Scientific African, a new open-access journal from Elsevier, will showcase Africa’s often-overlooked scientific research to give the continent’s scientists better global recognition. The publisher claims it will be the first “mega-journal” in Africa. Introduced recently in Kigali at the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) conference, the first issue is scheduled to be published at the end of summer […]

This week, February 8-10 the University of Florida, Center for African Studies’ 17th Gwendolen M. Carter Conference devotes a critical public forum to new methods and politics in curation and text-image studies. The focus is on a newly acquired vernacular manuscript collection under the curation of Dan Reboussin, and accessioned in the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections at […]

Zoliswa “Zoe” Nhleko gave up a great job at home, enrolling in UF’s IFAS Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department http://www.wec.ufl.edu/about/overview.php to study what triggers White Rhinos infrequent but long migrations at Kruger National Park: https://spark.adobe.com/page/3eRsZis2x0YKx/ “They stay in an area for a long time, then seem to just pack up and move great distances before […]

The University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) hosted this week a conference commemorating “an event in 1962 that is said to have partly defined ‘modern’ African literary awareness.” Read more from Africa in Words here: Event: African Writers, Readers and Historians Gather in London to Remember Makerere.

This stunning Ethiopian mural portrays the Battle of King Takla Haymanot of Gojjam against the Dervishes. Painted on cloth in 1881, it’s now located at the Harn Museum of Art and the image here is available in the Public domain. It’s also featured on the dust jacket of a book recently acquired for our collections: Takla […]

A map of agricultural systems in Africa by 1800 Mats Widgren has announced on H-Africa the forthcoming publication of a new map of agricultural systems in sub-Saharan Africa to 1800 in: Widgren, Mats. (in press) “Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa by 1800: a map and a gazetteer.” In Mercuri, A.M., D’Andrea, A.C., Fornaciari, R., Höhn, A. (eds.). Plants and […]

Dr. Ian Straughn of Brown University provides a glimpse into his work in Bamako, Mali to preserve manuscript cultural heritage materials through a pilot award (EAP913) from the Endangered Archives Programme of the British Library. The libraries of Timbuktu, and the abundance of centuries-old manuscripts they contain, have consistently attracted the attention of international media during the past five years. […]