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Hidden stories behind African print fabrics

“8 Vibrant African Wax Prints And Their Unique Stories“ BY MELANIE ABRAMS Vogue interviews the author of a new book published on African wax print textiles. Dutch manufacturer Vlisco also has many more designs with background stories available online. University of Wisconsin librarian Emilie Songolo manages a database of African commemorative textiles.

Mary Sibande: I Came Apart at the Seams

Mary Sibande: I Came Apart at the Seams, Somerset House, London, 3 Oct 2019 – 7 Jan 2020 THIS EXHIBITION IS FREE!! 03 Oct 2019 – 05 Jan 2020 Terrace Rooms, South Wing, Somerset House via Mary Sibande: I Came Apart at the Seams — h/t Africa in Words

“Africa Multiple” Cluster of Excellence Fellowships

The “Africa Multiple” Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth (Germany) invites scholars working in the field of African studies to apply for fellowships in the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies (BA). Funded through the Excellence Strategy of Germany’s federal and state governments since January 1, 2019, the aim of the cluster is to reconfigure African […]

Event: African Writers, Readers and Historians Gather in London to Remember Makerere.

The University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) hosted this week a conference commemorating “an event in 1962 that is said to have partly defined ‘modern’ African literary awareness.” Read more from Africa in Words here: Event: African Writers, Readers and Historians Gather in London to Remember Makerere.

Call for travel to collections proposals

Department of Special and Area Studies Collections George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida AN INVITATION TO TRAVEL TO OUR REPOSITORY: Travel grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to undertake research activities in Special and Area Studies Collections. Proposals are due Friday, April 28, 2017. Submissions should be directed to Florence M. Turcotte […]

Job: International Studies librarian

SPECIALIST LIBRARIAN/ EXPERT LIBRARIAN Advertising Ends on: Monday, February 15th, 2016 Advertising Started on: Friday, January 15th, 2016 Organization: Library Department: Library Administration & General Salary: $55,000.00 – $76,000.00 JOB DETAILS Percent Time: 100% Type of Position: Regular: A position which is considered essential for the effective long-term operation of the university. Persons appointed to […]

Petition to support academics in Turkey

Academics: We will not be a Party to This Crime 1,128 academics from 89 universities in Turkey, and over 355 academics and researchers from abroad have signed a text calling on state of Turkey to end state violence and prepare negotiation conditions. Beyza Kural İstanbul – BIA News Desk 11 January 2016, Monday 15:18 President of […]

Wax print patterns tell cultural history

Khrista Rypl reports on research at Vlisco, a Dutch wax textile manufacturer that exports to many African countries: Inge Oosterhoff wrote a wonderful deep dive into the history behind the Vlisco textile house, and explained how their designs have remained hugely popular in Africa since the late 1800s. But Vlisco doesn’t just make fabric; they’re […]

Guide on “Writing in African Studies Journals” (2015 edition)

Originally posted on ilissafrica's Blog:
Quick overview about writing in African Studies Journals with main requirements, tips on writing and selecting the right journal. This guide puts together some information of two African Studies Journals Round Tables that had been organized at the Sixth European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 6) in Paris (8-10…

Ancient Lives: Papyrology for People Who aren’t Papyrologists

Originally posted on Let the Reader Understand:
A few months ago I was introduced to the University of of Oxford’s Ancient Lives papyri transcription project while TAing a class for Eric Smith. This morning I rediscovered it and have been having some fun transcribing ancient Greek fragments. The site is an attempt to harness the power of the people…