents, written in multiple languages and largely from the perspective of colonial officials and slave-owning men, to recreate black women’s experiences from coastal Senegal to French Saint-Domingue to Spanish Cuba to the swampy outposts of the Gulf Coast. Centering New Orleans as the quintessential site for investigating black women’s practices of freedom in the Atlantic world, Wicked Flesh argues that African women and women of African descent endowed free status with meaning through active, aggressive, and sometimes unsuccessful intimate and kinship practices. Their stories, in both their successes and their failures, outline a practice of freedom that laid the groundwork for the emancipation struggles of the nineteenth century and reshaped the New World.

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020


Power and Loss in South African Journalism: News in the age of social media 

[مسائل القوة والضعف في صحافة جنوب إفريقيا: الأخبار في عصر وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي] 

Author: Glenda Daniels

This book examines the job losses in SA journalism industry but also the powerful contribution of investigative journalism. The book argues for the power of public interest journalism, including investigative journalism, and a diversity of voices and positions to be reflected in the news. It addresses the gains and losses from decolonial and feminist perspectives and advocates for a radical shift in the way power is constituted by the media in the South African postcolony.

Publisher: Wits University Press 2020

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Research Africa News: September 9th, 2020

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The Day Malcolm X Was Killed  

At the height of his powers, the Black Nationalist leader was assassinated, and the government botched the investigation of his murder.

By Les Payne August 27, 2020 


At 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, 1965, Malcolm X arrived at the Audubon Ballroom, in Harlem, to give a speech. Malcolm was thirty-nine, tall and serious, with a dark suit and a new beard, and he was in the midst of remaking himself. He had recently left the Nation of Islam, the Black-Muslim group that had nurtured his rise to prominence.

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The Conscience of Silicon Valley  

Tech oracle Jaron Lanier warned us all about the evils of social media. Too few of us listened. Now, in the most chaotic of moments, his fears—and his bighearted solutions—are more urgent than ever.

BY Zach Baron, August 24, 2020


There Jaron Lanier and I were, side by side on my computer screen, in a virtual space that looked a little like a conference room and a little like a movie theater. We could’ve been jurors, maybe. I was able to approximate rubbing his head. “As you have discovered,” Lanier said, noticing, “you can reach and interact with people a little bit. So there is this shared-space quality.” He was in Berkeley, California, in the hills above the city, in a house that looks out over the bay. I was in Los Angeles. Five minutes ago we were in our own separate video-chat windows, the ones many of us now see as we’re going to sleep, our dumb faces staring back at us. Then he had hit some buttons. Now we were together.

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The University of Zimbabwe’s First Pan-African History Conference 

By Brooks Marmon


From 5 – 15 September 1960, an intimate, yet opulent (by academic standards) pan-African history conference convened in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (present-day Harare, Zimbabwe). Funded by the London-based Leverhulme Trust, the conference aimed to provide a forum for members of history departments across ‘tropical Africa’ to confer. In addition to several Rhodesian-based delegates, historians resident in Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, the UK, and South Africa attended.

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Senegal’s quiet COVID success: Test results in 24 hours, temperature checks at every store, no fights over masks 

Deirdre Shesgreen USA TODAY, Sept. 6, 2020


COVID-19 test results come back within 24 hours – or even faster. Hotels have been transformed into quarantine units. Scientists are racing to develop a cutting-edge, low-cost ventilator. This isn’t the pandemic response in South Korea, New Zealand or another country held up as a model of coronavirus containment success. It’s Senegal, a west African country with a fragile health care system, a scarcity of hospital beds and about seven doctors for every 100,000 people. And yet Senegal, with a population of 16 million, has tackled COVID-19 aggressively and, so far, effectively. More than six months into the pandemic, the country has about 14,000 cases and 284 deaths.

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Nation Building and Legacies of Slavery: The Intersections of Being Black and Arab in the Gulf  

“Populations from the Arabian Peninsula and those from the African continent have crossed, migrated, and mixed both within and outside the institution of slavery for thousands of years. In many places and communities, it would be difficult to even distinguish who is ‘African’ from who is ‘Arabian.’”



Born to a Black Sudanese mother and Black Kuwaiti father, AlMoataz’s story is all too familiar for Black and Afro-Arab Gulf nationals. “I’ve also been rejected by people because of my skin tone. One girl told me her parents would not be okay with me because I am a Black man. Being stripped of all your qualities and saying you aren’t worth it or people don’t want you around because of the colour of your skin really hurts.”

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NEW BOOKS          كتب جديدة


Slave between Empires: A Transimperial History of North Africa  

[رقيق بين الامبراطوريات: نحو تاريخ موسع لشمال أفريقيا] 

Author: M’Hamed Oualdi


In light of the profound physical and mental traumas of colonization endured by North Africans, historians of recent decades have primarily concentrated their studies of North Africa on colonial violence, domination, and shock. The choice is an understandable one. But in his new monograph, A Slave between Empires: A Transimperial History of North Africa (Columbia University Press, 2020), M’hamed Oualdi asks how a history of the modern Maghreb might look if we did not perceive it solely through the prism of European colonization, and argues that widening our gaze might force us to redefine our understanding of colonialism — and its limits.

Publisher: Columbia University Press, 2020.



[التطير الافريقي] 

Author: Frank B. Wilderson


How should we understand the pervasiveness – and virulence – of anti-Black violence in the United State? Why and how is anti-Black racism different from other forms of racism? How does it permeate our moral and political ideals? Frank Wilderson III combines memoir and works of political theory, critical theory, literature, and film to offer a philosophy of Blackness

Publisher: Liveright, 2020


Collecting Food, Collecting People Subsistence and Society in Central Africa  

[الاقتتات وتحسين أوضاع المجتمع في أفريقيا الوسطى] 

Author: Kathryn M. de Luna 


In two separate strands of historiography, scholars have tackled the genesis and literary construction of the chronicle on the one hand, and the history of the Caliphate on the other. The new book Sultan, Caliph, and the Renewer of the Faith: Ahmad Lobbo, the Tārīkh al-fattāsh and the Making of an Islamic State in West Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2020), brings both together. Mauro Nobili argues that the Tārīkh al-Fattāsh was a coherent and historically contingent product of the Caliphate. It was designed as a result of one Ḥamdallāhi scholar’s assessment of what it would take to legitimize claims to power and authority in the hotly contested political landscape of 19th-century Muslim West Africa.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2020.


