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.

Contact: crgafricanhistory[at]gmail.com 

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, has been postponed!

Unfortunately, due to the circumstances surrounding the current Corona virus pandemic, the 5th Biennial CRG African History Conference has been postponed. It will be shifted to 2022, still to be held at the African Studies Centre in Leiden. Further information will be made available in due course.

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

Leiden NL, Summer 2020 - postponed! Due to the current Corona virus pandemic, the conference has been shifted to 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

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 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.