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3 | 2021

This Varia issue opens a new journey through the sources of our knowledge of Africa. It starts with the presentation of a unique aural source that highlights the complex relationship between local and global dynamics in Nigerian jihadism. An entirely bilingual paper (French and English) brushes a richly documented picture of a thirty-year-long research endeavour on the New Year festivities in Cape Town and their role in the construction of political identities. Other original contributions discuss the archeology of funeral sites in Sudan, anthropological approaches of migration and asylum in Uganda, the history of Afro-soviet networks through the Moscow archives related to Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembène, and the use of Antoine d’Abbadie’s travel notebooks for the history of Ethiopia and of the exploration trips in the Horn of Africa.

Last but not least, this issue hosts a conversation between three Rwandan historians about the historiography of the genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda. This paper highlights the variety of sources that can be used and helps to re-contextualise the debates that surround the recently released “Rapport Duclert,” commissioned by the French Presidency to elucidate the role of France in the genocide. This last paper is part of a broader collaboration with the Revue dhistoire contemporaine de lAfrique. Throughout the coming year, both journals will publish various contributions to reflect on how to write the history of the genocideand what to do with the materials that have not been exploited so far.

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