From a story in Yale News: A team of researchers and imaging specialists at Yale University is recovering faded and hidden (invisible to the eye) information from a 1491 map using multispectral imaging technology. Their work is yielding new discoveries about how the world was viewed over 500 years ago, and supports the view that African sources were important in […]

In an opinion piece for the Daily Maverick titled National Archives crisis: records of democratic South Africa could be lost – probably forever, Ismail Lagardien wrote on 15 June, 2015 that democratic South African archival records are in grave danger, despite model legislation in place to support their long-term preservation: One research project, by Mpho Ngoepe, cited in the […]

A number of organisations encourage women empowerment through education at different levels by offering specific scholarships for African women from Africa and developing countries. Although women looking for scholarships can as well apply for other scholarship programmes that are non-gender specific, there are sponsorship programmes that reduce the competition by offering their scholarship programmes solely […]

We read with pleasure the announcement Monday of the opening of the digital library of the University Cheikh Anta Diop (Université Cheikh Anta Diop or UCAD) and of the website of the Inter-States School of veterinary sciences and medicine (Ecole Inter Etats des Sciences et Médecine Vétérinaires de Dakar or EISMV), both in Dakar, the capital city of […]

New writing and writers from Africa are celebrated each year by the Caine Prize. From the site: The five writer shortlist for the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced by Chair of judges, award-winning South African writer Zoë Wicomb. In a sign of the established calibre to be found in African writing and […]

In Episode 92 of African Past & Present, Hikabwa Chipande (PhD 2015 Michigan State) examines the political and social history of football (soccer) in Zambia. He discusses becoming an historian; the game’s relationship with British colonizers, the copper mines, and postcolonial governments; and the archival research and oral interviewing process. Chipande concludes with insights from his extensive experience with sport development in […]

A recent post by Katrina Spencer in the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign International and Area Studies Library‘s Glocal Notes newsletter highlights the Spring meetings of the Africana Librarians Council, a sponsored organization of the U.S. African Studies Association, and the Center for Research Libraries‘ Cooperative Africana Materials Project (CRL/CAMP). Organized by Dr. Atoma Batoma, the International and Area Studies’ current African Studies […]


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