The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Proposals from individuals and organizations interested in designing and implementing a project that will define aspects of human rights documentation overseas, including the development of a toolkit to guide civil society organizations and other stakeholders working in this area. This project will […]

A group of individuals responsible for the oversight and coordination of US based area studies collections and staff at their respective home universities has recently launched the IASC21 blog. Institutions currently represented in the International and Area Studies Collections In the 21st Century (IASC21) group include: the Center for Research Libraries, Columbia University, Duke University, George Washington […]

Good archival news just arrived today via H-Net: Jean-Pierre Bat and Vincent Hiribarren announced a new archival resource: Archives de l’Afrique Équatoriale Française (Brazzaville) dedicated to the colonial archives of French Equatorial Africa housed at the National Archives of Congo in Brazzaville. This site gives details on access conditions for potential researchers and retraces the history of the colonial archives kept in Brazzaville. More importantly, […]

National Anthropology Day is a day for anthropologists to celebrate and participate in their discipline with the public around them. The American Anthropological Association is celebrating anthropology and anthropologists across the world through the declaration of National Anthropology Day. Anthropologists are innovators and creative thinkers who contribute to every sector of society. Help us celebrate […]

The South African novelist André Brink died on February 6th, according to the Guardian newspaper on Sunday, February 8, 2015: “André Brink, who has died aged 79, was the first Afrikaans writer to have a book banned by the South African government in the decades when the National party was in power.” The British Council has a biography, […]

Jocalyn Clark (@jocalynclark), executive editor of the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition and other publications, was a senior editor at PLOS Medicine and assistant editor at The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal). Her current BMJ blog entry focuses on “How to avoid predatory journals.” This is an excellent guide for doing your own homework when […]

Episode 88 of Africa Past and Present — the podcast about African history, culture, and politics — is now available at: In part 1 of a new series on digital African studies, Keith Breckenridge (WISER, Wits University) discusses the current state of digital Southern African Studies; the politics, funding, and ethics of international partnerships […]


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