Graphic poster calling for a product boycott.
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South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy

South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy tells the story of the South African struggle for freedom and democracy against systematic racism. A particularly valuable component of the Overcoming Apartheid website is first-hand accounts of this important political movement captured in more than 40 interviews with South African activists conducted specifically for this project. This site is…

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Preview of the new African Online Digital Library (AODL) Launched

Matrix: The Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences is pleased to announce the launch of a preview for the new African Online Digital Library (  Since 2000, the African Online Digital Library (AODL) has served as a portal to Matrix’s many digital projects focusing on African topics, featuring African voices, and providing access to…

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Matrix involved in Alliance for African Partnership conference in Dakar, Senegal

From February 21 to March 2, Michael Green represented Matrix on a trip to Dakar, Senegal with the Alliance for African Partnership (AAP). The goals of the trip included building interdisciplinary, inter-institutional communication, collaboration, and partnerships, and Michael helped facilitate meetings between existing Matrix partners and representatives from the AAP. The trip presented excellent opportunities…

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…

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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…

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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…