Recent publications on Lusophone Africa

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As usual, our colleagues are publishing wonderful books and articles and blogs at a fast pace - I hope this list will help you all keep up with the Lusophone literaure! Note also the multiple sources on Amílcar Cabral in the Blogs and News section, marking 50 years since his assassination.

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Malyn Newitt, The Zambezi: A History (Hurst, 2022),

Boaventura Monjane, “Resisting agrarian neoliberalism and authoritarianism: Struggles towards a progressive rural future in Mozambique,” Journal of Agrarian Change 23, 1 (January 2023): 185-203,

Paulo Ricardo Muller, “Tradição, masculinidades e posições de sujeito: uma etnografia entre homens em Cabinda,” Revista de Antropologia 66 (2023)

Bjørn Enge Bertelsen, “Egalitarian Lives and Violence: Community Policing in Mozambique,” Social Analysis 66, 3 (2023): 104-125, special issue on “Egalitarian Life and Life Forms: Ethnographic Perspectives on Political Experimentation”

Joshua Kirshner and Idalina Baptista, “Corridors as empty signifiers: The entanglement of Mozambique’s colonial past and present in its development corridors,” Planning Perspectives, (2023) pre-publication, open access,

Ana Vaz Milheiro, “Cabo Verde Boletim de Propaganda e Informação (1949-64): from propaganda to the demands for change at the periphery of the Portuguese empire,” in The Built Environment through the Prism of the Colonial Periodical Press, ed., Alice Santiago Faria, Anne Shelley, and Sandra Ataíde Lobo (Routledge, 2023); also includes several articles on Goa;

Kaian Lam, “‘In poverty we will always stay’: history of famine and contemporary politics of social in-distinction in Cape Verde,” Food, Culture & Society 26, 1 (2023): 63-78,

Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues, “Built on Expectations: Angolan and Mozambican Emergent and Stagnant Rural Towns,” African Study Monographs 42 (2022): 187-204,

Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues, Hesitant migration to emergent cities: Angola’s intentional urbanism of the ‘centralidades’,” City 26, 5-6, (2022) 848-869,

Deborah Fahy Bryceson, Katherine V. Gough, Jesper Bosse Jønsson, Crispin Kinabo, Michael Clarke Shand, Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues, and Paul W. K. Yankson, “Mineralized Urbanization in Africa in The Twenty-First Century: Becoming Urban through Mining Extraction,” [includes diamonds in Angola], International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 46, 2 (May 2022): 342-369;

Lisandra Franco de Mendonça, “Lost in translation: colonial heritage and Amnesia in an African city: Maputo’s City of Cement,” Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability (2022), pre-publication view,

Ruth Castel-Branco, “Contradictions of the peasantry in Mozambique,” Actuel Marx 72, 2 (July 2022): 41-58,

Eric Morier-Genoud, “Concordat, Concordat …Church–State Relations in the Portuguese Empire (1940–1974),” in Church-State Relations in Africa in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Mission, Empire, and the Holy See, ed., Jairzinho Lopes Pereira, 111-134 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022),
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Isaac Saney, Cuba, Africa, and Apartheid's End: Africa's Children Return! (Lexington, 2023),'s-End-Africa's-Children-Return

Álvaro Vasconcelos, Memórias em Tempo de Amnésia - Volume I: Uma campa em África (Edições Afrontamento, 2022)

Marina Padrão Temudo and Ana I. R. Cabral, “Climate change as the last trigger in a long-lasting conflict: the production of vulnerability in northern Guinea-Bissau, West Africa,” Journal of Peasant Studies 50, 1 (2023): 315-338,

Jason Eligh, “A Powder Storm: The Cocaine Markets of East ad Southern Africa,” Global Initiation against Transnational Organized Crime (Dec 2022),

Ananya Jahanara Kabir, “The Creolizing Turn and Its Archipelagic Directions,” Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry 10, 1 (2023): 90-103, includes brief reference to Cabo Verde, and is part of a special dossier on “The Creolizing Turn and Its Archipelagic Directions;”

Abigail Joy Moffett, “Africa, South: Indian Ocean and Atlantic Connections,” Reference Module in Social Sciences (2023),

Europa Publications, Africa South of the Sahara 2023 (Routledge, 2023), includes the following articles:
Angola: Recent History, and Economy, both by Brad Safarik;
Cabo Verde: Recent History, and Economy, both by Gerhard Seibert;
Guinea-Bissau: Recent History, and Economy, both by Marie Gibert;
Mozambique: Recent History, by Marisé Castro, Economy, by Robert E. Looney
São Tomé and Príncipe: Recent History, and Economy, both by Gerhard Seibert


Blogs and News:

Gerhard Seibert, “São Tomé: o massacre de Batepá (1953-2023),” setenta e quatro (2 feb 2023),

Inês Nascimento Rodrigues, “As múltiplas vidas de Batepá: memórias de um massacre colonial em São Tomé e Príncipe,” setenta e quatro (2 feb 2023),

“Mozambique — Emergency Tracking Tool Report 192 (28 Dec 2022 – 2 Jan 2023 – Cabo Delgado),” DTM (Displacement Tracking Matrix), earlier reports also available,

Zee Ngema, “Netflix Announces New Documentary Series, ‘African Queens,’” OkayAfrica (Jan 18, 2023), first episode on Queen Njinga to air Feb 15, 2023,

“Escritor angolano Ondjaki vence Prémio Literário Vergílio Ferreira 2023,” Público (Jan 11 2023)

Nelson Capaina, “Challenges and Opportunities in Rice Production in Lower Zambezi: The Case of Zambézia Province,” Observador Rural 132 (Nov 2022),

“Dossier Amílcar Cabral,” Memorial 2019, many links to an informative collection of material,

Bárbara Reis, “50 anos depois, Amílcar Cabral está esquecido e está na moda,” Público (14 Jan 2023)

Carlos Lopes, “Aquele que Mantem a Esperança: Amílcar Cabral,” Africa Cheetah Run, Carlos Lopes’ Blog (Dec 19, 2022) [and check out his other posts and information at his site],

“Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò and Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò on Cabral,” Classical Philosophy (Jan 22, 2023), 30-minute podcast,

Peter Karibe Mendy, Amílcar Cabral: Um Nacionalista e Pan-Africansta Revolucionário (Portuguese version of his Ohio University Press book, Editora Luta Anticapital, Brasil, 2023), Book launch, 1-hour video,

Kevin Dawson, “For Some Enslaved Africans, Water Was a Savior,” Verso, Huntington Library (Feb 7, 2023), interesting essay, with a brief reference to Luanda,

University of Montana Mansfield Center, Portuguese Language Culture and Regional Studies Instructor, “must be fluent in Portuguese language and specialize in west Africa / Angola / Mozambique and Cape Verde Portuguese language dialects and culture. demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English.” Deadline “priority,” Jan 22, 2023, but screening will continue until position is filled.

Cape Verdean Museum Grand Opening, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, September 17, 2022, entire 2 hour and 45-minute ceremony at:

O Grupo de Mulheres de Partilha de Ideias de Sofala (GMPIS) is raising funds to support women in Cabo Delgado, see their GoFundMe page:; to see some reports about their ongoing work primarily in Sofala province, check out their Facebook page: