Recent publications on Lusophone Africa

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Here is a long list of recent publications to keep you all busy reading research by your friends and colleagues:


Marissa Moorman, “Guerrilla Broadcasters and the Unnerved Colonial State in Angola (1961-74),” Journal of African History 59, 2 (2018): 241-261.


David Morton, “The Shape of Aspiration: Clandestine Masonry House Construction in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique (1960-75),” Journal of African History 59, 2 (2018): 283-304.


Mariana Candido, Fronteiras da Escravidão: escravatura, comércio e identidade em Benguela, 1780-1850, trans. from Spanish (Benguela: Ondjiri, 2018)


Christoph Kalter, “Rückkehr oder Flucht? Dekolonisierung, Zwangsmigration und Portugals ‘retornados’,” Geschichte und Gesellschaft 44, 2 (2018): 250-284. [Return or Flight? Decolonization, Forced Migration, and Portugal’s ‘retornados’]. Article in German, English abstract at the link:


Todd Cleveland, “Feeding the Aversion: Agriculture and the Eschewal of Mining Technology on Angola’s Colonial-era Diamond Mines, 1917-75,” Agricultural History 92, 3 (Summer 2018): 328-350.


Pedro Lopes de Almeida, “The Past Is a Foreign Photo: Image and Travel Writing in the Benguela Railway, Angola, 1920-1930,” e-Journal of Portuguese History 16, 1 (Jun. 2018): pp. 75-96. Link: 


Kezia Lartey and Brandon D. Lundy, “Policy Considerations regarding the Integration of Lusophone West Africa Immigrant Populations,” Border Crossing 7, 1 (2017): 108-121.


Brandon D. Lundy, Mark Patterson, and Alex O’Neill, “Drivers and Deterrents of Entrepreneurial Enterprise in the Risk Prone Global South [Guinea-Bissau],” Economic Anthropology 4, 1 (2017): 65-81.  


Marcus Power and Joshua Kirshner, “Powering the state: The political geographies of electrification in Mozambique,” Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space (2018) prepublication view,


Juan Obarrio, “Third Contact: Invisibility and Recognition of the Customary in Northern Mozambique,” The Politics of Custom: Chiefship, Capital, and the State in Contemporary Africa, ed. by John L. Comaroff and Jean Comaroff (University of Chicago, 2018)


Claire B. Cole, Julio Pacca, Alicia Mehl, Anna Tomasulo, Luc van der Veken, Adalgisa Viola, and Valéry Ridde, “Toward Communities as Systems: A Sequential Mixed Methods Study to Understand Factors Enabling Implementation of a Skilled Birth Attendance Intervention in Nampula Province, Mozambique,” Reproductive Health 15 (2018): 132. Available via open access:


UNIOGBIS and ISS, Que reformas institucionais para a Guiné-Bissau?

versão inglesa:


Jara M. Ríos Rodrígues, “Undoing the Human: The Rituals of Nearing the Animals in Clarice Lispector and Mia Couto,” Ph.D. diss., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2018


Caio Simões de Araújo, Diplomacy of blood and fire: Portuguese decolonization and the race question, ca. 1945-1968, Ph.D. diss., Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, 2017


Sarah Ashby, The Lusophone World: The Evolution of Portuguese National Narratives (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2017)
(Review by Pedro Lopes de Almeida in Revista de Estudos Literários 7 (Jul 2018): 438-444.

Also, Sarah Ashby, Striking a Balance: An Analysis of Portugal’s European and Lusophone Affiliations and Their Effect on the Evolution of Portuguese National Narratives, Ph.D. diss., Brown University, 2015, is available at this link:



News and blogs:


“Burnings and Beheadings: A bubbling Islamist insurgency in Mozambique could grow deadlier,” The Economist (9 Aug 2018) (Limited access here:


Catherine Tilke, “In Pictures: Portugal’s Lingering Influence in Zanzibar,” (photos from a festival in Pemba) BBC News (12 Aug 2018)


Erick Kabendera, “Militants in Mozambique could be Tanzanian,” The East African (11 Aug 2018)


Nicholas Bariyo, “Emerging Militant Group Threatens Villages, Gas Projects in Mozambique,” Wall Street Journal (30 July 2018) (Behind a paywall).


“Moçambique: Influência da FRELIMO continuará por décadas, diz investigador,” interview with Mustapha Dhada, Deutsche Welle (21 Aug 2018)çambique-influência-da-frelimo-continuará-por-décadas-diz-investigador/a-45156153