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Posted: 10 March 2017
New web dossier: Urban planning and urban architecture in Africa
On the occasion of the seminar on ‘The Beeker Method: Planning and Working on the Redevelopment of the African City’, jointly organized by the ASCL and African Architecture Matters on 23 March, the ASCL Library has compiled a web dossier on urban architecture and urban planning. The dossier opens with an introduction by Dr. Antoni Folkers (African Architecture Matters), and concludes with links to relevant websites. Read the web dossier.
Posted: 10 March 2017
Library Highlight: Turtle 1: building a car in Africa
Turtle 1: building a car in Africa tells the story of the Turtle, a car built entirely from reused or hand-made car parts, in Suame Magazine, an industrial zone in Kumasi, Ghana. This car-building project, initiated by visual artist Melle Smets and researcher Joost van Onna, is at the cutting edge of action research and art. It is the subject of our latest Library Highlight!
Posted: 08 March 2017
Chibuike Uche chair holder new Stephen Ellis Chair for Finance and Integrity in Africa
We proudly inform you that our senior researcher Dr Chibuike Uche has been appointed as the Chair holder for the new Stephen Ellis Chair for the Governance of Finance and Integrity in Africa at Leiden University. The Chair starts on 1 April and will be funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the first three years. The Netherlands’ Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Bert Koenders, (tbc) will officially launch the Chair on 4 April. Further information on the programme will be announced soon.
Posted: 07 March 2017
Africa at the 2017 International Film Festival Rotterdam
How was Africa represented at the IFFR this year? Interesting section was 'Black Rebels'. According to the curators, 'many democratic societies are facing the implications of the cultural divide and emerging racism. In film history there is no other movement that has been investigating and addressing these issues as thoroughly as black cinema'. Elvire Eijkman, film specialist of the ASCL Library, reports.
Posted: 07 March 2017
Launch of African Postal Heritage Papers
The ASCL joins LeidenGlobal in putting 'heritage' in the limelight in 2017-2018 and has started a new online series of 'African Postal Heritage Papers'. While earlier papers (2015-2016) covered the five areas of German postal presence in Africa before World War I (Cameroon, Togo, German East Africa, German Southwest Africa and Morocco), three new papers have been added: the former Spanish Sahara, the Spanish Canary Islands and Mauritania.
Posted: 06 March 2017
Research update Alice Kubo: Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship training in the Ghana Shea Industry
Alice Kubo is a PhD candidate in the research project Society and Change in Northern Ghana: Dagomba, Gonja, and the Regional Perspective on Ghanaian History. She focuses on entrepreneurial developments within the Ghana shea industry and the implications for livelihoods. Initially a traditional business, the Ghana shea trade is currently governed by new standards for production and certification. Alice Kubo looks into the impact those transformations have had on entrepreneurship.
Posted: 27 February 2017
Bij het afscheid van Kees Broere als Afrika-correspondent
Journalist Kees Broere neemt afscheid van het continent waar hij ruim achttien jaar woonde en werkte. Voor de Volkskrant en de NOS deed hij, doorgaans samen met cameraman Sven Torfinn, verslag van belangrijke gebeurtenissen en liet hij zien hoe die de levens van gewone mensen beïnvloedden. Het ASCL wil Kees Broere bedanken voor de vele mooie reportages waarin hij het Afrikaanse continent en zijn diversiteit voor een groot publiek toegankelijk wist te maken.
Posted: 23 February 2017
Seminar 16 March: The Nigeria-Biafra war, popular culture and agitation for sovereignty of a Biafran nation
In this seminar, ASCL visiting fellow 'Rantimi Jays Julius-Adeoye will focus on the representation of the Nigeria-Biafra war in popular culture, with an emphasis on film and literature. He will interrogate the role that fictional and non-fictional narration play in the memory of Nigerians in general and the Igbos in particular, while also looking at the link between the depiction of the war in popular culture and the renewed agitation for the nationhood of Biafra.
Posted: 21 February 2017
10 March: Roundtable: Human trafficking in the digital era. The ongoing tragedy of trade in refugees from Eritrea
In this Roundtable the book Human trafficking and trauma in the digital era. The ongoing tragedy of trade in refugees from Eritrea will be launched. The editors, Mirjam van Reisen (Tilburg University, Leiden University) and Munyaradzi Mawere (Great Zimbabwe University) will give a presentation, after which participants will discuss on the main topics of the book: ICT, disruption and social cohesion in Africa. The Roundtable is held on the occasion of the inaugural lecture of Prof. Mirjam van Reisen at Leiden University on 10 March at 16:00.
Posted: 20 February 2017
Contributions to the book 'Good Hope: South Africa and the Netherlands from 1600'
ASCL senior researcher Jan-Bart Gewald has written a chapter in the lavishly illustrated book 'Good Hope: South Africa and the Netherlands from 1600' that accompanies the exhibition with the same title in the Rijksmuseum (on show until 21 May 2017). ASCL honorary fellow Professor Emeritus Robert Ross is co-editor of the book and wrote the chapter about pre-colonial South Africa. The book explores what took place between 1652, when Jan van Riebeeck landed at the Cape, and Mandela's visit to Amsterdam in 1990.
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