Tag Archives: History

The Unseen Archive of Idi Amin

Events this week celebrate the opening of an exhibit featuring 200 photographs of Ugandan president Idi Amin, together with film and radio material generated by the Amin government. The exhibition, curated by Nelson Abiti, Richard Vokes, Edgar Taylor and Derek Peterson, grows out of a very large trove of recently-discovered photographic negatives digitised at the Uganda […]

Archivists race to digitize slavery records before the history is lost

From PRI’s The World April 04, 2019 By Rupa Shenoy Listen here. The story includes an interview with Dr. Katrina Keefer of Trent University (in Canada), who came to realize that records of captured Africans’ facial scarification in African archives could help to identify the ethnic origins of African-Americans descended from enslaved people. The era of the trans-Atlantic slavery is […]

East Africa’s first ‘newspaper’

It has come to my attention that Msimulizi, a newspaper published from 1888 in Zanzibar (Tanzania), has been digitized and is now available in full text online. The catalog record from SOAS, University of London, includes the following contextual information: For historic context see: Sturmer, Martin. The Media history of Tanzania. (Ndanda, Tanzania : Ndanda […]

Shakespeare’s plea for tolerance towards immigrants

Recently heard, “history may not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” From the British Library: “At some point in the development of Sir Thomas More, Shakespeare seems to have been commissioned to write the play’s emotional highpoint, in which the heroic More – who is at this point in the play the sheriff of London – […]

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 […]

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 […]

Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa by 1800: a map and a gazetteer.

A map of agricultural systems in Africa by 1800 Mats Widgren has announced on H-Africa the forthcoming publication of a new map of agricultural systems in sub-Saharan Africa to 1800 in: Widgren, Mats. (in press) “Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa by 1800: a map and a gazetteer.” In Mercuri, A.M., D’Andrea, A.C., Fornaciari, R., Höhn, A. (eds.). Plants and […]