African Studies

African Studies

episodes

Interviews with scholars of Africa about their new books.

Toby Green, "A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution" (U Chicago Press, 2019)

July 15, 2024

A Fistful of Shells

Toby Green
Hosted by Mark Klobas

All too often, the history of early modern Africa is told from the perspective of outsiders. In his book A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Ris…

Miranda Melcher, "Securing Peace in Angola and Mozambique: The Importance of Specificity in Peace Treaties" (Bloomsbury, 2024)

July 8, 2024

Securing Peace in Angola and Mozambique

Miranda Melcher
Hosted by Margot Tudor

Explaining how and why there are such diverging outcomes of UN peace negotiations and treaties, this book offers a detailed examination of peace proce…

Holly Ashford, "Development and Women's Reproductive Health in Ghana, 1920-1982" (Routledge, 2022)

July 2, 2024

Development and Women's Reproductive Health in Ghana, 1920-1982

Holly Ashford

Between the 1920s and 1980s, the choices that Ghanaian women made regarding their reproductive health were defined by development policy and practice.…

Kehbuma Langmia, "Black 'Race' and the White Supremacy Saga" (Anthem Press, 2024)

July 1, 2024

Black 'Race' and the White Supremacy Saga

Kehbuma Langmia
Hosted by Anna Lindner

Dr. Langmia's book Black 'Race' and the White Supremacy Saga (Anthem Press, 2024) examines the conundrum that has haunted the Black and White ancestry…

Life in a New Language, Part 3: African Migrants

June 26, 2024

Life in a New Language

Vera Williams Tetteh

This episode of the Language on the Move Podcast is part of the Life in a New Language series. Life in a New Language is a new book just out from Oxfo…

Thomas Hendriks, "Rainforest Capitalism: Power and Masculinity in a Congolese Timber Concession" (Duke UP, 2021)

June 25, 2024

Rainforest Capitalism

Thomas Hendriks

In this episode we are joined by Thomas Hendriks, an anthropologist studying capitalism and resource extraction in the Democratic Republic of Congo. H…

Edward A. Alpers and Thomas F. McDow, "A Primer for Teaching Indian Ocean World History: Ten Design Principles" (Duke UP, 2024)

June 25, 2024

A Primer for Teaching Indian Ocean World History

Edward A. Alpers and Thomas F. McDow
Hosted by Ahmed Almaazmi

A Primer for Teaching Indian Ocean World History: Ten Design Principles (Duke UP, 2024) is a guide for college and high school educators who are teach…

PhDing While Parenting

June 20, 2024

PhDing While Parenting

Sisanda Nkoala

An increasing number of students worldwide attend graduate school while simultaneously navigating a variety of competing responsibilities in their per…

Stephen Marr and Patience Mususa, "DIY Urbanism in Africa: Politics and Practice" (Zed Books, 2023)

June 14, 2024

DIY Urbanism in Africa

Stephen Marr and Patience Mususa
Hosted by Aleem Mahabir

Protracted economic crises, accelerating inequalities, and increased resource scarcity present significant challenges for the majority of Africa's urb…

Asaf Elia-Shalev, "Israel's Black Panthers: The Radicals Who Punctured a Nation's Founding Myth" (U California Press, 2024)

June 7, 2024

Israel's Black Panthers

Asaf Elia-Shalev
Hosted by Roberto Mazza

Asaf Elia-Shalev's book Israel's Black Panthers: The Radicals Who Punctured a Nation's Founding Myth (U California Press, 2024) tells the story of the…

Aaron Eddens, "Seeding Empire: American Philanthrocapital and the Roots of the Green Revolution in Africa" (U California Press, 2024)

June 6, 2024

Seeding Empire

Aaron Eddens
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In Seeding Empire: American Philanthrocapital and the Roots of the Green Revolution in Africa (University of California Press, 2024), Dr. Aaron Eddens…

Vince Brown, Caribbean Vectors (EF, JP)

June 6, 2024

Caribbean Vectors

Vince Brown

The largest slave uprising in the 18th century British Caribbean was also a node of the global conflict called the Seven Year’s War, though it isn’t u…

Jennifer Hart on African Mobility and Infrastructure

June 3, 2024

Jennifer Hart on African Mobility and Infrastructure

Jennifer Hart
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

Peoples & Things host Lee Vinsel talks to Jennifer Hart, Professor and Chair of the History Department at Virginia Tech, about her work on the history…

South Africa Goes to the Polls: A Discussion with Carolyn Holmes

May 31, 2024

South Africa Goes to the Polls

Carolyn Holmes
Hosted by Ufahamu Africa

On May 29, South Africans voted in the seventh election since the end of political apartheid in the early 1990s. This is the first election in which t…

Polo B. Moji, "Gender and the Spatiality of Blackness in Contemporary AfroFrench Narratives" (Routledge, 2022)

May 31, 2024

Gender and the Spatiality of Blackness in Contemporary AfroFrench Narratives

Polo B. Moji

Polo B. Moji's book Gender and the Spatiality of Blackness in Contemporary AfroFrench Narratives (Routledge, 2022) approaches the study of AfroEurope …

Nisrin Elamin on the Conflict in Sudan

May 30, 2024

The Conflict in Sudan

Nisrin Elamin
Hosted by Ufahamu Africa

Nisrin Elamin is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Toronto whose work investigates the connections between land, race, belon…

Democratic Crisis in Senegal

May 29, 2024

Democratic Crisis in Senegal

Bamba Ndiaye and Michelle D. Gavin
Hosted by Ufahamu Africa

Senegalese President Macky Sall has postponed the country’s presidential elections originally scheduled for February 25. It's part of a series of conc…

Stuart A. Reid, "The Lumumba Plot: The Secret History of the CIA and a Cold War Assassination" (Knopf, 2023)

May 19, 2024

The Lumumba Plot

Stuart A. Reid
Hosted by Andrew Pace

Today I talked to Stuart Reid about his new book The Lumumba Plot: The Secret History of the CIA and a Cold War Assassination (Knopf, 2023). It was s…

Christopher Tounsel, "Bounds of Blackness: African Americans, Sudan, and the Politics of Solidarity" (Cornell UP, 2024)

May 15, 2024

Bounds of Blackness

Christopher Tounsel
Hosted by Kishauna Soljour

Christopher Tounsel's book Bounds of Blackness: African Americans, Sudan, and the Politics of Solidarity (Cornell UP, 2024) explores the history of Bl…

Shelley X. Liu, "Governing After War: Rebel Victories and Post-War Statebuilding" (Oxford UP, 2024)

May 13, 2024

Governing After War

Shelley X. Liu
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Governing After War: Rebel Victories and Post-war Statebuilding (Oxford University Press, 2024) by Dr. Shelley X. Liu explores how wartime processes a…