African Studies: Issues and Trends

The First European Conference on African Studies (ECAS) was organized by AEGIS (Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies) at the School of Oriental and African Studies and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in London in July 2005. This long-awaited conference was a great success. This year, the Dutch African Studies Centre is hosting its sequel, the Second European Conference on African Studies, from 11-14 July 2007 in Leiden.

ECAS 2 has as its theme “African Alternatives: Initiative and Creativity beyond Current Constraints”. Participants in some 90 panels will consider the nature of current constraints (internal and external) to Africa’s development, coping strategies implemented in all sectors of society, and diverse initiatives offering alternatives to the prevailing paradigms. The conference will be preceded by a meeting of European Africana librarians.

AEGIS Conference logoThe gathering of a large number of European Africanists in Leiden was seen by the Library, Documentation and Information Department of the ASC as a good opportunity to give special attention to publications on African Studies in our collection. These are presented here in the form of a Web Dossier. The dossier contains a selection of recent titles - both books and articles - from the library’s online catalogue, as well as annotated links to several online lists of African Studies journals and relevant websites. Each title is linked directly to the corresponding record in our online catalogue, which provides abstracts and lending information. Titles are arranged in two sections, followed by selected web resources:

  1. African Studies: General Issues
  2. African Studies: Country Perspectives
  3. Selected web resources

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African Studies: General Issues

On Africa: scholars and African studies: contributions in honour of Lennart Wohlgemuth / ed. by Henning Melber. - Uppsala : Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2007

Africa and the academy : challenging hegemonic discourses on Africa / Gloria T Emeagwali (ed.). - Trenton, NJ [etc.] : Africa World Press, 2006

Coverage of African related studies in international journals : greater exposure for 'public intellectuals' in sociology and industrial relations? / Geoffrey Wood & Pauline Dibben
In: African sociological review: (2006), vol. 10, no. 1, p. 180-192 : graf., tab

The African studies companion : a guide to information sources / Hans M. Zell. - Lochcarron : Hans Zell, 2006

African studies bibliography: a state-of-the-art review / Peter Limb
In: Africa bibliography, ISSN 0266-6731: (2005), p. VII-XV

Africanist librarianship in an era of change / Victoria K. Evalds & David Henige (ed.). - Lanham, MD [etc.] : Scarecrow Press, 2005

Edward Said, Africa, and cultural criticism / John Conteh-Morgan (ed.). - Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2005. - (Research in African literatures, ISSN 0034-5210 ; vol. 36, no. 3)

L'espace public face aux apories des études africaines / Tarik Dahou
In: Cahiers d'études africaines: (2005), vol. 45, cah. 178, p. 327-349

Reference guide to Africa : a bibliography of sources / Alfred Kagan (ed.). - Lanham, MD [etc.] : Scarecrow Press, 2005

Schwerpunkt: Afrikastudien = Special issue: African Studies / Henning Melber. - Hamburg : Institut für Afrika-Kunde, 2005. - (Afrika Spectrum, ISSN 0002-0397 ; Jg. 40, H. 3)

Special issue: African electronic publishing / Atieno A. Adala. - Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press, 2005. - (Africa today, ISSN 0001-9887 ; vol. 52, no. 2 (2005/06))

A guide to free online resources in African studies / Olive A. Adjah & Theodosia S. A. Adanu
In: Research review: (2004), n.s., vol. 20, no. 1, p. 49-56

A prescience of African cultural studies : the future of literature in Africa is not what it was / Handel Kashope Wright. - New York [etc.] : Peter Lang, 2004. - (Counterpoints, ISSN 1058-1634 ; vol. 40)

CODESRIA : 30-year tradition of African social science / Malgorzata Szupejko
In: Hemispheres: (2004), no. 19, p. [145]-150

Political economies & the study of Africa : critical considerations / Gavin Williams
In: Review of African political economy: (2004), vol. 31, no. 102, p. 571-583

Research, reference service, and resources for the study of Africa / Deborah M. Lafond & Gretchen Walsh (ed.). - New York : Haworth Information Press, 2004. - (The reference librarian, ISSN 0276-3877 ; no. 87/88)

Symposium : Marxism and African realities. - Leiden : Brill, 2004. - (Historical materialism, ISSN 1465-4466 ; vol. 12, issue 4)

book cover Taking sidesTaking sides : clashing views on controversial African issues / William G. Moseley (ed.). - Guilford, CT. McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, 2004

