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The Podcast about African History, Culture, and Politics
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United States

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The Podcast about African History, Culture, and Politics

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English

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Michigan State University 409 Natural Sciences Building East Lansing, MI 48824-1120 Phone: +517.355.9300 – Fax: +517.355.8363


Episodes

Episode 117: Albie Sachs on Anti-Apartheid Activism and Constitutionalism in South Africa

5/17/2018
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Albie Sachs, former judge, freedom fighter, and professor, speaks (and sings!) about his anti-apartheid activism and lifelong commitment to equality and justice. He reflects on the enduring need for “soft vengeance” and draws on his 15-year term on South Africa’s Constitutional Court to emphasize the importance of constitutionalism for democracy. The interview concludes with Sachs’ […]

Duration:00:48:20

Episode 116: Empire, Missions, and Culture in Southern Africa

2/13/2018
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Prof. Norman Etherington (U. Western Australia) on empire in Africa, missions, and Southern African history. The interview focuses on themes of his distinguished career and influential works, such as The Great Treks, and his latest books Indigenous Evangelists & Questions of Authority in the British Empire 1750-1940 and Imperium of the Soul.

Duration:00:38:33

Episode 115: Youth Struggles

11/29/2017
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Dr. Alcinda Honwana on the struggles of young Africans, the condition of “waithood”—a state of limbo between childhood and adulthood—and their creative engagements with everyday life. She reflects on the art and ethics of oral interviewing in Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa, and Tunisia, and concludes with a hopeful vision of young women and men as […]

Duration:00:31:49

Episode 114: Digital Archive of Malian Photography

11/2/2017
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Youssouf Sakaly and Malick Sitou discuss the Archive of Malian Photography, a collaborative Malian-US project that provides free access to preserved and digitized collections of five important photographers in Mali. The interview considers ethical questions, family and community memory, conservation and dissemination of endangered materials, and changing media technology. With guest host Dr. Candace Keller. […]

Duration:00:31:30

Episode 113: East African Borderlands: Somalia, Kenya, and Belonging

10/10/2017
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Keren Weitzberg (Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London) on her new book We Do Not Have Borders: Greater Somalia and the Predicaments of Belonging in Kenya. She grapples with the long history of Somali migration across colonial/post-colonial borders, definitions of “Somaliness,” media coverage and representations of Somali people, and the “hidden history’” of women gleaned from poetry and […]

Duration:00:29:06

Episode 112: Zimbabwe’s Politics of Economic Decline

6/18/2017
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Prof. Alois Mlambo (University of Pretoria) discusses Zimbabwe’s deindustrialization and economic decline, its relationship with South Africa, and the role of Pan-Africanism and “patriotic history” in sustaining a new authoritarian nationalism.

Duration:00:24:06

Episode 111: Indian Ocean Africa—Icons, Commodities, Mobility

5/24/2017
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Jeremy Prestholdt (U. California, San Diego) on East African commodities, culture, and “transnational imagination,” featuring his forthcoming book, Icons of Dissent (on Che, Marley, Tupac, Bin Laden). He also discusses changing meanings of Indian Ocean Africa and how technologies impact global circulation of ideas, people and commodities. With guest host, Laura Fair.

Duration:00:38:40

Episode 110: The Story of Swahili

4/27/2017
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John Mugane (Harvard University) on his book, The Story of Swahili, a history of the international language and its speakers. Mugane sheds light on enduring questions: Who is Swahili? What is authentic Swahili? He also discusses the state of publishing in Swahili, and the challenges and approaches to teaching African languages in the U.S. Part of a podcast series […]

Duration:00:40:50

Episode 97: Women’s Reproductive Rights in South Africa

1/30/2016
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Susanne Klausen (History, Carleton U.) onthe history and politics of women’s reproductive rights in South Africa. Ourdiscussion ofrace, nationalism, and women’s sexuality focuses on her new book, Abortion Under Apartheid, the first full-length study of the history of abortion in an African context. The interview concludes with anassessment ofthe present and future of abortion rightsin […]

Duration:00:43:10

Episode 96: Creativity and Decolonization: Nigerian Cultures and African Epistemologies

11/17/2015
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Toyin Falola (History, Texas; President, African Studies Association) on Yoruba history and culture; language policy in Nigeria; creativityanddecolonization; forms of community action in “hyper-modern” times; and the meaning of Buhari’s victory in the 2015 presidential election.

