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ANN: Roundtable Discussion - books and long-format journalism in African political and cultural affairs

Roundtable discussion on the role of books and long-format journalism on African political and cultural affairs

When: 12 September 2018, 15:30pm
Where: African Studies Association UK conference, Birmingham

African Arguments is the world’s most successful English language book series and blog, publishing research and long-format journalism which engages with policy work, activism and the public at large.

Reply: Seeking Film/Movie/Documentary Suggestions on Pre-Apartheid History in South Africa

Sadly, many of the films you find that cover this period are going to be from either white perspectives, or problematic from a racial sense.
The first that comes to mind are the multiple biopics about Cecil Rhodes, including "Rhodes of Africa" (1936) and the horrendously epic BBC mini series "Rhodes: The Life and Legend of Cecil Rhodes" (1996).

TOC: Journal of Natal and Zulu History (Relaunch Issue): Volume 32, Issue 1, 2018

First published as an annual in 1978, as a postgraduate initiative out of the History department of the then University of Natal (South Africa), the Journal of Natal and Zulu History invited original interdisciplinary work on the region from historians, archaeologists, anthropologists and political economists, and review pieces on Southern Africa more broadly.

CFP: 2019 North Eastern Workshop on Southern Africa (NEWSA)

This is a call for papers and discussants for the fifteenth North Eastern Workshop on Southern Africa (NEWSA). We encourage scholars from all disciplines who are currently working on southern Africa (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) to submit proposals.

Query: Seeking Film/Movie/Documentary Suggestions on Pre-Apartheid History in South Africa

I'm looking for suggestions on any historically-based films that cover South Africa prior to apartheid. Beyond "The Life and Times of Sarah Baartman"  and the Zulu-based material, does anyone have suggestions on film that covers this period? Film that explores the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Gary Marquardt

Professor of History

Westminster College

Seeking fellow panelists on Black Internationalism in Africa at the AAIHS conference

I'd like to form a panel for the upcoming African American Intellectual History Society conference that deals with Black internationalism in Africa and/or among people living on the African continent.  My own paper will consider the early development of a black international identity in Ghana (the Gold Coast) in the nineteenth century.