Sports in Africa, Past and Present  

[الرياضة في أفريقيا: الماضي والحاضر] 

Author: (editors) Todd Cleveland, Tarminder Kaur, and Gerard Akindes


Since the late nineteenth century, modern sports in Africa have both reflected and shaped cultural, social, political, economic, generational, and gender relations on the continent. Although colonial powers originally introduced European sports as a means of “civilizing” indigenous populations and upholding then current notions of racial hierarchies and “muscular Christianity,” Africans quickly appropriated these sporting practices to fulfill their own varied interests. This collection encompasses a wide range of topics, including women footballers in Nigeria, Kenya’s world-class long-distance runners, pitches and stadiums in communities large and small, fandom and pay-to-watch kiosks, the sporting diaspora, sports pedagogy, sports as resistance and as a means to forge identity, sports heritage, the impact of politics on sports, and sporting biography.

Publisher: Ohio University Press, 2020


The State of Open Data: Histories and Horizons  

[حالة المعلومات المفتوحة: دراسة حول التواريخ والآفاق] 

Author: (Edited)  Tim Davies, Stephen B. Walker, Mor Rubinstein & Fernando Perini


It’s been ten years since open data first broke onto the global stage. Over the past decade, thousands of programmes and projects around the world have worked to open data and use it to address a myriad of social and economic challenges. This book brings together over 60 authors from around the world to address these questions and to take stock of the real progress made to date across sectors and around the world, uncovering the issues that will shape the future of open data in the years to come.
Publisher: African Minds, South Africa, 2019.
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Research Africa News: August 18th, 2020 

Research Africa News: August 18th, 2020 


 Genetic Study Reveals New Insights On Transatlantic Trade Of Enslaved People 

By Robin Young, August 17, 2020


Until recently, much of the information available about where enslaved people were captured before being brought to the Americas came from shipping logs and databases. These sources detailed ports of embarkation and numbers of people transported, and new data drawn from genetics corroborates much of what historians already knew.

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Why the African free trade area could be the game-changer for the continent’s economies  

August 2, 2020 4.34am EDT

Most economists see structural transformation as one of the main routes to Africa’s sustainable development. What it means is changing the share of agriculture, manufacturing and services in an economy. It is a central aim of the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

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The Nile and beyond: geopolitics of water  


Water is life. We can survive several days without eating but not without drinking. Water is also the basic ingredient, essential to the production of all kind of food, whether vegetable or animal. This is why the issue of access to fresh water has always been central for humans, and has therefore always been a source of many conflicts. Inherently linked to climate change, economic development and population growth, however, these conflicts are today taking on an increasingly worrying dimension: access to water is becoming one of the main geopolitical issues of our century.

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Nile Be Dammed: Toxic Water Politics Threaten Democracy and Regional Stability  

By Michael Woldemariam August 10, 2020 

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is now a fait accompli. Last month, Ethiopia began filling an enormous reservoir behind the $4.5 billion hydroelectric project, which promises to make the country an energy powerhouse. The megadam will bring cheap electricity to millions of households, power Ethiopia’s developing industrial sector, and enable the government to earn much-needed foreign exchange by exporting electricity to neighboring countries. The two countries that lie downstream from Ethiopia on the Nile River, Sudan and Egypt, could also benefit from the dam through access to power, improved flood control, and more efficient water storage that reduces the volume of Nile water lost to evaporation.

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“Indian racism towards Black people is almost worse than white peoples’ racism”

An Interview with Arundhati Roy, June 20, 2020


We ourselves live in a pretty sick society that seems incapable of feelings of sisterhood, brotherhood, solidarity An Email interview with Arundhati Roy


DC: How do we support the movement in the US and how does one show solidarity with people protesting in India? I’m assuming that you mean the massive protests that have erupted over the cold-blooded killing of George Floyd—the latest in a series of killings of African Americans by white American police. I would say that the best way of supporting that movement is to understand where it comes from, first of all.

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Afua Hirsch on exploring African culture beyond the western gaze 

By Afua Hirsch AUGUST 13 2020

In making my new television series African Renaissance, one question has always nagged me: what would the African continent look like if it had never been colonised?


Filming the work of the Ethiopian photographer Aïda Muluneh in Addis Ababa, the question lost its hypothetical quality. As a new arrival in the Ethiopian capital, I was struggling to adjust to the alphabet of Ethiopia’s Amharic, as well as to systems of date and time that shun global convention.

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NEW BOOKS          كتب جديدة


From Plough to Entrepreneurship: A History of African Entrepreneurs in Evaton 1905-1960s 

[من المحراث إلى ريادة الأعمال التجارية: نحو تاريخ ريادة الأعمال التجارية بين الأفارقة في إيفاتون 1905-1960] 

Author: Vusumuzi R. Kumalo


This book is motivated largely by the fact that Africans were deprived of economic and political autonomy by white government in South Africa. This marginalisation lies in the complex and interconnected processes of displacement and dispossession by which Africans were first dispossessed of their own land; then deprived of independent productive opportunities. The increasing scarcity of land as scarce commodity and African land ownership in Evaton, best explains the history of African local economic independence. For the local residents, land possession in Evaton provided a space where a moral economy that fostered racial pride and solidarity was forged. This richly sourced monograph develops the logical explanation that sticks together all forces that constrained Africans to give up labour to an industrial economy in Evaton. It provides the reader and student of racialised inequalities in South Africa with an understanding steeped in historical ethnography on how local Africans struggled for economic independence, and how whatever independence their struggles yielded, changed over time in Evaton.  

Publisher: Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon, 2020.


Beneath the Surface: A Transnational History of Skin Lighteners  

[دون السطح: نحو تاريخ قاري لاستخدامات المواد الكيماوية الفاتحة للون] 

Author: Lynn M. Thomas


By 2024, global sales of skin lighteners are projected to reach more than $30 billion. Despite the planetary scale of its use, skin lightening remains a controversial cosmetic practice. This book focused principally on South Africa, the book quickly makes evident how closely connected skin lightening is to the history of the United States and other parts of the African continent. Over the course of the twentieth century, and particularly in the context of minority rule in South Africa, skin lighteners have raised thorny debates about race, respectability and self-regard. Thomas examines these questions but shows how class and gender intersect with race to complicate our understanding of who brightens, and why. A complex history of capitalism, medicine, media and technology informs Thomas’ intimate portrayal of these perilous cosmetics. Beneath the Surface is a deeply social history of a singularly fraught commodity.

