Category News & Opinion

African scientific journal will be open access

Scientific African, a new open-access journal from Elsevier, will showcase Africa’s often-overlooked scientific research to give the continent’s scientists better global recognition. The publisher claims it will be the first “mega-journal” in Africa. Introduced recently in Kigali at the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) conference, the first issue is scheduled to be published at the end of summer […]

Kinshasa street comic artist Papa Mfumu’eto’s papers the focus of international workshop

This week, February 8-10 the University of Florida, Center for African Studies’ 17th Gwendolen M. Carter Conference devotes a critical public forum to new methods and politics in curation and text-image studies. The focus is on a newly acquired vernacular manuscript collection under the curation of Dan Reboussin, and accessioned in the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections at […]

White rhino conservation in South Africa

Zoliswa “Zoe” Nhleko gave up a great job at home, enrolling in UF’s IFAS Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department http://www.wec.ufl.edu/about/overview.php to study what triggers White Rhinos infrequent but long migrations at Kruger National Park: https://spark.adobe.com/page/3eRsZis2x0YKx/ “They stay in an area for a long time, then seem to just pack up and move great distances before […]

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 […]