- 03 April 2015
By Matt Carotenuto, St. Lawrence University
On April 2, 2015 much of the world was reminded of unfortunate but now familiar tropes in viewing the East African nation of Kenya through themes of political violence and the “global war on terror.” In a brazen pre-dawn raid at Garissa University College in Northeastern Kenya, Somali based Al Shabaab militants killed 147 people. Most of victims were students. As Kenya grapples with challenges of insecurity in the porous Somali borderland, many questions about this specific attack are left unanswered. However, searching for quick answers to these heinous acts of violence often leads to incomplete and misplaced conclusions which have a detrimental impact on efforts to address the underlying roots of insecurity and violence.
- 03 March 2015
By Professor Mario D. Fenyo- Bowie State University
Introduction, An emerging biography, Appendices, List of works, Notes, Bibliography, Index, xi, 298 pp.
This work is a great meeting of minds: the mind of Abdul Karim Bangura with the mind of Toyin Falola.
As Bangura explains at the beginning, Falola has been the subject of five Festschriften already; he might have added, here comes another. Technically a Festschrift is a collection of writings by a group of scholars on a variety of subjects in honor of a single distinguished scholar. This particular volume does not fit the definition to the letter. Yet, I see it as a Festschrift nevertheless, honoring the same scholar, but written by a single scholar. Bangura approaches the subject from a variety of angles and various insights, without overlooking any major aspect of Falola’s vast production.
The book is organized into three sections, along with an introductory segment and a series of appendices after the conclusion. Part I is “Africa in the configuration of knowledge." Part II, the “Yoruba in the configuration of knowledge.” Part III is entitled “The value of knowledge: policies and politics.” Naturally, the book is permeated by knowledge, hence the “epistemologies” of the overall title. The last segments include a list of works by Falola, and a bibliography. The list includes 121 titles by Falola, which do not cover articles, but it does include some works edited by him and some other works that have more than one author, in addition to Falola himself. By and large the works are mostly his and his alone. The bibliography extends over 15 pages, single-spaced, using a small font that appears to be font “8”.
- 26 February 2015
ACLS African Humanities Program presents Recommendations for Reinvigorating the Humanities in Africa
By Eszter Csicsai, coordinator, ACLS African Humanities Program
On June 7, 2014, the African Humanities Program, an initiative supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and administered by the American Council of Learned Societies, convened a Forum on the Humanities in Africa at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria. At the AHP/Unisa forum, 40 leading academics from throughout the continent assessed the consequences of the marginalization of the humanities and offered suggestions to reverse this trend.
- 04 February 2015
By Andrew Stinson, American Political Science Association
The American Political Science Association (APSA) has launched a call for applications from early-career scholars who would like to participate in the 2015 Africa Workshop on “Conflict and Political Violence.” The two-week course will be held at United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya from July 20-31. The organizers, with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will cover all costs of participation for up to 26 qualified applicants.
- 28 January 2015
By George J. Sefa Dei
This piece was originally published on the Environmental and Community Services blog page. It has been republished here with the permission of the editor
Dr. George Dei is a professor at the University of Toronto, and is cross appointed at both the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, and the Department of Anthropology. He served as the first Director of the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)/University of Toronto (1996-2000), and is a Research Associate at the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration & Settlement (since 1998). In July 2007, he was installed as a traditional chief in Ghana (the Adomakwaa Hene of the town of Asokore), near Koforidua in the New Juaben Traditional Area. Dr. Dei teaches on the topics of: anti-racism and domination studies; sociology of race and ethnicity; international development; indigenous knowledge and anti-colonial thought; political ecology; and ethnography.