Tag Archives: Research

Digitized field recordings of Lorenzo Dow Turner

This newly available digital resource includes 40 hours of audio field recordings by the African American academic and linguist Lorenzo Dow Turner, the “Father of Gullah Studies,” relating to: African American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Languages, Linguistics, Music and Music History. The recordings were made 1932-1952, relating to Nigeria, Cameroon, Brazil and […]

CFP: Arabic-Script Manuscripts in Africa

Deadline extended and travel funding available. Please find more information about the event, which will feature six panels and six workshops about original, current research on the Arabic-script manuscript cultures of North and Sub-Saharan Africa and the care and management of manuscript collections across the continent, on its website  asmiaconference.org) and Facebook (@Arabic-Script Manuscripts in Africa) and Twitter (@ASMIACONFERENCE) accounts. This 2020 Conference, […]

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 […]

Travel to collections grants announced

Call for Travel to Collections Proposals Department of Special and Area Studies Collections University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries Travel grants up to $2,500 are available to undertake research between August 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020 with UF’s Special and Area Studies Collections. Proposals are due Friday, May 17, 2019 with award notifications expected the […]

“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 […]

Big data visualization of an open access digital library

With a huge hat tip to my friend and colleague Keith Manuel (paraphrasing): American Libraries Direct, the American Library Association (ALA) online newsletter, links to a visualization of all the 14 million volumes in HathiTrust created by Prof. Ben Schmidt of Northeastern University: “A guided tour of the digital library.” As you scroll down, you’ll see […]

Elsevier should not provide free open access to retracted papers

In a recent interview published by Retraction Watch, Judit Bar-Ilan of Bar-Ilan University and Gali Halevi at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai report that many scholarly articles continue to be cited after retraction: “despite all the awareness efforts around this topic, retracted articles continue to be read and cited positively.” That’s the disturbing result of their research. “We should […]

Grants for research travel to UF special collections

Travel grants of up to $2,500 are available to support research in the Special and Area Studies Collections Department (see Travel Grants button, bottom left of page) of the George A. Smathers Libraries at University of Florida. Proposals are due Friday, June 1, 2018, with award notifications the week of July 1, 2018. Research must […]

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 […]

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. […]