Africa

Photograph of a seated woman and man with microphones.
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African Studies Association Workshop and Podcasts

The 60th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association took place recently (November 16-18), and many faculty and staff members associated with Matrix presented there. In particular, Matrix’s Dean Rehberger and Mike Green were very active in several ways at the conference. Together they organized a pre-conference workshop titled “Web Presence, Identity, and Podcasting,” which…

Black and white photo of African woman in a patterned headscarf.
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Archive of Malian Photography

MATRIX has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to support the Archive of Malian Photography. Its mission is to digitize, catalog, preserve, and make internationally accessible the archives of four of Mali’s most important photographers: Abdourahmane Sakaly, El Hadj Tijani Sitou, Malick Sidibé, and Adama Kouyaté. In collaboration with Candace Keller, a professor…

Two column poem written in Arabic.
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Pluralism and Adaptation in the Islamic Practice of Senegal and Ghana

Pluralism and Adaptation is a collection of four multimedia collections that explore two characteristics of Islamic faith in Senegal and Ghana: pluralism and adaptation. Pluralism looks at how people of different religious persuasions— including Islam, Christianity, and Judaism —have coexisted and mutually respected one another for centuries. Adaptation studies the ways in which Islam has…

Screenshot listing some of the workshop participants.
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The Internet and Women’s Democratic Organizing

The Internet and Women’s Democratic Organizing was a series of annual workshops centered around building capacity amongst women from the West African countries of Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, and Mali. The purpose of the workshop was to familiarize the attendees with the possibility of using Internet communications for women’s democratic organizing. Each participant was assisted in…

Screenshot of the home page of the South African Film & Video Project.
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African Media Program

The African Media Program (AMP) offers an online, comprehensive database of films, videos, and other audio-visual materials concerning Africa as well as education services about African media. The site hosts a comprehensive list of educational film resources that address African history, culture, and politics. Each resource is accompanied with helpful notes and annotations, including a…

Magazine cover of issue of Africa Media Review.
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African e-Journals Project

African e-Journals is a resource that makes journals published in Africa and about Africa more available to scholars worldwide. The project accomplishes this goal by offering three services. First, the site provides a directory of journals about Africa with information about how to locate tables of contents, abstracts, and full text online. Second, back issues…

Historic drawing of slaving ship and a canoe in Zanzibar
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The Liberated Africans Project

The need for collaborative research related to the global diaspora of Africans and their descendants is challenging because the documentation is extensive, multilingual and scattered around the world in hundreds of archives, libraries, churches, courthouses, government offices, museums, ports and personal collections. The overall aim of the Liberated Africans Project is to bring together as…

Photo of podcast recording with host Peter Alegi speaking with guest
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Africa Past and Present

Africa Past & Present, also known as Afripod, is a regularly released scholarly podcast focused on history, culture, and politics in Africa and the African diaspora. Developed in collaboration with the MSU Department of History, Africa Past & Present seeks to broaden the accessibility and availability of cutting-edge African scholarship and research. The shows feature…

Graphic poster against apartheid in South Africa.
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African Activist Archive

The apartheid government of South Africa was one of the most visible displays of racial injustice the world has ever known. While the South African fight to end that system is well documented, there was also a strong period of activism by American citizens during the 1950s-1990s to support the African peoples in their struggles…

Women shopping in a yam market in Ghana.
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African Oral Narratives

African Oral Narratives (AON) is home to seven collections of oral and life histories, folklore, and songs from Ethiopia, Ghana, and South Africa. These collections include interviews with: 1. Over 20 individuals involved in military intelligence operations in South Africa during the apartheid era. These interviews are supplemented and enhanced by selected photographs from South…