African studies and the postcolonial challenge / Rita Abrahamsen
In: African affairs: (2003), vol. 102, no. 407, p. 189-210

Debating the African condition : Ali Mazrui and his critics / Alamin Mazrui & Willy Mutunga (ed.). - Trenton, NJ [etc.] : Africa World Press [etc.], 2003

Legacies of engagement: scholarship informed by political commitment / Allen Isaacman
In: African studies review: (2003), vol. 46, no. 1, p. 1-41

Postmodernism, postcoloniality and African studies / Zine Magubane (ed.). - Trenton, NJ [etc.] : Africa World [etc.], 2003

Rethinking Africa's globalization
Vol. 1: The intellectual changes
/ Paul Tiyambe Zeleza. - Trenton, NJ [etc.] : Africa World, 2003

The academy and the crisis of African governance / John Murungi
In: African issues: (2003), vol. 31/32, no. 1/2, p. 9-23

The Afrocentric paradigm / Ama Mazama (ed.). - Trenton, NJ : Africa World, 2003

African scholarship and African Studies : challenges for our time / Colin Bundy
In: African research and documentation: (2002), no. 90, p. 5-15

Africanizing knowledge : African studies across the disciplines / Toyin Falola & Christian Jennings (ed.). - New Brunswick, NJ : Transaction Publishers, 2002                                           

Contested terrains and constructed categories : contemporary Africa in focus / George Clement Bond & Nigel C. Gibson (ed.). - Boulder, Col. [etc.] : Westview Press, 2002

Continuing a conversation: prospects for African Studies in the 21st century / Colin Bundy
In: African affairs: (2002), vol. 101, no. 402, p. 61-73

De l'Afrique à la surmodernité : un parcours d'anthropologue / Georges Balandier. - Paris : Gallimard, 2002

Ethical dilemmas facing Africanist librarians, archivists and scholars today / Peter Limb
In: African research and documentation: (2002), no. 89, p. 3-17

L'Afrique des africanistes / Kwame Anthony Appiah. - Paris : Gallimard, 2002

La traversée du désert : ou l'éloge du nomadisme interculturel dans les sciences sociales, pour qu'elles restent humaines / Christian Coulon. - Talence : Centre d'étude d'Afrique noire, 2002. - (Travaux et documents, ISSN 0298-8879 ; no. 71)

What is African studies? : some reflections / Edward A. Alpers & Allen F. Roberts
In: African issues: (2002), vol. 30, no. 2, p. 11-18

Africa Research Central: a clearing house of African primary sources / Susan Tschabrun
In: African research and documentation: (2001), no. 87, p. 11- 18

Africanizing anthropology : fieldwork, networks, and the making of cultural knowledge in Central Africa / Lyn Schumaker. - Durham, NC [etc.] : Duke University Press, 2001

Le sens de la lutte contre l'africanisme eurocentriste / Théophile Obenga. - Paris [etc.] : L'Harmattan, 2001

Looking East, heading South / Françoise Vergès
In: African studies review: (2001), vol. 44, no. 2, p. 141-149

book cover Women in African Studies

Photography and African studies : a bibliography / Massimo Zaccaria. - Pavia : University of Pavia, 2001

The scholarly journal in the production and dissemination of knowledge on Africa: exploring some issues for the future / Sulaiman A. Adebowale
In: African sociological review: (2001), vol. 5, no. 1, p. 1-16

Women in African studies scholarly publishing / Cassandra Rachel Veney & Paul Tiyambe Zeleza (ed.). - Trenton, NJ [etc.] : Africa World Press, 2001

Writing Africa's archaeological past: who writes for whom? / Graham Connah
In: The Australasian review of African studies: (2001), vol. 23, no. 1, p. 32-37

African Christian studies, 1967-1999 : reflections of an editor / Adrian Hastings
In: Journal of religion in Africa: (2000), vol. 30, no. 1, p. 30-44

Professor Simeon Hongo Ominde's contribution to geographical sciences / R. S. Odingo, E. S. A. Odhiambo & J. B. Ojwang
In: Issues in resource management and development in Kenya : essays in memory of prof. Simeon H. Ominde: (2000), p. 3-7, 8-16, 17-26

Theorizing gender and feminisms in contemporary African studies / Marc Epprecht
In: SAFERE: (2000), vol. 4/5, no. 2/1, p. 23-41

Uncertainty in Africa: shifting paradigms and levels of analysis / Goran Hyden
In: Manoeuvring in an environment of uncertainty : structural change and social action in sub-Saharan Africa: (2000), p. 29-51 : fig

African Studies: Country Perspectives

Een handvol kolanoten : antropologische opstellen aangeboden aan Wouter van Beek / Geert Mommersteeg, Ton Robben, & Wouter van Beek (ed.). - Maastricht : Shaker Publishing, 2006

French historiography on Africa: a historical and personal contextualization / Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch
In: Afrika Spectrum: (2006), Jg. 41, H. 1, p. 107-126

India and Africa : emerging scenarios / Sneh Lata Tandon (ed.). - Delhi : Centre for African Studies, Dept. of African Studies, University of Delhi, 2006

"A monument more lasting than bronze": the collections of the Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House, Oxford / John Pinfold
In: African research and documentation: (2005), no. 99, p. 13-25

A glimpse over the land and peoples of Mozambique: the collections assembled during the colonial period and their importance for the rebuilding of the history of Mozambique / Ana Cristina Roque & Lívia Ferrão
In: African research and documentation: (2005), no. 99, p. 27-36 : ill

African studies in China in the twentieth century : a historiographical survey / Anshan Li
In: African studies review: (2005), vol. 48, no. 1, p. 59-87 : tab

Inventaris van de wetenschappelijke expertise in België met betrekking tot Midden-Afrika / Karel Arnaut. - Tervuren : Koninklijk Museum voor Midden-Afrika, 2005

La collection de moyens d'échange du Cabinet des Médailles de Bruxelles: un ensemble d'objets importés en Afrique centrale par l'administration de l'État Indépendant du Congo / Jacques Schoonheyt
In: Bulletin des séances / Académie royale des sciences d'outre-mer: (2005), année 51, no. 4, p. 465-486 : fig., foto's, tab

Pour une généalogie de l'africanisme portugais / Elisabetta Maino
In: Cahiers d'études africaines: (2005), vol. 45, cah. 177, p. 165-215

Reference book / Anatoliy Savateev / Boris Petruk & Alexei Vassiliev (ed.). - Moscow : Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, 2005

The history and current situation of anthropological studies on Africa in Japan / Mitsuo Ichikawa
In: The African anthropologist: (2005), vol. 12, no. 2, p. 158-171

The Swahili Manuscripts Project at SOAS, 2000-2004 / Angelica Baschieri
In: African research and documentation: (2005), no. 99, p. 37-43

De l'africanisme aux études africaines : textes et "humanités" / Alain Ricard
In: Afrique & histoire: (2004), no. 2, p. 171-192

Images of race and redemption : the Protestant missionary contribution to Carl Meinhof's 'Zeitschrift für Kolonialsprachen' / Sarah Pugach
In: Le Fait missionnaire: (2004), no. 15, p. 59-95

Werkschau Afrikastudien = Le forum suisse des africanistes 4 / Jürg Schneider, Lilo Roost Vischer, & Didier Péclard (ed.). - Münster : Lit, 2004. - (Schweizerische Afrikastudien, 4 ; Le forum suisse des africanistes, 4)

Colonie, coloniali : storie di donne, uomini e istituti fra Italia e Africa / Carla Ghezzi. - Roma : Istituto Italiano per l'Africa e l'Oriente, 2003. - (Studi e ricerche ; 16)

Gedanken zur Afrikanistik - Zustand und Zukunft einer Regionalwissenschaft in Deutschland / Ulf Engel
In: Afrika Spectrum: (2003), Jg. 38, H. 1, p. 111-123

La documentation africaine à Bruxelles: les fonds du ministère belge des Affaires étrangères (Burundi, Congo, Rwanda) / Christine Deslaurier
In: Afrique & histoire: (2003), no. 1, p. 223-234

Nicht nur Mythen und Märchen : Afrika-Literaturwissenschaft als Herausforderung / Flora Veit-Wild (ed.). - Trier : WVT, Wiss. Verlag Trier, 2003

SOAS since the sixties / David Arnold & Christopher Shackle (ed.). - London : School of Oriental and African Studies, 2003

Voyages en Afrique sur le site de la Bibliothèque nationale de France / Philippe Revol
In: Afrique & histoire: (2003), no. 1, p. 211-222

