Collaborative Research Group African History

The aim of the Collaborative Research Group African History is to organise Africanist historians in Europe, to enhance the visibility of African history within the larger field of African Studies and that of history in Europe, and to promote the development of African history as a discipline within the larger domain of humanities and social sciences. It is an explicit aim to enhance the profile of African History within AEGIS. In order to reach any of these goals, the membership/participation in CRG-AH is open to both institutional and individual membership/participation of Africanist historians working within or outside AEGIS member institutes.

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CRG African History
Africa Studies Centre Leiden

Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

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Upcoming African History Events in Europe

The 5th Biennial CRG African History Conference, Leiden, postponed to 16-17 June 2022!

The 5th Biennal CRG African History Conference in Leiden is re-scheduled to 16-17 June June 2022, still to be held at the African Studies Centre in Leiden. 

Book Announcements

Rethinking White Societies in Southern Africa, 1930-1990s edited by Duncan Money and Danelle van der Zyl-Hermann, Routledge Studies in Modern History of Africa, open access

Rethinking White Societies in Southern Africa challenges the geographical and chronological limitations of existing scholarship by presenting case studies from Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe that track the fortunes of nonhegemonic whites during the era of white minority rule. Arguing against prevalent understandings of white society as uniformly wealthy or culturally homogeneous during this period, it demonstrates that social class remained a salient element throughout the twentieth century, how Southern Africa’s white societies were often divided and riven with tension and how the resulting social, political and economic complexities animated white minority regimes in the region. The book is fully open access and can be read and downloaded here.


Identités sahéliennes en temps de crise: histoires, enjeux et perspectives edited by Baz Lecoq and Amy Niang, Lit Verlag Münster, €44,90.

Cet ouvrage multidisciplinaire présente une série des réflexions critiques sur les dynamiques identitaires dans un Sahel « en crise ». Si cette dernière constitue un moment de rupture et de renouvellement des règles socioculturelles des sociétés sahéliennes, elle révèle également les aspects structurants et fondateurs de l’identité comme logique de reproduction, instrument politique et enjeu international majeur. Cet ouvrage montre que la pratique de l’identité produit à la fois des temporalités, des contingences, des idéologies, des légitimités et des imaginaires constamment réactualisés à travers le conflit, l’expression esthétique, le mouvement, ainsi que l’invention de nouvelles formes de vie.

This multidisciplinary publication presents critical reflections on the dynamics of identity formation in a Sahel “in crisis”: a moment of sudden rupture and change that radically alters the social and cultural structures shaping the present of Sahel societies, but which also reveal them to be political instruments with an international significance. The contributions show how conflict, movement, and aesthetics shape identity practices that produce temporal, contingent and constantly changing ideologies, legitimacies, imaginaries, and new ways of life in the Sahel.


Travail forcé et mobilisation de la main-d'œuvre au Sénégal (années 1920-1960) by Romain Tiquet, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, €26.

Based on original administrative archives, press articles and oral interviews, this book provides a social history of forced labour in West Africa. It focuses on the many actors who have shaped and adapted the colonial political econmy on a daily basis. At the crossroads of labour history, African history and colonial history, this monograph proposes a renewed reflection on the "mise en valeur" of colonial territories. More broadly, it interrogates the impact of forced labour on the rhetoric and manpower mobilization practices of postcolonial elites in the aftermath of Senegal's independence in 1960. With a preface by Alexander Keese and an afterword by Andreas Eckert.

CRG African History Biennial Conferences

The 5th biennial CRG African History Conference

We are happy to announce that the re-sceduled 5th Biennal CRG meeting will take place in Leiden NL from 16-17 June 2022. 

Report of last CRG conference in Pilsen 2018
Report of previous CRG conference in Leipzig 2016
Report of previous CRG conference in Durham 2014

Calls for Papers

“New Approaches to Mobility, Transport, and Infrastructure in Africa”

Venue: University of Ghana, Legon

Dates: 26-29 September 2022

Organisers: Point Sud and INTRA-International Network on Transport Research in Africa

Aims and Goals

The intellectual goal of this international workshop is to further new approaches to mobility, transport, and infrastructure in Africa by bringing the “New Mobilities Paradigm”, the “Infrastructural Turn”, as well as the “Spatial Turn” in connection to African studies.

The organizational goal is to formalize INTRA: The International Network on Transport Research in Africa, a network of scholars engaging with mobility, transport and infrastructure in African studies. The workshop will serve as a kick-off event for this network.

Key Concepts and questions

While questions of global connectivity and mobility have become mainstream in the social sciences, the debate has become somewhat disconnected from their material realities. Recently, researchers have begun to re-center the role of material infrastructures in African societies, including transport infrastructures. This renewed academic interest in infrastructure and mobilities coincides with a financial and political engagement of governments in Africa as elsewhere in the construction and upkeep of infrastructure, as well as discussions about the geostrategic use and ecological impact of transport infrastructures. The workshop will focus on the conceptual and theoretical aspects of this renewed interest in infrastructure and mobility in Africa via empirically grounded research. We propose to do so by bringing the “New Mobilities Paradigm”, the “Infrastructural Turn”, as well as the “Spatial Turn” in connection to African studies. Whereas the Infrastructural Turn is mainly concerned with the distinctive logics of technologies and their social, cultural and political use, the New Mobilities Paradigm––while taking its cue from the Spatial Turn––centers mobility as the very basis of a fundamentally relational human existence. Within these paradigms socially constructed space still keeps its physicality and materiality. How can we bring the Spatial Turn, the New Mobilities Paradigm, and the Infrastructural Turn in conversation with each other, while situating African infrastructure and transport networks in a global context? What are the specific conceptual questions that arise out of the application of these larger theoretical frameworks to African societies? Which analytical tools should we employ, and what, in turn, can the analysis of African contexts contribute to the development of such tools? How can we conceptualise the interdependency of the social, the economic and the technical in infrastructure? How do the politics of development impact transport and its infrastructure? How can such overarching concepts as ecology, gender, race, class, work, the colonial and the neocolonial be fruitfully worked in? We welcome empirically-based but theoretically oriented contributions addressing these and related topics and questions from all social science and humanities perspectives.


The workshop will combine invited participants with candidates selected via this call, based on the quality of the proposal and CV. Preference will be given to junior female scholars based in African institutions All costs of participation will be covered, excluding possible Corona-related costs (vaccinations, tests, etc.) and costs incurred for visa applications.

Please send an abstract of your paper (max. 300 words), and a one-page CV (including a maximum of 5 relevant publications) indicating your institutional affiliation, rank, and email address to: Please start your subject header with: ‘CFP Workshop Mobility’

The closing date for this Call is: 13 March 2022. No proposals will be accepted after this date.

Calls for Fellowships and Open Position

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