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Recent Discussion Posts

Call for Panelists: Theorizing Urban Space, Lagos Studies Association Conference (Lagos, Nigeria, June 27-29, 2019)

What passes for theory in African Urban Studies is dominated predominantly by cases and examples from Western cities and critics.  Thus we find that thinkers like Walter Benjamin, Henri Lefebvre, Edward Soja, and Michel Foucault are the main theorists that are drawn upon whereas African cities tend to elude much of this theory. 


‘Ports & People in Commodity History’, International Workshop, Glasgow, 5-6 September 2019

Long gone seem the days when empires were described as political entities tightly controlled by metropolitan elites. On the one hand, some imperial historians stress that empires cooperated in collective (or condominial) imperialism. On the other hand, microhistories of people operating across imperial boundaries, and against the grain of imperial policies, provide a more nuanced understanding of how empires were also constructed, co-opted and constrained from below.

TOC: Journal of Eastern African Studies, 12.4

Journal of Eastern African Studies

Volume 12, Issue 4

Table of Contents


Post-imperial statecraft: high modernism and the politics of land dispossession in Ethiopia’s pastoral frontier
Asebe Regassa & Benedikt Korf
Pages: 613-631

Michigan State University Special Collections Summer Research Fellowships - Call for Applications

Michigan State University Libraries invites applications for research fellowships for the summer of 2019. These fellowships are to support the financial needs of visiting scholars who live more than 100 miles from East Lansing and whose research would benefit from on-site access to materials housed in MSU Libraries’ Special Collections.

New Book: Africa's Cause Must Triumph: The Collected Writings of A.P. Mda by Robert Edgar and Luyanda Msumza

Dear Readers,

A new book that might be of interest,  Africa's Cause Must Triumph: The Collected Writings of A.P. Mda by Robert Edgar and Luyanda ka Msumza

Published by Best Red/HSRC Press, 2018