Recent publications on Lusophone Africa

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As we enter into month whatever of various stages of pandemic lockdown, here is a list of some great material to read and even a movie to stream while you are stuck at home. I hope everyone is well.


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Redemption (Resgate), Mozambican film (2019), is now available to stream at Netflix,


John S. Saul, “The African hero in Mozambican history: on assassinations and executions – Part I,” Review of African Political Economy, 47:163 (2020): 153-165,


Maria José Lobo Antunes, “A crack in everything: Violence in soldiers’ narratives about the Portuguese colonial war in Angola,” History and Anthropology, (2020) pre-publication view,


Morten Nielsen, “Rooftop Autophagy: Vertical Monadism in Maputo, Mozambique,” Urban Forum 31, 2 (June 2020),


Morten Nielsen, Will the urban middle class save African Cities? Or just itself? [based on research in Maputo] MCU Policy Brief #2. Middle Class Urbanism Policy Briefs (Copenhagen: National Museum of Denmark (2020)


Amanda Palomo Alves, “O ‘Agrupamento Kissanguela’ e a canção no pós-independência em Angola (1975-1979),” Afro-Ásia no. 60 (2019), [And check the Sumário for several book reviews on Lusophone Africa]


Mariana Armond Dias Paes, “Shared Atlantic legal culture: the case of a freedom suit in Benguela,” Atlantic Studies 17, 3 (2020): 419-440,


Randy J. Sparks, “On the frontlines of slave trade abolition: British consuls combat state capture in Cuba and Mozambique,” Atlantic Studies 17, 3 (2020): 327-347,


Jocelyn Alexander and Joann McGregor, “Adelante! Military Imaginaries, the Cold War, and Southern Africa's Liberation Armies,” Comparative Studies in Society and History 62, 3 (July 2020): 619-650 [about Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) veterans trained by Cuban and Soviet instructors in Angola in the late 1970s]


Joanna Davidson, “The Problem with Widows,” [Guinea-Bissau] American Ethnologist 47, 1 (February 2020): 43-57,


Francesca Salvi, “Silence, Invisibility and Agency: Concealing Pregnancies at School in Mozambique,” Gender, Place and Culture 27, 8 (August 2020): 1195-1213,


Julie Soleil Archambault, “Concrete violence, indifference and future-making in Mozambique,” Critique of Anthropology prepublication view,


Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo and José Pedro Monteiro, “The Inventors of Human Rights in Africa: Portugal, Late Colonialism, and the UN Human Rights Regime,” in Decolonization, Self-Determination, and the Rise of Global Human Rights Politics, ed., Roland Burke, Marco Duranti, and A. Dirk Moses (Cambridge University Press, 2020), pp. 285-315.


Maria Paula Meneses, “Tastes, Aromas, and Knowledges: Challenges to a Dominant Epistemology,” [Mozambique and Indian Ocean food history], in Knowledges Born in the Struggle: Constructing the Epistemologies of the Global South, ed., Boaventura de Sousa Santos and Maria Paula Meneses (Routledge, 2019)


Alicia L. Monroe, “Kongo Symbols, Catholic Celebrations: Adornment and Spiritual Power in Nineteenth-Century Religious Festivals in São Paulo, Brazil,” Journal of Africana Religions 8, 2 (2020): 202-231


Pedro Pinto and Robin Law, “New Evidence on Relations between Portugal and the Kingdom of Allada in the Sixteenth Century,” History in Africa, 47 (2020): 37-49 DOI:


Aurora Almada e Santos, “The United Nations and Information Gathering on Portuguese Colonies, 1961-1962,” in The United Nations and Decolonization, ed., Nicole Eggers, Jessica Lynne Pearson, and Aurora Almada e Santos (Routledge, 2020)


Thomas Waller, “Spectres of a petrostate: critical irrealism and social contradiction in Ondjaki’s Os Transparentes,” African Identities, 18:1-2, Special issue on Marxism and African Literatures: New Interventions (2020) 109-129,  


Rosimina Ali, “Job Creation and Social Conditions of Labor in the Forestry Agro-Industry in Mozambique,” in The Palgrave Handbook of Agricultural and Rural Development in Africa, ed., Evans S. Osabuohien, 571-610 (Palgrave, 2020)


Nicholas R. Jones, Staging Habla de Negros: Radical Performance of the African Diaspora in Early Modern Spain (Penn State University Press, 2020) [I know, Spain is not Portugal, but still of interest!] -- published in the book series, Iberian Encounter and Exchange, 475–1755, more information here:



Lena Dallywater, Chris Saunders, and Helder Adegar Fonseca, eds., Southern African Liberation Movements and the Global Cold War ‘East’: Transnational Activism 1960–1990; Series: Dialectics of the Global, 4 (De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2019)

Includes these articles:


Helder Adegar Fonseca, “The Military Training of Angolan Guerrillas in Socialist Countries: A Prosopographical Approach, 1961–1974,” 103–128


Natalia Telepneva, “‘Letters from Angola’: Soviet Print Media and the Liberation of Angola and Mozambique, 1961–1975,” 129–150


Milorad Lazic, “Comrades in Arms: Yugoslav Military Aid to Liberation Movements of Angola and Mozambique, 1961–1976,” 151–180



The following is a selection of articles concerning Africa (Hispanophone and Lusophone), from the full table of contents of 35 chapters. Thanks to Robert Patrick Newcomb for sharing this selection, as the full TOC is not available at the website, though it can be viewed on Amazon via the Look Inside feature.


Transatlantic Studies: Latin America, Iberia, and Africa, ed., Cecilia Enjuto-Rangel, Sebastiaan Faber, Pedro García-Caro, and Robert Patrick Newcomb (Liverpool University Press, 2019)


Lisa Surwillo, “Transatlantic Currents: Oceaning Crossings in Novás Calvo’s El negrero"


Benita Sampedro Vizcaya, “Inscribing Islands: From Cuba to Fernando Pó and Back”


Brad Epps, “Looping the Loop: The African Vector in Hispanic Transatlantic Studies”


Silvia Bermudez, “‘Africa begins in…’: Donato Ndongo Bidyogo’s and Francisco Zamora Loboch’s Transatlantic Cartographies”


N. Michelle Murray, “Coerced Migration and Sex Trafficking: Transoceanic Circuits of Enslavement” 


Lanie Miller, “Nicolás Guillén and Poesia Negra de Expressão Portuguesa (1953)”




News and Blogs:


Jared Staller, a thread on Twitter on Amador’s Revolt on São Tomé [July 9, 1595] (posted on July 9, 2020)


Ana Naomi de Sousa, “Hundreds join protests in Portugal after murder of Black man: Outcry in several cities after 39-year-old father of three was killed at point-blank range in Lisbon,” Al Jazeera (1 Aug 2020)