Recent publications on Lusophone Africa

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Here is a new list of recent publications on Lusophone Africa, with a lot of books and articles of interest. And this list is definitely new, I seem to have posted the same list twice recently!

Almost everything on this list was sent to me by the authors (or friends of the authors), so do send along your own publication information. It will save me a lot of time and effort if you submit it in citation format, and with a link if available, to

Stephanie J. Urdang, Mapping My Way Home: Activism, Nostalgia, and the Downfall of Apartheid South Africa (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2017) (includes her research and work in Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique).

Jon Schubert, Working the System: A Political Ethnography of the New Angola (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2017)., Discount code: Save 30%, use code 09FLYER.

Heidi Gengenbach, Rachel A. Schurman, Thomas J. Bassett, William A. Munro, and William G. Moseley, “Limits of the New Green Revolution for Africa: reconceptualising gendered agricultural value chains,” The Geographical Journal (2017), Includes the case of cassava in Mozambique. Pre-publication online view,

Christina Udelsmann Rodrigues, “Changes to Urban Society in Angola: From Limited to Multi-Criteria Stratification,”’ African Studies Review 60, 2 (September 2017): 161-181,

Bjørn Enge Bertelsen, “German Pentecostal Witches and Communists: The Violence of Purity and Sameness,” [on Mozambique] in Pentecostalism and Witchcraft: Spiritual Warfare in Africa and Melanesia, ed. Knut Rio, Michelle MacCarthy, and Ruy Blanes (Palgrave, 2017) Open access,

Ruy Blanes, “The Ndoki Index: Sorcery, Economy, and Invisible Operations in the Angolan Urban Sphere,” in Pentecostalism and Witchcraft: Spiritual Warfare in Africa and Melanesia, ed. Knut Rio, Michelle MacCarthy, and Ruy Blanes (Palgrave, 2017) Open access, 

Immanuel R. Harisch, “Bartering Coffee, Cocoa and W50 Trucks: The Trade Relationships of the GDR, Angola and São Tomé in a Comparative Perspective,” Global Histories 3, 2 (October 2017): 43-59, available at

Pritish Behuria, Lars Buur, and Hazel Gray, “Research Note: Studying Political settlements in Africa, African Affairs 116/464 (2017): 508-525 (with references to Mozambique material)

Lars Buur, Malin Nystrand and Rasmus H. Pedersen, The political economy of land and natural resources in Africa. An analytical framework, DIIS Working Paper, 2017:2 (2017). (Theoretical discussion inspired by Mozambique thinking and materials, this paper was presented at the recent IESE conference)

Lars Buur and Celso Monjane, “Elite capture and the development of natural resource linkages in Mozambique,” in Fairness and Justice in Natural Resource Politics, ed., Melanie Pichler, Cornelia Staritz, Karin Küblböck, Christina Plank, Werner Raza, and Fernando Ruiz Peyré (Routledge, 2017).

Fabrice Folio, “Patrimoine et récit national au Mozambique: le cas de Maputo,” Tsingy (Université de la Réunion), No.20 (2017): 43-60. The journal Tsingy, published in La Réunion, is not available online. For paper copies, please write to the editor: Dr Frédéric Garan. Note that La Réunion, while in the Indian Ocean, is administratively part of France (DOM-TOM). Hence postage costs are European. For a list of earlier issues, their cover and TOC, see


And from 2016:

Michelle C. Johnson, “‘Nothing Is Sweet in My Mouth’: Food, Identity, and Religion in African Lisbon,” Food and Foodways (Special Issue: Eating in Semi-Public) 24, 3-4 (2016): 234-256.

Michelle C. Johnson, “Never Forget Where You’re From: Raising Guinean Muslim Babies in Portugal,” in A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for Eight Societies, Second Edition, ed. Alma Gottlieb and Judy DeLoache, pp. 33-70. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.


News and blogs:

Eric Morier-Genoud, “Why Islamist attack demands a careful response from Mozambique,” The Conversation (Oct. 19, 2017)

Alex Vines, “Mozambique’s Stability is being put to the Test,” Chatham House Expert Comment (6 October 2017)

“New Portuguese Centre for African Studies named after Lourenço do Rosario,” Club of Mozambique, from Radio Mozambique (31 Oct. 2017)