"He is the true author of my book" : Carl Meinhof, Nicholas van Warmelo, and the ordering of Africanist knowledge, 1927-1935 / Sara Pugach. - Basel : Basler Afrika Bibliographien, 2002. - (Basler Afrika Bibliographien working paper, ISSN 1422-8769 ; no. 7)

African Studies in Portugal & the Lusophone world / Alvaro Correia de Nobrega
In: African research and documentation: (2002), no. 90, p. 71-89

Africana collections in South Africa / Lesley Hart
In: African research and documentation: (2002), no. 90, p. 59-70

De l'"africanisme" vu de France : le point de vue d'une historienne / Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch. - Paris : Gallimard, 2002

Études africaines : France, États-Unis / Bogumil Jewsiewicki. - Paris : Gallimard, 2002

Identifying new directions for African studies : the national survey of African Studies Faculty / Larry W. Bowman & Diana T. Cohen
In: African issues: (2002), vol. 30, no. 2, p. 2-10

New directions in reference and collections development in Africana collections in the United States / Laverne Page
In: African research and documentation: (2002), no. 90, p. 53-57

On documenting Africa in the Netherlands / Marlene van Doorn
In: African research and documentation: (2002), no. 90, p. 43-52

The changing face of African Studies in Britain, 1962-2002 / Anthony Kirk-Greene
In: African research and documentation: (2002), no. 90, p. 17-27

Une science impériale pour l'Afrique? : la construction des savoirs africanistes en France 1878-1930 / Emmanuelle Sibeud. - Paris : Éditions de l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, 2002. - (Recherches d'histoire et de sciences sociales, ISSN 0249-5619 ; 97)

Africa 2000 : forty years of African studies in Prague / Lubos Kropácek & Peter Skalník (ed.). - Prague : Roman Mísek, 2001

African Studies in Russia (with special reference to the Institute of African Studies, Moscow) / Vladimir Shubin
In: African research and documentation: (2001), no. 86, p. 21-26

African studies in the Netherlands: a brief survey / J. Abbink
In: African research and documentation: (2001), no. 87, p. 3-10

African Studies in the West Indies / Alan Cobley
In: African research and documentation: (2001), no. 86, p. 3-10

L'africanisme en Allemagne hier et aujourd'hui / Youssouf Diallo
In: Cahiers d'études africaines: (2001), vol. 41, cah. 161, p. 13-43

Leer mij Afrika kennen : vijftig jaar Afrika-Studiecentrum / Max de Bok. - Leiden : Afrika-Studiecentrum, 2000

The British intellectual engagement with Africa in the twentieth century / Douglas Rimmer & Anthony Kirk-Greene (ed.). - Basingstoke [etc.] : Macmillan, 2000



Selected web resources

Journals and periodicals
H-Africa Tables of Contents
The academic discussion list H-Africa has an ever growing tables of contents listing for academic journals.

Masterlist of periodicals abstracted/indexed
List of some 240 periodicals abstracted or indexed by the African Studies Centre Leiden.

List of Indexed Periodicals
List of some 500 periodicals that specialize in African Studies or consistently cover the African continent indexed by the Africana Periodical Literature Bibliographic Database (AfricaBib).

African South of the Sahara, Topics: Journals
Extensive list of Africa-related journals and periodicals from the subject guide maintained by Karen Fung, Stanford University.

Electronic Journals and Newspapers on Africa
Annotated list of online journals and newspapers maintained by Joseph Caruso, Columbia University.

Web links

African Studies: Organizations and Programmes
Guide to African Studies organizations and programmes worldwide, maintained by Karen Fung

Connecting Africa
Portal which provides access to African research information and digital materials produced in the Netherlands and elsewhere, maintained by the African Studies Centre Leiden.

Research institutes, universities and organizations, Non-Nordic, Europe
Annotated list from the Guide to Africa on the Internet maintained by the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala. Has separate lists of research institutes in the Nordic countries and elsewhere in the world.

AEGIS: Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies
Research network of European African Studies centres, notably in Barcelona, Basel, Bayreuth, Bordeaux, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Göteborg, Hamburg, Leiden, Leipzig, Lisbon, London, Mainz, Naples, Oxford, Paris, Trondheim, and Uppsala.

About African Studies
Links to a selection of online articles on African Studies; part of the subject guide maintained by Karen Fung.