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Recent Discussion Posts

Paul Richards - new Ebola book launch, 19 October, LSHTM

Paul Richards' new book published in the African Arguments series (IAI/Zed) is being launched at an event with Peter Piot and Melissa Parker of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London on Wednesday 19 October from 5pm. See details at:


All welcome


Stephanie Kitchen

CFP: African Literature Association (ALA 2017) Panel, “Redeeming Ethnography”

At last year’s conference in Atlanta, then-president of the ALA, Moradewun Adejunmobi, introduced keynote speaker Chris Abani by praising his writing, remarking that it is “not anthropology passed off as literature.” Her remarks reflect African literary studies’ long history of mistrust of anthropology. Yet as more and more scholars trained in literary studies move into the broader field of cultural studies, leaving libraries to do “fieldwork,” we need to come to terms with the anthropological tool of ethnography.

Book Review: Black London: The Imperial Metropolis and Decolonization in the Twentieth Century.Berkeley:

X-posted from H-Empire

Marc Matera. Black London: The Imperial Metropolis and Decolonization in the Twentieth Century.Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015. 414 pp. $29.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-520-28430-2.

ASMEA Ninth Annual Conference, October 27 - 29, 2016

The Ninth Annual ASMEA Conference titled, “Taking the Long View: Assessing Change in the Middle East and Africa,” will be held October 27 - October 29, 2016 at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Keynote Address, "The Pathology of Middle Eastern Studies,” will be delivered by Prof. Martin Kramer, President of Shalem College and author of Ivory Towers on Sand.