Duration:00:43:43

Episode 95: Nigerian Politics and Society in Cartoon Art

10/26/2015
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Ganiyu Akinloye Jimoh(Creative Arts,University of Lagos)on his work in Nigeriaasa popular cartoonist, with thepen name “Jimga,” and as a cartoon scholar. Issues discussed include:political aspects of cartooning;visual aspects of the art; language and graphic styles; and the future of cartooning in Nigeria.

Duration:00:43:42

Episode 94: The Bomb, a Professor, and Higher Education in South Africa

10/13/2015
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Professor Renfrew Christie (University of the Western Cape) on South African advances and challenges since 1994; educational transformations at UWC; his role as an anti-apartheid student activist, exposure of South Africa’s nuclear bomb and subsequent imprisonment, and nuclear issues today.

Duration:00:29:45

Episode 93: Atlantic Bonds and Biography: from South Carolina to Nigeria

9/22/2015
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Lisa Lindsay (North Carolina) on her forthcoming biography of James Churchwill Vaughan—whose life provides insights into the bonds of slavery and family and the differing prospects for people of African descent in the 19th-century Atlantic world. Vaughan’s odyssey took him from slavery-ridden South Carolina to Liberia and finally Nigeria, where he was involved in the […]

Duration:00:32:35

Episode 91: African and American Ports–Solidarities in Durban and San Francisco

4/28/2015
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Peter Cole (Western Illinois, SWOP[Wits]) compares Durban and San Francisco, maritime union solidarities, the anti-apartheid movement, and technological change in the two ports. Cole concludes withreflectionson researching and teachingcomparative history.

Episode 90: Language and Power–Khoesan Studies

3/31/2015
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Menán Du Plessis (Stellenbosch University and U. of Kentucky) on her literary work, research on the Kora! language, and the significance of Khoesan linguistics to southern African studies. Du Plessis also considers digitization efforts and the impact of mass media and the Internet on endangered African languages.

Duration:00:23:10

Episode 89: Digital African Studies Part 2 with Laura Seay

2/3/2015
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Laura Seay (Government, Colby College)on becoming a Congo scholar; thegenealogy and impact of her“Texas in Africa” blog; using Twitter for academicpurposes and public discourse;andher book projecttitled“Substituting for the State” about non-state actors and governancein easternDRCongo.Follow Lauraon Twitter:@texasinafrica

Duration:00:31:42

Episode 88: Digital African Studies with Keith Breckenridge

1/13/2015
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Keith Breckenridge (WISER) on the current state of digital Southern African Studies; the politics, funding, and ethics of international partnerships in digital projects; and his new book Biometric State: The Global Politics of Identification and Surveillance in South Africa, 1850 to the Present.Follow Keith on Twitter: @BreckenridgeKD Part Iof a series on digital African studies.

Duration:00:28:53

Episode 86: Cartooning in Africa with Tebogo Motswetla

11/12/2014
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TebogoMotswetla, aleading African cartoonist from Botswana, on his journey of becoming a cartoonist; the 25th anniversary of his character “Mabijo”; applied aspects of his work; seTswana language dialogue; the creative process, censorship, and freedom of expression.

Duration:00:26:15

Episode 85: Swahili Poetry with Abdilatif Abdalla

11/4/2014
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Abdilatif Abdalla is the best-known Swahili poet and independent Kenya’s first political prisoner. He discusses poetry as a political instrument and as an academic field; publication prospects for African poets; and how poetry enabled him to survive three years of solitary confinement, after which he spent 22 years in exile. The interview ends with Abdalla […]

Duration:00:29:45

Episode 84: African literatures & public intellectuals: Sahara Reporters & ‘What is Africa to me’?

10/22/2014
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Pius Adesanmi (Carleton University) on African literatures, public intellectuals, Sahara Reporters blog, social media and postcolonial writing, Yoruba and Anglophone literatures, ‘imposed transnationalism’ in the African literature classroom and ‘What is Africa to me’? Photo courtesy of Pius Adesanmi