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, 18-19 June 2020
Call for roundtable proposals and nominations for the "Exciting Lecture on African History"

The 5th Biennial CRG African History Conference, hosted and organised by the African Studies Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands, will take place on June 18-19 2020. You can find the programme here. Those wishing to take part are kindly requested to register before 1 April 2020 with Mr Rik Jongenelen, secretary of seminars, communications & press at the ASCL (r.g.l.jongenelen[at]

Book Announcements

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.


Lost Nationalism, Revolution, Memory and Anti-colonial Resistance in Sudan by Elena Vezzandini, Paperback Edition, James Currey, £19,99.

In a six-month period in 1924, thousands of people took to the streets to demonstrate against colonial rule in Sudan, political unrest spreading with speed from the capital to the remotest provinces. This important contribution to the understanding of nationalism in an African context examines in detail the 1924 Revolution, a revolution for all and made by all: its ideology and its definition of a Sudanese nation; the social, political and economic conditions that made it possible; the strategies the movement used to spread to the masses; and the complex connections between history, power and memory in the representation of 1924 in Sudanese history. New Paperback edition with new epilogue.

CRG African History Biennial Conferences

The 5th biennial CRG African History Conference

Leiden NL, Summer 2020

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

Call for Papers for Panel on "Governing African Mobility: Actors, Institutions and Practices" at the VAD-Conference, Frankfurt a. M., 22-25 September 2020

Based on historically and ethnographically informed contributions, this panel explores the diverse practices of migration and mobility regulation on the African continent in order to question and challenge, in a second time, the notion of "migration governance" that prevails today in public debates and migration scholarship. Proposals can be submitted here.

Calls for Fellowships and Open Positions

Call for Applications for two PhD positions on urbanisation, urbanity and urban diversity in Leiden, the Netherlands

The African Studies Centre Leiden is looking for two PhDs related to urbanization, urbanity and urban diversity in relation to African Studies. In the framework of  the programme University of Edinburgh-University of Leiden Joint Funded PhD Studentships, the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) will recruit two PhD candidates. Candidates will identify and indicate their preferred area of research by taking into account that the proposed research must address topics of urbanisation, urbanity, and urban diversity in relation to African Studies. In addition, the research topic should also relate to one (or more) of ASCL’s priority research themes as identified by its Collaborative Research Groups. more information can be found here. Deadline: 1 May 2020.

Call for Applications for five Individual Fellowships, two Tandem Fellowships, as well as two Interdsiciplinary Fellow Groups at the University of Ghana for the Calendar Year 2021

The Merian Insitutite for Advanced Studies in Africa is offering five individual fellowships (Junior/Senior, 3-5 month), two tandem fellowships (3-5 month) as well as fellowhips in two Interdisciplinary Fellow Groups (Junio/Senior, up to 6 fellows, February-May and September-December) at the University of Ghana, Accra, for the calendar year 2021. Deadline for both calls: 31 March 2020. More information can be found here (for the individual fellowships) and here (for the Interdsciplinary Fellow Groups).

Call for Applications for the IFE Summer Institute 2020 on the Topic "Exploring New Frontiers: Knowledge Creation, Collaboration and Dissemination", at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, 20 July - 1 August 2020

The IFE Summer Insitute 2020 will focus on new avenues for knowledge creation with attendant consequences for national, social and economic development of African communities, building platforms for knowledge sharing and dissemination amonf pre- and postdoctoral scholars and ecouraging collaborative research and teaching as a means to educational and intellectual growth. The summer insitute takes place at AFRIGIST, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Deadline: 30 May 2002. More information can be found here.