Navigation – Plan du site
Annuaire de sites
Fabrice Melka

Africa Past & Present. African on line digital library. The podcast about African history, culture, and politics

Notice créée le 17/05/2011, Notice révisée le 27/12/2016

Le blog Africa Past and Present, ouvert en janvier 2008, propose un ensemble de podcasts sur des thématiques d’ordre historique, politique, économique ou culturel concernant le continent africain et ses diasporas.

Sous la forme d’entretiens d’une trentaine de minutes, publiés au rythme de 1 à 2 par mois[1], des universitaires de diverses disciplines abordent une large gamme de sujets historiques ou liés à l’actualité : Islam en Afrique de l’Ouest, esclavage et traites négrières, place de l’Afrique dans l’océan Indien, environnement, prisons coloniales, football, genre, langues, identités…

L’écoute se fait directement en ligne (ouverture possible d’une fenêtre indépendante) mais le fichier son peut aussi être téléchargé au format mp3. Un flux RSS, dans lequel le fichier est lui-même inclus, permet de s’abonner et de suivre ainsi les nouvelles interventions. Les podcasts sont également disponibles sur la plate-forme Itunes (catégorie Higher Education). L’ensemble de ces ressources est sous licence Creative Commons (Paternité-Pas d'Utilisation Commerciale-Pas de Modification 3.0).

Concernant la navigation, on retrouve les attributs classiques d’un blog : les commentaires, la consultation par tags et par mois de publication. Un nuage de mots-clés permet de visualiser rapidement la richesse thématique de cet ensemble de ressources. Les thématiques dominantes sont l'Afrique du Sud et l'apartheid, la question du genre et les femmes, l'anthropologie, l'histoire et la politique, la traite négrière et l'esclavage.

Africa Past and Present a été lancé et est animé par Peter Alegi et Peter Limb, historiens de la Michigan State University. Le projet a été réalisé grâce à l’appui technique de MATRIX—The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online de la MSU dans le cadre du projet African On-Line Digital Library

Le site est en langue anglaise.

[1] En avril 2011 le site comptait 52 épisodes, 105 en décembre 2016.

Derniers articles

S’abonner à ce flux
  • > Episode 125: Gangs, Identity, and Power in Congo

    Didier Gondola (IUPUI, History and Africana Studies) on his book, Tropical Cowboys: Westerns, Violence, and Masculinity in Kinshasa. He reflects on how Hollywood Westerns shaped a performative young urban masculinity expressed through nicknames and slang, cannabis consumption, gender violence, fashion, and sport. Gondola also offers insights on Jean Depara’s photography, the recent DRC elections, and […]

  • > Episode 124: Cooking Data

    Cal Biruk (Oberlin, Anthropology) on the politics of knowledge production in African fieldwork. We talk about her new book, Cooking Data: Culture and Politics in an African Research World, based on HIV and AIDS research in Malawi. The discussion explores the social and cultural cleaning (“cooking”) of survey data and its implications for demographers and […]

  • > Episode 123: Boko Haram

    Alex Thurston (Miami University) discusses his recent book, Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement. Taking local religious ideas and experiences seriously, Thurston sheds light on northeastern Nigeria and the main leaders of Boko Haram; relationships with the Islamic State; the conflict’s spread to Niger, Chad, and Cameroon; and US foreign policy in […]

  • > Episode 122: Hip-Hop in Africa

    Msia Kibona Clark (African Studies, Howard University) on her new book, Hip-Hop in Africa: Prophets of the City and Dustyfoot Philosophers. Clark describes how her personal passion became academic expertise. She highlights African women emcees and the role of local languages and Pan-African elements in the music. In the final part of the interview, Clark […]

  • > Episode 121: Refugees in African History

    Bonny Ibhawoh (McMaster Univ.) and Christian Williams (U. Free State) on historicizing refugees in Africa. Looking at children evacuated from the Biafran War to Gabon and Ivory Coast, Ibhawoh discusses the politics of “refugee” labeling. Williams’s biography of a woman born in a SWAPO camp in exile in Tanzania shows how displaced people are agents […]

  • > Episode 120: Jazz Music and African Borderlands

    David Coplan (Wits, Emeritus) takes us on a journey from New York to Soweto and into the making of his ethnographic studies of music and popular culture in West and South(ern) Africa. Coplan then turns to his recent book about The Bassline jazz club in Johannesburg. The interview concludes with insights from his new research […]

  • > Episode 119: Rethinking African Humanities

    Jean Allman (Washington U.) on rethinking African humanities. She discusses her research on Ghana, women, and gender, and highlights the transformative potential of collaborative work. Allman reflects on African Studies publishing networks and then previews her ASA Presidential Lecture delivered at MSU: “#HerskovitsMustFall? A Meditation on Whiteness, African Studies, and the Unfinished Business of 1968.” […]

  • > Episode 118: Social Justice in South Africa

    Prof. Somadoda Fikeni (UNISA) and Nomzamo Ntombela (Stellenbosch) reflect on continuities and changes in South African social justice activism. Fikeni and Ntombela share their respective personal and political experiences, connecting the motives and lessons of 1980s anti-apartheid mass mobilization to the recent #FeesMustFall student movement. Click here to watch the “Campus Activism for Justice: From […]

  • > Episode 117: Albie Sachs on Fighting Apartheid and Building South African Constitutionalism

    Albie Sachs, former judge, freedom fighter, and professor, speaks (and sings!) about his anti-apartheid activism and lifelong commitment to equality and justice. He reflects on the enduring need for “soft vengeance” and draws on his 15-year term on South Africa’s Constitutional Court to emphasize the importance of constitutionalism for democracy. The interview concludes with Sachs’ […]

  • > Episode 116: Empire, Missions, and Culture in Southern Africa

    Prof. Norman Etherington (U. Western Australia) on empire in Africa, missions, and Southern African history. The interview focuses on themes of his distinguished career and influential works, such as The Great Treks, and his latest books Indigenous Evangelists & Questions of Authority in the British Empire 1750-1940 and Imperium of the Soul.

Pour citer cet article

Référence électronique

Fabrice Melka, « Africa Past & Present. African on line digital library. The podcast about African history, culture, and politics », Aldébaran, Blogs et listes de diffusion, [En ligne], mis en ligne le 17 mai 2011 11h10. URL : consulté le 25 mai 2019.

Droits d’auteur

Creative Commons by-nc-sa

Creative Commons by-nc-sa 
  • OpenEdition Journals