ASCL Community News May 2016

Visiting fellows and new publications

Community Members Samuel Ntewusu and Stephanie Cawood are currently visiting the ASCL. 

Samuel Ntewusu

Samuel Ntewusu is a 2016/2017 Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) visiting professor. He holds a PhD in History from the Leiden University, The Netherlands, and an Mphil in African Studies from the University of Ghana. Since August 2011 Ntewusu, has worked as Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. He is the co-coordinator of the research programme Society and Change in Northern Ghana: Dagomba, Gonja, and the Regional Perspective on Ghanaian History. In this programme, the ASCL collaborates with the University of Ghana at Legon and the University for Development Studies in Tamale and Wa, Ghana, as well as the University of Groningen, in the development of new research and capacity building in the field of regional history.

Stephanie Cawood is a lecturer in and Programme Director of the postgraduate Africa Studies programme in the Centre for Africa Studies at the University of the Free State. She is trained in communication science, with a particular contextual interest in African struggles for liberation, whether political, social or epistemic (including in Diaspora). In 2011, she obtained her PhD in Communication Science with her thesis titled The Rhetorical Imprint of Nelson Mandela as Reflected in Public Speeches (1950 – 2004). 
Her research at ASCL follows on her doctoral research and will explore the conceptual, cultural, ideological and historical influences that shaped the thought and rhetoric of Nelson Mandela. She is particularly interested in studying the intertextual dynamics in Mandela’s rhetoric with historical figures such as Jawarharlal Nehru, Martin Luther King Jr and Winston Churchill. The aim of this research is to deepen the understanding of Nelson Mandela’s rhetorical journey from struggle to liberation and unpack the various influences that made him the political figure he ultimately became.

New publications

- ASCL Community Member Samson A. Bezabeh has a new publication out: Subjects of Empires / Citizens of States: Yemenis in Djibouti and Ethiopia. 272 Pages, ISBN: 9789774167294, Oxford University Press ($ 49,50).
- ASCL Community Member Céline Seror is co-founder and director of IAM - Intense Art Magazine.The second issue, focusing on women of art, fashion and design from Senegal, was issued in Dakar on May 6 as part of the Dak’Art Biennale. You can order a copy here.