Recent publications on Lusophone Africa

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A new list of great publications, blogs, and films about Lusophone Africa.

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Owen Sirrs, “Soviet Bloc Security Services and the Birth of New Intelligence Communities in Mozambique and Angola,” in African Intelligence Services: Early Postcolonial and Contemporary Challenges, ed., Ryan Shaffer (Rowman and Littlefield, 2021)

Joseph Hanlon, “Collapsing Electoral Integrity in Mozambique,” Journal of African Elections 20, 1 (June 2021): 44-66,; pdf available here, 

Vasco Martins, “Hegemony, Resistance and Gradations of Memory: The Politics of Remembering Angola’s Liberation Struggle.” History & Memory 33, 2 (2021): 80-106.

Ruy Llera Blanes, “Thanks for Your Visit but You Can Go Now: Cortesia, Hospitality, and Rites of Distinction in Angola,” in The Palgrave Handbook of Anthropological Ritual Studies, ed., Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew J. Strathern, pp 95-105 (Palgrave, 2021) | 

Benedito Machava, and Euclides Gonçalves, “The dead archive: Governance and institutional memory in independent Mozambique,” Africa 91, 4 (2021): 553-574, special issue on “Intellectual and cultural work in times of austerity,” based on 2018 conference in Maputo;

Marlino Eugénio Mubai, “The unintended consequences of liberalization and austerity on higher education in Mozambique,” Africa 91, 4 (2021): 602-619, special issue on “Intellectual and cultural work in times of austerity,” based on 2018 conference in Maputo;

Cameron McCordic, Bruce Frayne, and Naomi Sunu, “Assessing Supermarket Patronage in Matola, Mozambique,” Hungry Cities Working Paper No. 52 (August 2021)

Joanna Tague, “Refugee settlement as dialogue: conversations and contestations between the Tanzanian state, Mozambican liberation leaders and humanitarian officials (1964–1971),” Canadian Journal of African Studies / Revue canadienne des études africaines (2021), pre-publication view, from a forthcoming issue on African Refuge

Eric Allina, “Bright lines and fault lines: the politics of refuge in independence-era Mozambique,” Canadian Journal of African Studies / Revue canadienne des études africaines (2021), pre-publication view, from a forthcoming issue on African Refuge

Corinna Jentzsch, “Renamo and Mozambique,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia in African History (31 August 2021)

Jacqueline A. Haffner and Hetalben Haribhai Patel,”As relações entre a Índia e Moçambique: uma parceria estratégica (1947-2019),” Conjuntura Austral 12, n. 59 (2021): 35-48

Adaeze Okoye, Mariam Masini, and Alache Fisho, “Joint Development of Transboundary Natural Resources: Lessons from the Nigeria-Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Zone,” in Nigerian Yearbook of International Law 2018/2019, ed., Chile Eboe-Osuji, Engobo Emeseh, and Olabisi D. Akinkugbe, pp 81-111 (Springer 2021)

Michael Mikulewicz, “Disintegrating labour relations and depoliticised adaptation to climate change in rural São Tomé and Príncipe,” Area (Royal Geographic Society) 53, 2 (September 2021): 422-430,

Francisco Sarmento, “São Tomé e Príncipe na construção de um pacto nacional para a agroecologia,” (2021) versão digital aqui:

Centro de Integridade Pública and Chr. Michelsen Institute, Costs and Consequences of the Hidden Debt Scandal of Mozambique, trans., Paul Fauvet (2021)

Camilo de Sousa e Isabel Noronha, “Sonhámos um País,” Filmspot (21 Junho 2021), documentário na RTP2 assinala aniversário da independência de Moçambique,

Atanásio Salvador M’tumuke, O Fim da Luta de Libertação Nacional em Moçambique: Operation Omar (2021) More information from O País:


Blogs and news:

Gregory Pirio, Robert Pittelli, and Yussuf Adam, “Cries from the Community: Listening to the People of Cabo Delgado,” Spotlight, Africa Center for Strategic Studies (August 30, 2021)

Matheus Serva Pereira, “Manifestações culturais, independência e nação em Moçambique,” Impérios Research Group blog (30 August 2021)      

Estacio Valoi, “In Cabo Delgado, Displaced Villagers Report Food Aid Traded for Money, Sex,” The Standard (Zimbabwe) (Sept 5, 2021)

Alan Boswell talks to Dr. Adriano Nuvunga, “Eastern Africa’s Jihadis: Mozambique,” The Horn, International Crisis Group (August 25, 2021), podcast,

Vijay Prashad, “Rwanda’s Military is the French Proxy on African Soil,” Mail & Guardian (12 September 2021)

Claudio Silva, “Welcome to Benguela,” The Continent 59 (Mail & Guardian) (September 11, 2021),;, and scroll down to pp 23-25.

“Guinea-Bissau,  Faticosa democrazia,” Nigrizia (2 Settembre 2021), special issue of online Italian magazine, video here, and other links here,

Emi Eleode, “Artist creates ‘slave ship’ installation in Lisbon to spark debate around Portugal’s history of colonialism,” The Art Newspaper (Sep 3, 2021)

“Exhibitions by Portuguese-speaking artists liven up the Parisian summer,” The Portugal News (24 August 2021) (sadly, some exhibits had already closed when I came across this article)

Curry Malott, “How Amílcar Cabral shaped Paulo Freire’s pedagogy,” New Frame (26 Aug 2021)

Owen Amos, “Shot in the head in Angola, left for dead, now a Wetherspoons star,” BBC News (Aug 24, 2021)

Olívio N’kilumbu, “Análise da gestão da COVID-19,” [Angola] Africa is a Country (July 29, 2021) 

CDD/SAPES, “Seminar on Mozambique,” chaired by Ibbo Mandaza; no. 9 of 2021 (27 May 2021), 2 hours; available on the SAPES channel here:, and on Facebook, here:

IFCH UNICAMP, “A guerra em Cabo Delgado de uma perspectiva histórica - Seminário Internacional,” 3½  hour seminar, streamed live on April 19, 2021, available here:

Warren A. Stanislaus, “The Significance of Yasuke, the Black Samurai,” Black Perspectives (September 15, 2021) [Yasuke is generally thought to have been born in the area that became Mozambique]

“U.S. Embassy in Mozambique Moves to New Building,” Press release (Aug 31, 2021)

Transimperial History Network launched a new blog in July 2021 to explore the history of interactions across empires. Nothing yet on Lusophone Africa, but check out the website at

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