Publisher: Duke University Press, 2020


Sultan, Caliph, and the Renewer of the Faith: Ahmad Lobbo, the Tārīkh al-fattāsh and the Making of an Islamic State in West Africa  

[حركة التجديد الديني بين الخليفة والسلطان: قراءات في حياة احمد لوبو وتاريخ الفتاش وقيام الدولة الاسلامية في غرب افريقيا] 

Author: Mauro Nobili 


In two separate strands of historiography, scholars have tackled the genesis and literary construction of the chronicle on the one hand, and the history of the Caliphate on the other. The new book Sultan, Caliph, and the Renewer of the Faith: Ahmad Lobbo, the Tārīkh al-fattāsh and the Making of an Islamic State in West Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2020), brings both together. Mauro Nobili argues that the Tārīkh al-Fattāsh was a coherent and historically contingent product of the Caliphate. It was designed as a result of one Ḥamdallāhi scholar’s assessment of what it would take to legitimize claims to power and authority in the hotly contested political landscape of 19th-century Muslim West Africa.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2020.


Female Monarchs and Merchant Queens in Africa  

[الملكات ذوات السلطة  والتاجرات ذوات الملك في أفريقيا] 

Author: Nwando Achebe


Chronologically and by theme, Nwando Achebe pieces together the worlds and experiences of African females from African-derived sources, especially language. Achebe explores the meaning and significance of names, metaphors, symbolism, cosmology, chronicles, songs, folktales, proverbs, oral traditions, traditions of creation, and more. From centralized to small-scale egalitarian societies, patrilineal to matrilineal systems, North Africa to sub-Saharan lands, Female Monarchs and Merchant Queens in Africa offers an unparalleled history of the remarkable African women who occupied positions of power, authority, and influence..

Publisher: Ohio University Press, 2020


Voices from the Kavango: A Study of the Contract Labour System in Namibia, 1925-1972  

[أصوات من كافانغو: دراسة نظام العمل التعاقدي في ناميبيا ، 1925-1972] 

Author: Kletus Likuwa


This book explores the contribution that the life histories and the voices of the contract labourers make to our understanding of the contract labour system in Namibia. In particular it asks: is it possible to view the migration of the Kavango labourers as a progressive step, or does the paradigm of exploitation and suppression remain the dominant one? The study highlights contract labourers engaging in a defeating activity and their disappointment with the little rewards which were non-lasting solutions to their problems. The realization of their entrapment under the contract system and the eventual frustrations led to the political mobilization for independence by SWAPO.
Publisher: Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Namibia, 2020.

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Research Africa News: August 4th, 2020 

Research Africa News: August 4th, 2020 


Black Lives Matter resonates with Africans pushing for decolonisation  

By Rosebell Kagumire Published June 29, 2020

The brutal murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery in the United States have become a tipping point—galvanising the movement to end racial injustice across the world. The message of Black Lives Matter is echoing in neighbourhoods, cities and quarters that have long been indifferent to the realities of Black people. And it’s no surprise that in Africa, there is a reawakening of the struggle for decolonisation and racial justice.

In many African countries the idea of protests often threatens the ruling political elite who inherited the colonial power structures created by imperialism, including policing and punishment.

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Recovering the lost heritage of emergency relief  

By Mitchell Edwards

Across sub-Saharan Africa, the insidious impact of COVID-19 is being felt less in the lungs than in the stomach. From Nigeria to Kenya, the implementation of draconian measures has reportedly kept “confirmed” cases low, but at the disproportionate expense of those already struggling to make ends meet.

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The networks and hidden procedures that keep discrimination alive in academia  

Josh Busby, 2020-07-12

George Floyd’s murder was another in a long series of acts of police brutality against black men. His death upended complacency, silence, and fatigue about racism, propelling people to protest against discrimination in the middle of a deadly pandemic. The Black Lives Matter movement may be the largest in US history. The conversation about racism has reached academia with hashtags such as #Blackintheivory. This moment has spurred scholars to ask trenchant questions about the links between foreign policy and militarization of police forces. Many scholars have pointed to the racist legacy of IR theory and the way it informs how we study IR today. This dialogue is important and political scientists certainly recognize it as such. We also see scholars in other disciplines shining a bright light on discriminatory practices, raising questions of how the discipline itself contributes to systemic racism. They ask white scholars to do their own work to become anti-racist and to stop gaslighting scholars who have the courage to spotlight racist practices.

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NEW BOOKS          كتب جديدة


Mission Foundations and Other Essays:  Biblical and Missiological Studies from Malawi  

[مهمة الارساليات ومقالات أخرى: دراسات عن الكتاب المقدس والبعثات الدينية في ملاوي] 

Author: Jonathan Nkhoma

The first two essays in this book examine the biblical and philosophical basis for mission in the post-modern world, emphasising the experiential quality of mission over against the rational. Subsequent essays discuss various aspects of mission with a focus on the Malawian context. They highlight the impact of missionary work on the formation, shaping and developments of Malawi as a national state. Other essays examine various issues in New Testament scholarship including images of the Historical Jesus and how these relate to wisdom and apocalyptic traditions.

Publisher: Mzuni Press, Malawi.


Poetry in Praise of Prophetic Perfection: A Study of West African Arabic Madih Poetry and its Precedents  

[الشعر في خدمة المديح النبوي: دراسة الشعر العربي  في غرب أفريقيا] 

Author: Oludamini Ogunnaike 

Oludamini Ogunnaike, assistant professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, explores this abundant heritage in Poetry in Praise of Prophetic Perfection. In this social setting praise poetry draws from traditional Islamic materials but also employs patterns and concepts from West Africa sources and practices. Ogunnaike translates numerous poems and contextualizes them within a deep intellectual well of Sufi thought. He also places these poems within the realm of lived religious practice and presents them as part of everyday contemporary life in West Africa. In our conversation we discuss the place of praise poetry as a genre, the broader literary tradition it relies on, Sufi theology, the wider intellectual heritage of West Africa, Ibrahim Niass and the Tijaniyyah order, audiences recitations and readings, the functions of these poems in practice, the process of translation, and how these sources might be used in classrooms.

Publisher: Islamic Texts Society, 2020.


