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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Book Announcements

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

There are no open calls for papers at the moment.

Calls for Fellowships

The Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) offers Fellowships (Junior/Senior) at the University of Ghana from September to December 2020 with the interdisciplinary fellow group “The Governance of Energy Transitions in the Global South”. Application deadline is October 15, 2019. For detailed information please visit: