From PRI’s The World April 04, 2019 By Rupa Shenoy Listen here. The story includes an interview with Dr. Katrina Keefer of Trent University (in Canada), who came to realize that records of captured Africans’ facial scarification in African archives could help to identify the ethnic origins of African-Americans descended from enslaved people. The era of the trans-Atlantic slavery is […]

Call for Travel to Collections Proposals Department of Special and Area Studies Collections University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries Travel grants up to $2,500 are available to undertake research between August 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020 with UF’s Special and Area Studies Collections. Proposals are due Friday, May 17, 2019 with award notifications expected the […]

The “Africa Multiple” Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth (Germany) invites scholars working in the field of African studies to apply for fellowships in the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies (BA). Funded through the Excellence Strategy of Germany’s federal and state governments since January 1, 2019, the aim of the cluster is to reconfigure African […]

It has come to my attention that Msimulizi, a newspaper published from 1888 in Zanzibar (Tanzania), has been digitized and is now available in full text online. The catalog record from SOAS, University of London, includes the following contextual information: For historic context see: Sturmer, Martin. The Media history of Tanzania. (Ndanda, Tanzania : Ndanda […]

With a huge hat tip to my friend and colleague Keith Manuel (paraphrasing): American Libraries Direct, the American Library Association (ALA) online newsletter, links to a visualization of all the 14 million volumes in HathiTrust created by Prof. Ben Schmidt of Northeastern University: “A guided tour of the digital library.” As you scroll down, you’ll see […]

Recently heard, “history may not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” From the British Library: “At some point in the development of Sir Thomas More, Shakespeare seems to have been commissioned to write the play’s emotional highpoint, in which the heroic More – who is at this point in the play the sheriff of London – […]

The Human Relations Area Files is proud to present a new scholarship program, aimed at expanding global access to eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology. Up to 15 successful applicants to the HRAF Global Scholarship will receive one year of free access to our entire online collections for their institution. Should further access be desired, the institution will be […]