No More to Spend: Neglect and the Construction of Scarcity in Malawi’s History of Health Care  

[ليس هناك ما ينفق: مسائل الإهمال وظاهرة الندرة في تاريخ الرعاية الصحية في ملاوي] 

Author: Luke Messac

This book challenges the inevitability of inadequate social services in twentieth-century Africa, focusing on the political history of Malawi. Using the stories of doctors, patients, and political leaders, Luke Messac demonstrates how both colonial and postcolonial administrations in this nation used claims of scarcity to justify the poor state of health care. During periods of burgeoning global discourse on welfare and social protection, forestalling improvements in health care required varied forms of rationalization and denial. Calls for better medical care compelled governments, like that of Malawi, to either increase public health spending or offer reasons for their inaction. Because medical care is still sparse in many regions in Africa, the recurring tactics for prolonged neglect have important implications for global health today.

Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2020


Religions in Contemporary Africa: An Introduction  

[الأديان في أفريقيا المعاصرة: مقدمة] 

Author: Laura S. Grillo, Adriaan van Klinken, Hassan J. Ndzovu  

This book is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the three main religious traditions on the African continent, African indigenous religions, Christianity and Islam. The book provides a historical overview of these important traditions and focuses on the roles they play in African societies today. It includes social, cultural and political case studies from across the continent on the following topical issues: Witchcraft and modernity Power and politics Conflict and peace Media and popular culture Development Human rights Illness and health Gender and sexuality With suggestions for further reading, discussion questions, illustrations and a list of glossary terms this is the ideal textbook for students in religion, African studies and adjacent fields approaching this subject area for the first time.

Publisher: Routledge, 2019.


Decolonization, Development and Knowledge in Africa: Turning Over a New Leaf  

[التحرر من الاستعمار والتنمية والمعرفة في أفريقيا ] 

Author: Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

This provocative book is anchored on the insurgent and resurgent spirit of decolonization of the twenty-first century. The author calls upon Africa to turn over a new leaf in the domains of politics, economy, and knowledge as it frees itself from imperial global designs and global coloniality. With a focus on Africa and its Diaspora, the author calls for a radical turning over of a new leaf, predicated on decolonial turn and epistemic freedom. The key themes subjected to decolonial analysis include: (1) decolonization/decoloniality – articulating the meaning and contribution of the decolonial turn; (2) subjectivity/identity – examining the problem of Blackness (identity) as external and internal invention; (3) the Bandung spirit of decolonization as an embodiment of resistance and possibilities, development and self-improvement; (4) development and self-improvement – of African political economy, as entangled in the colonial matrix of power, and the African Renaissance, as weakened by undecolonized political and economic thought; and (5) knowledge – the role of African humanities in the struggle for epistemic freedom.

Publisher: Routledge, 2020.


Comprendre Senghor: Une thèse poétique de la Négritude  

[  الشاعر والرئيس سنغور: أطروحة شعرية لفهم نزعة الزنوجة]

Author: Waly Latsouck Faye

This is a second volume of the trilogy entitled Comprendre Senghor, which is an attempt to read through Léopold Sédar Senghor legacy and work. He was a poet and a politician. Chants d’ombre, the first collection of these published poems, is a the starting point to understanding his whole persona, his vision of the world, and his interaction with it. It helps us bring out the socio-cultural values ​​in the Serer world view.  This new volume will build on the previous one and hopefully into a better understanding of the man and his work.
Publisher: Harmattan Sénégal, 2020.


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Research Africa News: July 26th, 2020

Research Africa News: July 26th, 2020 


Voices from Kenya and Nigeria: Working With Religious Actors to Prevent Extremism 

By multiple authors, July 8th, 2020

Over the past five years, the Supporting Leaders programme at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change has partnered with local organisations to empower religious actors to counter extremist narratives and build social cohesion. It trained 172 trainers and facilitators, empowered 361 religious leaders and reached more than 29,000 local community members.

In 2019, the Institute and the Alliance for Peacebuilding, with the generous support of the GHR Foundation, convened an Insights Forum in Nairobi. Our aim was to showcase to practitioners and policymakers the impact of working with religious actors to build peaceful and stable societies.

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Viewpoint from Sudan – where black people are called slaves 

BBC, July 26. 2000

As anti-racism protests swept through various parts of the world following African-American George Floyd’s death in police custody in the US, Sudan seemed to be in a completely different world. There was little take-up in Sudan of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

Instead many Sudanese social media users hurled racial abuse at a famous black Sudanese footballer, Issam Abdulraheem, and a light-skinned Arab make-up artist, Reem Khougli, following their marriage. “Seriously girl, this is haram [Arabic for forbidden]… a queen marries her slave,” one man commented on Facebook after seeing a photo of the couple.

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Translating Black Lives Matter into Yiddish  

By Anthony Russell June 5, 2020

ON THE EVENING OF MAY 31st—a week after George Floyd was murdered by a police officer and amid an eruption of protests nationwide—I was tagged in a query on Twitter asking how to translate the phrase “Black Lives Matter” into Yiddish. Working for the past eight years primarily as a performer and composer of Yiddish kunstlider (art song), I am frequently asked to make spontaneous translations into the language in which I work, in spite of my decidedly intermediate level of fluency.

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Will the South embrace Senegalese cooking? One young chef has a plan  

By Todd A. Price The American South/ July 17, 2020

Senegal’s flavors and one-pot cooking gave us gumbo, jambalaya and Hoppin’ John, but we aren’t savoring the originals, says Serigne Mbaye, a young chef born in Harlem but raised in Senegal. Why isn’t Senegalese food as revered as the cooking of France and Italy? At the moment, Mbaye borrows kitchens in New Orleans, popping-up a few times a week to cook black-eyed pea fritters, Senegalese egg rolls and jollof, a deeply flavored rice dish with seafood. But he has bigger plans.

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King of Sudanese jazz Sharhabil Ahmed honoured with compilation 

By Lucy Ilado 8 July 2020

Sudanese jazz musician Sharhabil Ahmed has been honoured in a new compilation of his music and archives titled The King of Sudanese Jazz, which will be out on 10 July. Released by German record label Habibi Funk, the seven-track compilation features music spanning Ahmed’s career, alongside interviews and archival photographs.

Born in 1935 and launching into music in the 1960s, Ahmed set out to modernise Sudanese music with Western instrumentation and influences. The label, which is headed by Jannis Stürtz, describes Ahmed’s music as “a unique combination of surf rock, funk, Congolese music and East African harmonies.”.

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When John Lewis met Malcolm X in Kenya,  

By A. Peter Bailey 7/23/2020, 6 p.m.

In his book, “Malcolm X: The FBI File,” Dr. Clayborne Carson wrote about a first-time meeting between Brother Malcolm X and a young John Lewis while both were traveling in Africa in October 1964.

