Web dossiers

Web dossiers were introduced by the ASCL documentation staff in 2001 as a new form of literature survey combining print material with electronic resources and web-based information.

The dossiers deal with topical issues in African Studies and are usually published to coincide with a conference or event or with recent developments in Africa. They appear on average three or four times a year.

A web dossier typically consists of an introduction to the subject, a selection of titles - both books and articles - from the collection of the ASCL Library and annotated links to electronic resources and relevant websites. Titles are linked directly to the corresponding records in the online catalogue, which provides abstracts and lending information.

All material included in the dossiers can either be borrowed or accessed in the library.

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China's second continent book coverOn the occasion of the Stephen Ellis Annual Lecture 2015, to be given by journalist-photographer Howard French on 10 December, the ASC Library compiled a web dossier on the Africa-Asia relations. French is the author of China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa, and will address the China-Africa encounter. The relationship between Africa and China and other Asian powers features heavily in the Library's collection. The subject is also well represented in ASC research, including in the research collaborative group ‘Africa in the world’, that contributed to the web dossier. The introduction is written by ASC researcher Mayke Kaag.

Previous web dossiers


Alcohol in Africa (November)


Katrien Polman (November)



Water in Africa (March)



Nelson Mandela (February)


African Cinema II (September)


Children in Africa (September)
China in Africa (April)


Amadou Hampâté Bâ (September)



African art (December)
African sport (February)


HIV/AIDS in Africa (December)
African Cinema (September)
Youth in Africa (April)


Islam in Nigeria (November)


Mongo Beti (October)
Nuba and the Sudan (September)