Monthly Archives: May 2015

Football, Power, and Identity in Zambia

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 […]

Africana Librarians Council meets in Urbana-Champaign

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 […]

June Edit-a-thon to improve ‘African Literature’ page in Wikipedia

Africa in Words author Stephanie Santana writes: On June 4 at the upcoming African Literature Association (ALA) conference at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, Africa in Words will be hosting a ‘Wikithon’ to improve the ‘African Literature’ Wikipedia page. During a Wikithon (also often called an ‘Edit-a-thon‘), people come together to edit a particular Wikipedia page […]

Tracking matatu minibus transit in Kampala

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy posted a newsletter update last month on this interesting matatu (informal private transportation network) mapping project in Uganda: The Kampala Mobility Map will improve way-finding around the city, allowing visitors, new residents and frequent matatu riders to better understand Kampala’s public transport network and plan their trips. With the […]

Elsevier further restricts author rights

From the Duke University Libraries blog on scholarly communications: Stepping back from sharing MAY 4, 2015 KEVIN SMITH, J.D. The announcement from Elsevier about its new policies regarding author rights was a masterpiece of doublespeak, proclaiming that the company was “unleashing the power of sharing” while in fact tying up sharing in as many leashes as […]

African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) 2015

African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) 2015: Domestic Intensive Summer Program: June 10 – July 31, 2015 The 2015 African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) Domestic Intensive Summer Program is hosted by the Center for African Studies and the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Culture, University of Florida, on behalf of the Institute of International Education (IIE). […]