The goal of Mr. Lewis and his fellow civil rights warrior Donald Harris was to make African students more aware of what the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC, was doing in the ongoing war against white supremacy in the United States.

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Conspicuous Consumption in Africa 

[الاستهلاك غير المخفي في أفريقيا] 

Author: (Editors): Deborah Posel, Ilana van Wyk

From early department stores in Cape Town to gendered histories of sartorial success in urban Togo, contestations over expense accounts at an apartheid state enterprise, elite wealth and political corruption in Angola and Zambia, the role of popular religion in the political intransigence of Jacob Zuma, funerals of big men in Cameroon, youth cultures of consumption in Niger and South Africa, queer consumption in Cape Town, middle-class food consumption in Durban and the consumption of luxury handcrafted beads, this collection of essays explores the ways in which conspicuous consumption is foregrounded in various African contexts and historical moments. In 1899, Thorstein Veblen coined the phrase ‘conspicuous consumption’ to describe status-seeking in the obscenely unequal world of late-nineteenth century America. Many of the aspects he described in The Theory of the Leisure Class are still evident in our world today. While Veblen’s crude denunciation of material extravagance finds echoes in media exposés about the lifestyles of the rich worldwide, it is particularly recognisable in reporting on Africa. Here, images of conspicuous consumption have long circulated in local and global media as indictments of political corruption and signs of moral depravity.

Publisher: Wits University Press, 2019.


Cuban Literature in the Age of Black Insurrection: Manzano, Plácido, and Afro-Latino Religion  

[الأدب الكوبي في عصر انتفاضة السود: مانزانو ، بلاسيدو ، ودين الأفرو-لاتيني] 

Author: Matthew Pettway 

Juan Francisco Manzano and Gabriel de la Concepción Valdés (Plácido) were perhaps the most important and innovative Cuban writers of African descent during the Spanish colonial era. Both nineteenth-century authors used Catholicism as a symbolic language for African-inspired spirituality. Likewise, Plácido and Manzano subverted the popular imagery of neoclassicism and Romanticism in order to envision black freedom in the tradition of the Haitian Revolution. Plácido and Manzano envisioned emancipation through the lens of African spirituality, a transformative moment in the history of Cuban letters. The portrayal of African-Atlantic religious ideas spurned the elite rationale that literature ought to be a barometer of highbrow cultural progress. Cuban debates about freedom and selfhood were never the exclusive domain of the white Creole elite.

Pettway’s emphasis on African-inspired spirituality as a source of knowledge and a means to sacred authority for black Cuban writers deepens our understanding of Manzano and Plácido not as mere imitators but as aesthetic and political pioneers. As Pettway suggests, black Latin American authors did not abandon their African religious heritage to assimilate wholesale to the Catholic Church. By recognizing the wisdom of African ancestors, they procured power in the struggle for black liberation.

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi, 2020.


Motorbike People: Power and Politics on Rwandan Streets  

[قوم الدراجة النارية: جدليات السلطة والسياسة في شوارع رواندا] 

Author: Will Rollason

Will’s book is an ethnography of taxi-moto drivers in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city. Not only is his book a rich account of the everyday lives of motorcylists’ (motari) everyday lives, Will’s research challenge anthropological understanding of the concept of power and its relationship to culture. He argues that the concept of power is too expansive, too all-encompassing to provide explanations of how “power” operates in a given culture. Will finds that there is dearth of understanding in the social sciences, leading to a conceptual inability to engage in questions of justice and make common cause with the oppressed.

Publisher: Lexington Books, 2020. 


Visionary Animal: Rock Art from Southern Africa  

[بصيرة الحيوانات: فن نحت الصخور في جنوب إفريقيا] 

Author: Renaud Ego 

Why were depictions of animals a crucial trigger for the birth of art? And why did animals dominate that art for so long? In order to answer these questions, Renaud Ego examined some of the world’s finest rock art, that of the San of southern Africa. For thousands of years, these nomadic hunter-gatherers assigned a fundamental role to the visualization of the animals who shared their lives. Some, such as the Cape eland, the largest of antelopes, were the object of a fascinated gaze, as though the graceful markings and shapes of their bodies were the key to secret knowledge safeguarded by the animals’ unsettling silence. The artists sought to steal the animals’ secret through an act of rendering visible a vitality that remained hidden beneath appearances. In this process, the San themselves became the visionary animal who, possessing the gift of making pictures, would acquire far-seeing powers. Thanks to the singular effectiveness of their visual art, they could make intellectual contact with the world in order better to think and, ultimately, to act. They gained access to the full dimension of their human condition through painting scenes that functioned like visual contracts with spiritual and ancestral powers.

Publisher: Wits University Press, 2019.


Le Sénégal Entre Illusions et Illuminations  

[السنغال بين الحقائق والأوهام] 

Author: Ngor Dieng 

This book examines the Senegalese society without a sense of complacency. The author discusses real issues that are turning this country away from economic development. The central themes of the study include education, politics, citizenship within a historical framework. From the highest authorities to ordinary citizens, this author describes the behaviors of a people who express a love for  change while in practice they are not acting abiding by the law of change.

Publisher: Harmattan Sénégal, 2020.


The Diplomacy of Decolonisation: America, Britain, and the United Nations during the Congo Crisis, 1960-1964 

دبلوماسية التحرر من الاستعمار: أمريكا وبريطانيا والأمم المتحدة خلال أزمة الكونغو ، 1960-1964

Author: Alanna O’malley

The Diplomacy of Decolonisation examines the global contours of the Congo crisis, which fragmented the newly independent Republic of the Congo and rocked the international order in the early 1960s. It even led the United Nations, for the first time ever, to dispatch peacekeepers to protect the sovereignty of one of its member states against secessionists. O’Malley guides readers through this complicated story. She charts the sprawling geography of the crisis, pulling readers through foreign capitals, the United Nations, and the Congo itself. And she shows how the crisis transformed the Cold War and the politics of decolonization.

Publication: Manchester University Press, 2020.


My Life in Crime  

[حياتي في ارتكاب الجرائم]

Author: John Kiriamiti

The late 1690 and early 70s may be remembered as the years of the great bank and other armed robberies in Kenya. This is the true story of one of the participants in some of those robberies, John Kiriamiti. In raw and candid language, Kiriamiti tells the story of how he dropped out of secondary school when he was only fifteen years old, and for a time became a novice pickpocket, before graduating into crimes like car-breaking and ultimately into violent robbery. This spell-binding story takes the reader into the underworld of crime, and it depicts graphically the criminal’s struggle for survival against the forces of law.

