Tag Archives: Interview

Football, Power, and Identity in Zambia

In Episode 92 of African Past & Present, Hikabwa Chipande (PhD 2015 Michigan State) examines the political and social history of football (soccer) in Zambia. He discusses becoming an historian; the game’s relationship with British colonizers, the copper mines, and postcolonial governments; and the archival research and oral interviewing process. Chipande concludes with insights from his extensive experience with sport development in […]

Breckenridge on digital Southern African Studies

Episode 88 of Africa Past and Present — the podcast about African history, culture, and politics — is now available at: http://afripod.aodl.org In part 1 of a new series on digital African studies, Keith Breckenridge (WISER, Wits University) discusses the current state of digital Southern African Studies; the politics, funding, and ethics of international partnerships […]

Interview with researcher who discovered Ebola

Several gripping stories are told in this recent interview with Professor Peter Piot, now Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to Der Spiegel‘s Rafaela von Bredow and Veronika Hackenbroch (reprinted by The Guardian). In 1976, he “was a researcher at a lab in Antwerp when a pilot brought him a blood sample from a Belgian nun […]

Ethnography can help in West Africa’s Ebola virus epidemic

Ebola in Perspective by Daniel Hoffman and Mary Moran Sharon Abramowitz’s article on the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa has received much attention in the media and elsewhere: 10 Things that Anthropologists Can Do to Fight the West African Ebola Epidemic. Professor Abramowitz recently participated in a panel on Ebola held at Georgetown University and featured […]

Open access journals less rigorous? Nobel Prize winner says no.

Many thanks to Retraction Watch for calling our attention to an interview with eLife editor-in-chief and Open Access advocate Randy Schekman, a 2013 Nobel Laureate. The interview was published in Mètode, Popular Science Journal of the University of Valencia by Lucía Sapiña and Manuel Gil. Here’s a brief exchange from the full interview: Are open-access journals less rigorous? […]

Black Travelers, Writers and Activists in Africa and the Diaspora

Episode 76 of Africa Past and Present — the podcast about African history, culture, and politics — is now available. In this episode, Professor David Killingray (Emeritus, Goldsmiths College, University of London) speaks on the often-neglected role of African travelers and intermediaries in 19th-century Africa; black writers and activists in Victorian Britain; and the significance […]

Chat with Peter Suber

ASERL’s Open Access Week chat with Peter Suber The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) today hosted a discussion with Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Office of Scholarly Communications. Suber this week blogged in The Guardian to put to rest six myths of Open Access. The format was an interactive interview with questions submitted by the online audience in […]

Lagos soundscapes

From Africa is a Country: Emeka Ogboh is interviewed about his art installations that include Lagos street scenes and sounds. He also has created an online live sound streaming of Lagos Soundscapes, which coincided with World Listening Day on July 18, 2013. [In response to a question about the artist’s sound archive having historical value]. “When I first […]

Writing Africa’s Futures

Writing Africa’s Futures, 5th July 2013 at the British Library FREE (booking recommended) at the British Library Conference Centre, London http://www.bl.uk/whatson/events/event145399.html   As part of the ‘Africa Writes’ festival and in collaboration with the Caine Prize, the Royal African Society and the British Library, this event celebrates 50 years of African Studies Association UK by […]

Oral history

Forgive me a moment while I brag on Professor Paul Ortiz, director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP) at the University of Florida. I toured the center last week with visitors to campus and learned a good deal about their work myself. Ortiz recently was interviewed by staff of the The Oral History Review for […]