Monthly Archives: June 2015

Deciphering the map that led Columbus to America

From a story in Yale News: A team of researchers and imaging specialists at Yale University is recovering faded and hidden (invisible to the eye) information from a 1491 map using multispectral imaging technology. Their work is yielding new discoveries about how the world was viewed over 500 years ago, and supports the view that African sources were important in […]

South Africa’s post-Apartheid archives in danger

In an opinion piece for the Daily Maverick titled National Archives crisis: records of democratic South Africa could be lost – probably forever, Ismail Lagardien wrote on 15 June, 2015 that democratic South African archival records are in grave danger, despite model legislation in place to support their long-term preservation: One research project, by Mpho Ngoepe, cited in the […]

Scholarships for African women from Africa

A number of organisations encourage women empowerment through education at different levels by offering specific scholarships for African women from Africa and developing countries. Although women looking for scholarships can as well apply for other scholarship programmes that are non-gender specific, there are sponsorship programmes that reduce the competition by offering their scholarship programmes solely […]

Digital Library of the University Cheikh Anta Diop

We read with pleasure the announcement Monday of the opening of the digital library of the University Cheikh Anta Diop (Université Cheikh Anta Diop or UCAD) and of the website of the Inter-States School of veterinary sciences and medicine (Ecole Inter Etats des Sciences et Médecine Vétérinaires de Dakar or EISMV), both in Dakar, the capital city of […]

Caine Prize for African Writing: Short list announced for 2015

New writing and writers from Africa are celebrated each year by the Caine Prize. From the site: The five writer shortlist for the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced by Chair of judges, award-winning South African writer Zoë Wicomb. In a sign of the established calibre to be found in African writing and […]