Monthly Archives: July 2014

Exporting the Chinese urban model to Africa

According to research of the Go West Project (Shanghai-based architect Daan Roggeveen and Amsterdam-based journalist Michiel Hulshof): More and more Chinese-made buildings, infrastructure, and urban districts are sprouting up across Africa, and this development is changing the face of the continent’s cities. Read more in Justin Zhuang’s July 8, 2014  at Metropolis Magazine. With thanks to @ProfCaraJones

Preserving African history photos

Through the collaborative efforts of organizations committed to raising awareness of the value and significance of photography in Africa, Debra Hess Norris, chair of the University of Delaware‘s Department of Art Conservation, helped create “Preservation of Photography Patrimonial in Africa (3PA): West African Image Lab,“ a four-day workshop held at the end of April in Benin, […]

Wikipedia Library

Help is available if you would like to improve the content in Wikipedia: the Wikipedia Library helps editors access reliable sources to improve Wikipedia. I am hopeful that African related content will be improved by students and scholars who participate. Libraries are a great place to bring the community together and offer this kind of […]

Searching for Normal in the Wake of the Liberian War

Searching for Normal in the Wake of the Liberian War, a book by Sharon Alane Abramowitz, is now available in cloth via and in cloth or ebook formats via the U Penn Press. At the end of Liberia’s thirteen-year civil war, the devastated population struggled to rebuild their country and come to terms with their […]

Archiving posts Google forced to obscure in EU countries

From Sophos Naked Security comes this July 16, 2014 article by Lisa Vaas titled: “‘Hidden from Google’ site remembers the pages Google’s forced to forget.” So European Union courts have forced Google to forget certain people’s irrelevant or outdated online histories. Within days of the court order going into effect, EU citizens were mobbing Google with […]

Obituary for Nadine Gordimer

From Helen T. Verongos published in the New York Times on July 14, comes this obituary for the South African writer Nadine Gordimer who died at 90 on Sunday, July 13th, 2014. She never wrote an autobiography. “Autobiography,” she said in 1963, “can’t be written until one is old, can’t hurt anyone’s feelings, can’t be sued for libel, […]

Fraudulent academic peer review and citation ring busted

From the Retraction Watch blog: SAGE Publications busts “peer review and citation ring.” SAGE Publishers is retracting 60 articles from the Journal of Vibration and Control after an investigation revealed a “peer review and citation ring” involving a professor in Taiwan. Wow: sixty papers were retracted. The statement from SAGE on this incident is available […]