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H-Net and African Studies at the African Studies Association meeting in San Diego

Please join us at a roundtable discussion about H-Net and African Studies at the African Studies Association meeting in San Diego later this month. 

We will be meeting on Friday at 4:00 to 5:45 pm, session VIII-C-2, Digital Networking and Community Building: H-Net and African Studies. 

Lorna Zukas of H-Africa and Kathleen Sheldon and Rosa Williams of H-Luso-Africa are listed in the program, and we expect other H-Net editors from H-West-Africa and H-AfrArts, who couldn’t be officially listed in the program, to join us.

PODCAST: Creativity and Decolonization: Nigerian Cultures and African Epistemologies (Africa Past and Present, Episode 96)

Episode 96 of Africa Past and Present -- the podcast about African history, culture, and politics -- is now available at: http://afripod.aodl.org/2015/11/afripod-96/

In this episode, Professor Toyin Falola (History, Texas; President, African Studies Association) on Yoruba history and culture; language policy in Nigeria; creativity and decolonization; community action in "hyper-modern" times, and the meaning of Buhari's victory in the 2015 Nigerian presidential election.

17 Nov: Reading Books By Their Covers: What 10,000 Mauritanian Manuscripts Tell Us About 350 Years of an Islamic Culture

Dear Colleagues,

We are holding a lecture tomorrow on Mauritanian manuscripts at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Please find details below.

With thanks,



Date: Tuesday, 17 November, 5pm (Registration required)

Venue: Nihon Room, Pembroke College Cambridge, Trumpington St, Cambridge, UK

Final Call: Sufism and Islamic Manuscript Culture – The Eleventh Islamic Manuscript Conference

Dear Colleagues,

The theme of The Islamic Manuscript Association’s Eleventh Islamic Manuscript Conference is 'Sufism and Islamic Manuscript Culture’; it will be hosted by the University of Cambridge at Magdalene College on 13–15 September 2016 and is open to both members and non-members of the Association. The Call for Papers ends a week today on Monday, 23 November 2015 and is also open to submissions not related to the main theme. Please circulate this call to colleagues and students.

With thanks,