John Kiriamiti was imprisoned on 6 January 1971, after being convicted on a charge of committing robbery at Naivasha on 4 November 1970. Kiriamiti left Naivasha Maximum Security Prison in August 1984, just five months after the publication of this novel and those following which were a sensation with Kenyan youth in the late 1980s and ’90s.
Publisher: East African Educational Publishers, Kenya, 2020.


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Research Africa News: July 14th, 2020

Research Africa News: July 14th, 2020


The Congressional Black Caucus Statement on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
WASHINGTON, June 23, 2020

In recent months negotiations have stalled and there has been an escalation of tensions on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) that impacts, Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) encourages the continued cooperation and peaceful negotiations of all stakeholders in the construction of the GERD. These negotiations should be based on mutual benefit, good faith, and the principles of international law. The multi-billion-dollar GERD project was announced in 2011, and will have a positive impact in the region by providing Africa’s biggest hydropower dam that will generate approximately 6,000 megawatts of electricity, thus allowing Ethiopia to export power to neighboring countries.

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Conference: A turning point for Sudan?
Cameron Hudson , June 26, 2020

The world came to Berlin yesterday (at least virtually) as part of a United Nations, European Union, and German government-sponsored “Partners Forum for Sudan.” By all accounts, it was a triumph, and potentially a turning point, for the fragile transitional civilian government of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, pulling in an announced $1.8 billion in assistance to Sudan. But the conference’s success was never going to be judged solely on financial pledges. Rather, it was the pledges of political capital that Hamdok needed to shore up his own position and keep at bay, for at least just a little longer, the still powerful and ascendant forces of Sudan’s military and Rapid Support Forces, who still wield executive authority.

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Senegal slave island, moved by George Floyd’s death, renames Europe Square
Aaron Ross, JULY 7, 2020

DAKAR (Reuters) – Senegal’s Goree Island, which for centuries served as a way station in the Transatlantic slave trade, has changed the name of its Europe Square in response to the death of George Floyd in the United States and the global movement it inspired.

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The Future of Work in Africa : Harnessing the Potential of Digital Technologies for All
By World Bank

The Future of Work in Africa focuses on the key themes of creating productive jobs and addressing the needs of those left behind. It highlights how global trends, especially the adoption of digital technologies, may change the nature of work in Sub-Saharan Africa by creating new opportunities and challenges. It argues that, contrary to global fears of worker displacement by new technologies, African countries can develop an inclusive future of work, with opportunities for lower-skilled workers. Harnessing these opportunities is, however, contingent on implementing policies and making productive investments in four main areas. These are enabling inclusive digital technologies; building human capital for a young, rapidly growing, and largely low-skilled labor force; increasing the productivity of informal workers and enterprises; and extending social protection coverage to mitigate the risks associated with disruptions to labor markets. This companion report to the World Bank’s World Development Report 2019 concludes with important policy questions that should guide future research, whose findings could lead to more inclusive growth for African nations.

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Drifting in West Africa: Chinese distant water fishing in Africa
Posted on Dec 6, 2019 by Admin

As I’m going to the Atlantic with the fishing boat, a moist and astringent sea breeze hit the tidal levee outside the pier, and then the slave island of Gorée was blown back. As a transit point for the black slave trade hundreds of years ago, slave islands transported a batch of black slaves from the African continent to Europe and North America, for them never to see this land again. I lowered my head against the fence on the deck, the dark green waves rolling over the boat, and the waves immediately ignited another wave; and Senegal, which entered the rainy season, was gradually buried in the sea floor.

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Exiles, Entrepreneurs, and Educators: African Americans in Ghana
[المنفيون ورجال الأعمال والمعلمون:  تاريخ الافارقة الأمريكيين في غانا]
Author: Steven Taylor

African Americans have a long history of emigration. In Exiles, Entrepreneurs, and Educators: African Americans in Ghana, Steven J. L. Taylor explores the second wave of African American exiles or repatriates to Ghana in post-1980s. Unlike the first wave of emigrants during the Kwame Nkrumah years (1957-1966), Taylor argues that the second wave is far more diverse and have largely been attracted to entrepreneurial opportunities. More importantly, this book examines the political engagement of African Americans in Ghana’s two-party political system..

Publisher: SUNY Press , 2020.


Development as Rebellion: A Biography of Julius Nyerere
[التنمية كما التمرد: السيرة الذاتية ليوليوس نيريري]
Author: Issa G. Shivji, Saida Yahya-Othman, Ng’wanza Kamata

This is the first comprehensive biography of Julius Nyerere, a national liberation leader, the first president of Tanzania and an outstanding statesman of Africa and the global south. Written by three prominent Tanzanians, the work spans over 1200 pages in three volumes. It delves into Nyerere’s early days among his chiefly family, and the traditions, friends and education that moulded his philosophy and political thought. All these provide the backdrop for his entrance into nationalist politics, the founding of the independence movement and his original experiment with socialism. The book does not shy away from a critical assessment of Nyerere’s life and times. It reveals the philosopher ruler’s dilemmas and tensions between freedom and necessity, determinism and voluntarism and, above all, between territorial nationalism and continental Pan-Africanism.

Publisher: Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, Tanzania, 2020.


Bats of Southern and Central Africa: A biogeographic and taxonomic synthesis
[الخفافيش في جنوب ووسط أفريقيا: تشريح جغرافي وتصنيفي]
Author/s: Ara Monadjem, Fenton (Woody) Cotterill, M. Corrie Schoeman, Peter John Taylor

This revised edition of a book first published in 2010 supplements the original account of the 116 bat species then known to be found in Southern and Central Africa with an additional eight newly described species. The chapters on evolution, biogeography, ecology and echolocation have been updated, citing dozens of recently published papers. The book covers the latest systematic and taxonomic studies, ensuring that the names and relationships of bats in this new edition reflect current scientific knowledge. The species accounts provide descriptions, measurements and diagnostic characters as well as detailed information about the distribution, habitat, roosting habits, foraging ecology and reproduction of each species. The updated species distribution maps are based on 6 100 recorded localities. A special feature of the 2010 publication was the mode of identification of families, genera and species by way of character matrices rather than the more generally used dichotomous keys. Since then these matrices have been tested in the field and, where necessary, slightly altered for this edition. New photographs fill in gaps and updated sonograms aid with bat identification in acoustic surveys. The bibliography, which now contains more than 700 entries, will be an invaluable aid to students and scientists wishing to track down original research..

