As a Zimbabwean playwright who lives in South Africa, Pedzisai Maedza, winner of the Africa Thesis Award 2014, in this web article reflects on the recent 'xenophobic' attacks against African immigrants in South Africa. Earlier, Maedza produced a play about the attacks on immigrants in South Africa in 2008. In 2014, he graduated with distinction at the University of Cape Town on a thesis that studies the use of testimonial performances around the concept of asylum.
Angela Kronenburg García's PhD dissertation has been published in the African Studies Collection. Contesting Control is about the Loita Maasai in Kenya who, faced with increasing outside interventions and pressure from neighbouring communities, the state and other agencies, have been struggling to maintain access and control over the land they inhabit and the forest they use. Angela Kronenburg García defended her dissertation at Wageningen University on 13 April.
Harrie Leyten's PhD thesis has been published in the African Studies Collection. In the book, Leyten describes how missionaries, anthropologists and curators of ethnographic museums have tried to come to grips with objects with power over the years. The research is based on available literature and makes use of the author’s own experiences as a missionary, anthropologist, Africa curator, and lecturer in museology.
Many African countries have experienced sustained economic growth, but few have achieved the type of structural change, driven by rising productivity, that has transformed mass living standards in parts of Asia. In the Developmental Regimes in Africa Synthesis Report, editor David Booth examines how DRA research has shed new light on how developmental regimes might emerge and be sustained in Africa in the 21st century. Among the other authors are the ASC's Ton Dietz and André Leliveld, with a contribution on the Agricultural ‘pockets of effectiveness’ in Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda since 2000.
Turkey has recently been showing increased interest in developing strong relations with African countries. The relatively new trend builds on the synergy of multiple public and private actors and Ankara has resorted to an arsenal of soft power instruments. Thus, development aid, humanitarian assistance and Islamic solidarity are strongly entwined with diplomacy and trade. Read this ASC Infosheet online or order a copy!
ASC senior researcher Benjamin Soares has a new co-edited volume out: New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa. The book analyzes Africa's rapidly evolving religious media scene. Following political liberalization, media deregulation and the proliferation of new media technologies, many African religious leaders and activists have appropriated such media to strengthen and expand their communities and gain public recognition. Media have also been used to marginalize and restrict the activities of other groups, which has sometimes led to tension, conflict, and even violence.
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