Category News & Opinion

Battle of King Takla Haymant of Gojjam against the Dervishes

This stunning Ethiopian mural portrays the Battle of King Takla Haymanot of Gojjam against the Dervishes. Painted on cloth in 1881, it’s now located at the Harn Museum of Art and the image here is available in the Public domain. It’s also featured on the dust jacket of a book recently acquired for our collections: Takla […]

Digitization of the Infa Yattara Family Library’s Timbuktu manuscripts

Dr. Ian Straughn of Brown University provides a glimpse into his work in Bamako, Mali to preserve manuscript cultural heritage materials through a pilot award (EAP913) from the Endangered Archives Programme of the British Library. The libraries of Timbuktu, and the abundance of centuries-old manuscripts they contain, have consistently attracted the attention of international media during the past five years. […]

MPhil in African Studies 2017-18

The MPhil in African Studies at the University of Cambridge still has a small number of places available and welcomes applications until 31st May 2017. For further information visit our website, for enquiries please email centre@african.cam.ac.uk. We would be very grateful if you would forward this email to staff and students who may be interested […]

Lost libraries of the Silk Road

Post Magazine features British artist Abigail Reynolds. Her 2017 sculptural exhibit, “The Ruins of Time: Lost Libraries of the Silk Road” was inspired by a five-month-long voyage across half the globe to visit the sites of sixteen libraries ruined by natural disaster, war, or dismantled by political forces over 2,000 years. “I’m a big fan of […]

Remembering Jan Vansina

The African Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has created a tribute page where people can share stories and memories of the late trailblazing historian Jan Vansina, who died on February 8, 2017 in Madison. The Center for Research Libraries Cooperative Africana Materials Project (CAMP) has preserved several of Jan Vansina’s research note collections and […]

Fati Abubakar, Maiduguri’s portrait photographer

We had the pleasure of meeting Fati Abubakar yesterday in our library, with enough time to engage in conversation together with a colleague about the value of photography, the role of archival collections for historical scholarship, and a chance to look at some individual slides (marveling at the intensity that Kodachrome film continues to bring […]

ASA asks for your support of the NEH

The US African Studies Association in partnership with the National Humanities Alliance is organizing support for the many important programs of the National Endowment for the Humanities. As the linked site above states, in light of the fact that the Trump Administration will be shaping its budget request over the coming months with broad input…we […]