Publisher: Wits University Press, 2020.



The History of Kiziba and Its Kings: A Translation of Amakuru Ga Kiziba na Abamkama Bamu
[تاريخ كيزيبا وملوكها في شرق أفريقيا]
Author (Editor): Galasius B. Kamanzi, Peter R. Schmidt

This book is a major contribution to the indigenous historical literature of East Africa and Tanzania. Research by King Mutahangarwa (ruled 1903–1916) of Kiziba Kingdom in the early 20th century brought together oral tradition experts from both royal and non-royal clans, with their testimonies recorded by literate scribes, including F. X. Lwamgira. Four decades later the research was published in Kihaya as a 490 page volume that has remained obscure, despite its significance. This authoritative translation makes available for the first time an accessible account of northwestern Tanzanian and southwestern Ugandan history during the pre-colonial and early colonial periods.

Publisher: Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, Tanzania, 2020.


Kaboom! Of Stereotypes and Superheroes – African Comics and Comics on Africa
[كابوم: قراءات عن  الصور النمطية والأبطال الخارقين – كاريكاتير أفريقيا وكاريكاتير عن أفريقيا]
Author (Editors): Corinne Lüthy, Reto Ulrich, Antonio Uribe.

We all know the colonial and stereotypical images of the African continent and of the people living there. Especially older comics such as The Adventures of Tintin or Mickey Mouse have taken up the image of the “untamed” continent with its “wild” inhabitants. Moreover, modern superhero comics mirror the western view of Africa. What about the African point of view, though? The true African comic? The editors of this catalogue present a wide range of African comics: superhero and underground comics as well as comics with propaganda content or an educational focus. Comics are more than just a manifestation of pop culture – during the course of the 20th century, they have developed into a socio-politically influential medium worldwide. Comics are now an object of historical research. They transport the history of their time and depict it. Comics are an integral part of our culture and, through the combination of images and words as an artistic expression, have a history of their own..

Publisher: Basler Afrika Bibliographien, 2020.


Jefferson’s Muslim Fugitives: The Lost Story of Enslaved Africans, their Arabic Letters, and an American President
[الهاربون المسلمون من الرئيس الأمريكي توماس جيفرسون: القصة المفقودة للأفارقة المسترقين ورسائلهم العربية مع رئيس أمريكي]
Author: Jeffrey Einboden

On October 3, 1807, Thomas Jefferson was contacted by an unknown traveler urgently pleading for a private “interview” with the President, promising to disclose “a matter of momentous importance”. By the next day, Jefferson held in his hands two astonishing manuscripts whose history has been lost for over two centuries. Authored by Muslims fleeing captivity in rural Kentucky, these documents delivered to the President in 1807 were penned by literate African slaves, and written entirely in Arabic. Jefferson’s Muslim Fugitives reveals the untold story of two escaped West Africans in the American heartland whose Arabic writings reached a sitting U.S. President, prompting him to intervene on their behalf. Recounting a quest for emancipation that crosses borders of race, region and religion, Jeffrey Einboden unearths Arabic manuscripts that circulated among Jefferson and his prominent peers, including a document from 1780s Georgia which Einboden identifies as the earliest surviving example of Muslim slave authorship in the newly-formed United States. Revealing Jefferson’s lifelong entanglements with slavery and Islam, Jefferson’s Muslim Fugitives tracks the ascent of Arabic slave writings to the highest halls of U.S. power, while questioning why such vital legacies from the American past have been entirely forgotten.

Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2020.

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Research Africa News: June 18th, 2020

Research Africa News: June 18th, 2020


American Spring: How Trump ‘Africanised’ the United States and Sparked an Anti-Racism Movement
Rasna Warah, June 6, 2020

For Africans watching the unfolding uprising in America, the scenes seem eerily familiar, but disconcerting. Suddenly the tables have turned: America is being described in the same way that many African countries are depicted by the Western media; the US is beginning to resemble a failed African state.

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Black Youth Can Now Take Free Trips To Africa
Janice GassamSenior Contributor Diversity & Inclusion

Being able to connect with one’s culture and background is a critical component in the development of an individual’s identity and self-esteem. For many Black Americans, they were not awarded that luxury. Being a descendant of American slaves has left an entire population of people far removed from their culture and history.

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Manufacturers pulling out of China should consider Africa to diversify their supply chain
Stewart Paterson, May 24, 2020

China’s manufacturing domination, with its share of global manufacturing at 28 per cent, has given it considerable economic power. Covid-19 has laid bare China’s willingness to use this power for geopolitical ends and brought home the very real risks of overreliance on any single source for critical supplies. There is a growing sense of urgency for supply chains to become more diversified, which begs the question: who can fill the void?

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Egypt’s attempt to ride on the shoulders of our government and the World Bank – Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Thu, May 21, 2020.
Re: Request to Issue a CBC Resolution Against Egypt’s Letter To the UN Security Council About the Nile River.

I hope this letter finds you well and you are keeping safe. I see this as a historic document and find it important to bring to light that our government, the World Bank and the United Nations Security Council are being used as vehicles by the government of Egypt to impose a colonial-era treaty against 11 black African nations. I am writing about a deeply disturbing case, regarding a letter that the government of Egypt has submitted to the UN Security Council to pressure Ethiopia into signing a neo-colonial agreement that will make Egypt a hegemon over the Nile River. This is inexplicable because 85% of the waters of the Nile river originate from Ethiopia. The remaining 15% is contributed by 10 Sub Saharan Africa Nile basin nations. Egypt contributes 0% to the river flow. At the heart of the Ethio-Egypt problem is a colonial legacy that Egypt is trying to hang on to. Here is how the Brookings Institution presented Egypt’s intentions on April 28, 2015.

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Crimes of Capitalism in Kenya: Press Cuttings on Moi-KANU’s Reign of Terror in Kenya, 1980s-1990s
[جرائم الرأسمالية في كينيا: حصاد الصحافة في عهد موي الدكتاتوري الارهابي في كينيا 1980-1990]
Author (Editor): Shiraz Durrani, Kimani Waweru

This book  covers a shameful period of Kenya’s past under the government of President Daniel arap Moi (1978-2002) who ruled Kenya with an iron fist and conducted his reign of terror on those opposed to his dictatorship. He stifled violently people’s desire for change, equality and justice. He sought to drown the call of the independence movement for land and freedom in blood, torture and loot of national resources. The wounds inflicted on people cannot even begin to be healed unless the full extent of the problem is first brought out in the public domain. But the same comprador regime that instigated these horrors then went on to suppress information about its terrorist rule over unarmed workers, peasants, students, professionals and other progressive people and their underground movements such as the December Twelve Movement and Mwakenya.

