Monthly Archives: May 2012

African Activist Archive Project

An online archive of the U.S. solidarity movement with Africa from the 1950s to 1990s at: http://africanactivist.msu.edu/. More than 5,000 objects from 35 states and the District of Columbia, including photos, posters, documents, buttons, T-shirts… From an announcement today on H-net: “We also continue to contact former activists in the Africa solidarity movement who would […]

Unglue.it is seeking to raise $7,500 for a Creative Commons Attribution-only licensed edition of Oral Literature in Africa

Raising money to free classic volume on Africa’s oral literature From bOING bOING By Cory Doctorow at 5:57 am Friday, May 18 “A campaign on Unglue.it is seeking to raise $7,500 to pay for a Creative Commons Attribution-only licensed edition of Oral Literature in Africa, an out-of-print classic on the subject that is widely sought […]

I can no longer work for a system that puts profit over access to research

Posted by Winston Hide, Wednesday 16 May 2012 07.34 EDT guardian.co.uk I can no longer work for a system that puts profit over access to research “Today I resigned from the editorial board of a well respected journal in my field – Genomics. No longer can I work for a system that provides solid profits […]

Africa Past and Present, Episode 63: Noise & Silence, War & Peace in the Politics of DR Congo

In episode 63 of Africa Past and Present — the podcast about African history, culture, and politics: Noise & Silence, War & Peace in the Politics of DR Congo “Prof. Tom Turner (DR Congo country specialist, Amnesty International USA) on the politics of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, focusing on The Congo Wars and […]

Cultural Diversity in a Global Society

In response to an earlier editorial titled The Global Knowledge Society is this nicely written piece by Likwan Cheng in the Letters section of Science (13 April 2012) Vol. 336 no. 6078 pp. 155-157. DOI: 10.1126/science.336.6078.155-c The world needs not one homogenized global knowledge society, as the Editorial suggests, but a global mosaic of multiple, […]

Awesome Tapes from Africa

Awesome Tapes from Africa From David Pescovitz via bOING bOING “Brian Shimkovitz was on a Fulbright scholarship in Ghana when he got hooked on the cassette culture of the region. Street vendors hawked West African recordings in myriad genres, from highlife to African disco, old left-field soul to curious local pop. Shimkovitz started a blog, […]

Gambia Studies Series by Professor David Gamble

The Gambia Studies Series is a rich, detailed set of valuable resources in full text online from one of the world’s foremost experts on The Gambia,  its history, culture and linguistic diversity. Includes A General Bibliography of the Gambia, Supplement III 1983-1987 among many other useful resources (interviews, narratives, stories, tales, legends, guides to place names, […]