From H-Net The British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme: Call for applications by Jody Butterworth The Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library is now accepting grant applications for the next round of funding. Detailed information on the timetable, criteria, eligibility and application procedures is available on the Programme’s website. The deadline for receipt of preliminary grant […]

RMCA publications Online publications These on-line publications can be accessed and downloaded free of charge. Currently four series are available online (digital series): Monographs of the DR Congo Provinces (Monographies des provinces de la République démocratique du Congo) This collection of 26 monographs is part of an ongoing project on the new provinces of the DR Congo. […]

Exciting news of British cartographic materials for historical research available online. The British Library has catalogued, conserved and digitised over 550 military intelligence maps and associated documents from the War Office Archive relating to the former British East Africa (modern-day Kenya, Uganda and adjacent parts of Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, DR Congo, South Sudan, Ethiopia and […]

Here’s a link to an excellent  background story from “the Beeb” on legendary Congolese musician Papa Wemba’s central  role in the African music and culture scenes through six decades. I was not aware that he led the Sape movement, which has gotten some recent popular attention in the media over the last few years. He became […]

UF Biodiversity Institute Graduate Student Fellowships, 2016-17 Call for applications These 9-month Fellowships are geared toward mid-PhD students whose dissertation projects could particularly benefit from interdisciplinary opportunities with faculty, post-docs, and students outside their departments or programs. The UFBI also anticipates funding Summer Fellowships, beginning Summer, 2017; further information about this program will be available […]

Hans Zell’s “Indigenous publishing in Africa – the need for research, documentation, and collaboration” is available as a pre-print at Academia.edu. This contribution to the collection, Coming of Age. Strides in African Publishing. Essays in Honour of Dr. Henry Chakava @ 70, is to be published by East African Educational Publishers Ltd, Nairobi, later this month. The book will […]

Joshua Hammer’s The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts (2016 Simon & Schuster) is reviewed by Tom Glenn in the Washington Independent Review of Books: The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu provides irrefutable evidence that culture and learning in Africa were far more advanced than in Europe by the 16th century when Timbuktu flourished as […]