Publisher: Vita Books, Kenya, 2020.


Decolonising the Academy: A Case for Convivial Scholarship
[نحو تحرير الأكاديميا من الاستعمار: حالة دراسية للمنح الدراسية باسم الصداقة]
Author:  Francis B. Nyamnjoh

Recurrent clamours by students and academics for universities in Africa and elsewhere, to imbibe and exude a spirit of inclusion are a continual reminder that universities can and need to be much more convivial. Processes of knowledge production that champion delusions of superiority and zero-sum games of absolute winners and losers are elitist and un-convivial. Academic disciplines tend to encourage introversion and emphasise exclusionary fundamentalisms of heartlands rather than highlight inclusionary overtures of borderlands. Frequenting crossroads and engaging in frontier conversations are frowned upon, if not prohibited. The scarcity of conviviality in universities, within and between disciplines, and among scholars results in highly biased knowledge processes. The production and consumption of knowledge are socially and politically mediated by webs of humanity, hierarchies of power, and instances of human agency. Given the resilience of colonial education throughout Africa and among Africans, endogenous traditions of knowledge are barely recognised and grossly underrepresented. What does conviviality in knowledge production entail? It involves conversing and collaborating across disciplines and organisations and integrating epistemologies informed by popular universes and ideas of reality. Convivial scholarship is predicated upon recognising and providing for incompleteness – in persons, disciplines, and traditions of knowing and knowledge making.

Publisher: Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Namibia, 2020.

Beyond Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition
[تاملات ما بعد الاستعمارية: المواطنة والحرية في التقليد الفكري الكاريبي]
Author: Aaron Kamugisha

Against the lethargy and despair of the contemporary Anglophone Caribbean experience, Aaron Kamugisha gives a powerful argument for advancing Caribbean radical thought as an answer to the conundrums of the present. Beyond Coloniality is an extended meditation on Caribbean thought and freedom at the beginning of the 21st century and a profound rejection of the postindependence social and political organization of the Anglophone Caribbean and its contentment with neocolonial arrangements of power. Kamugisha provides a dazzling reading of two towering figures of the Caribbean intellectual tradition, C. L. R. James and Sylvia Wynter, and their quest for human freedom beyond coloniality. Ultimately, he urges the Caribbean to recall and reconsider the radicalism of its most distinguished 20th-century thinkers in order to imagine a future beyond neocolonialism.

Publisher: Indiana University Press, 2019.


Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS and the Anglican Church in Southern Malawi
[الصحة الجنسية والانجابية  وفيروس نقص المناعة البشرية لدى المرأة و علاقتها بالكنيسة الانجليكانية في جنوب ملاوي]
Author:  Chimwemwe Kalalo

Although research shows that a great percentage of the Malawian population is quite knowledgeable about HIV/Aids transmission and prevention, the epidemic still continues to kill at a fast rate, and the government and other stakeholders including the faith communities are continuously meeting the challenges of HIV/Aids. Many women in Malawi have died, infected and affected by the HIV pandemic because of, among other factors, a negative approach to their own sexuality. Culture, economy, ethics and values do influence a woman’s sexual health, consequently affecting the whole family. In the mid 19th century when Christianity was introduced into Malawi, the missionaries took great concern at improving people’s health. One such mission was the Universities Mission to Central Africa as a pioneer of the Anglican Church in Malawi. Since then to the present, the Church has worked as a team with the government in the provision of medical services in Malawi and in its fight against HIV/Aids This book therefore looks at how adequately the Anglican Church in the Upper Shire Diocese responds to the issue of women’s sexual reproductive health in the context of HIV/Aids. Improving the status of women is not only a matter of theology but of ethics, health and survival. This challenges churches to change some of their attitudes and visions and to undertake new and creative initiatives in their pastoral ministry.

Publisher: Mzuni Press, Malawi, 2020.


Black Political Thought: From David Walker to the Present
[الفكر السياسي لدى السود: من ديفيد ووكر الى الوقت الحاضر]
Author:  Sherrow O Pinder.

In Black Political Thought: From David Walker to the Present, Sherrow O. Pinder has brought together the writings and discourses central to black political thought and African American politics, compiling a unique anthology of speeches and articles from over 150 years of African American history. Providing in-depth examinations and critical analyses of topics such as slavery, reconstruction, race and racism, black nationalism and black feminism – from a range of perspectives – students are equipped with a comprehensive and informative account of how these issues have fundamentally shaped and continue to shape black political thinking. Each of the six thematic parts is framed by an introduction written by black scholars working in the field, and a list of further readings. Individual chapters are then enhanced by end-of-chapter questions and author biographies. Written for the interdisciplinary field of black studies, and other social science and humanities disciplines, this textbook offers a unique resource for political scientists, sociologists, historians, feminists, and the general reader of black political thought.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Dialogues in Climate and Environmental Research, Policy and Planning: A Special Focus on Zimbabwe
[حوارات في مجال البحوث المناخية والبيئية والسياسية والتخطيط مع التركيز على زيمبابوي]
Author: Innocent Chirisa

Climate change is the topic of the century. It is a subject of discussion by sceptics, heretics and those that have immersed in it as a serious debate for engagement. In this volume, the matter is localised to the plateau bordered by the great rivers of Limpopo to the south and Zambezi to the north. Evidence has it that climate change is inducing immense environmental change hitherto unknown including water stress and droughts, heat waves and flooding. The effects span across all sectors – agriculture, forestry, engineering, construction and other socio-economic dimensions of life. When an issue becomes such topical, it becomes political but also courts policy debate. The thrust of this volume is to explore into climate change as an environmental concern begging government attention and requiring prioritisation as a shaper of our future, whether we set to put mitigation or adaptation measures in place, or we choose to do nothing about it, as sceptics would perhaps suggest. The book explores climate change as a theoretical, policy, technical and practical debate as it affects sectors and rural and urban spatialities in Zimbabwe. Contributions explore such themes as regional research, gender, disaster preparedness, policymaking, resilience, governance, urban planning, risk management, environmental law, and the food-water-health-energy-climate change nexus.

Publisher: Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon, 2020.

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