134 episodes

The Podcast about African History, Culture, and Politics

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    • 4.8 • 27 Ratings

The Podcast about African History, Culture, and Politics

    Episode 134:

    Episode 134:

    Neo Lekgotla laga Ramoupi (History, University of the Free State) on his new book, Cultural Resistance on Robben Island: Songs of Struggle and Liberation in South Africa (Skotaville 2024). After discussing the genesis of his scholarly interests, Dr. Ramoupi describes prisoners’ music— instruments, genres, styles—and its impact on surviving apartheid’s harshest prison. He then reflects on the relationship between prisoners and guards, and changes in Robben Island prison culture over time. The interview closes with Ramoupi’s reflections on the film, Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony, and a preview of his new Mellon Foundation-funded research project.

    • 47 min
    Episode 133:

    Episode 133:

    Peter Mark (Emeritus, Art history, Wesleyan Univ.) on his personal and scholarly journeys through precolonial Mande worlds. He shares insights from decades of experience working with an eclectic range of primary sources and archives. He then discusses the history of a Portuguese Jewish diaspora in Senegal and Afro-European identities. The interview closes with Mark’s preview of his latest research on trade and culture in Casamance and Guinea-Bissau, from the 15th to the 17th centuries.

    • 45 min
    Episode 132:

    Episode 132:

    Marissa Moorman (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, African Cultural Studies) on Angolan social history and media studies. We discuss the evolving trajectory of her scholarship, research in southern Africa and Portugal, and her latest book, Powerful Frequencies: Radio, State Power, and the Cold War in Angola, 1931–2002. The interview features a musical interlude (courtesy of Paulo Flores). It closes with insights on Moorman’s public-facing work with Africa Is A Country and provides a sneak peak into her current book project.

    • 47 min
    Episode 131:

    Episode 131:

    Historian Jessica Marie Johnson (Johns Hopkins Univ.) digs into her award-winning new book, Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World. The conversation brings out how Black women in Senegambia, the Caribbean, and Louisiana devised ways to gain control over parts of their lives and defined freedom for themselves in the age of slavery and the slave trade. The interview closes with Dr. Johnson’s thoughts on LifexCode: Digital Humanities Against Enclosure, which she directs, and on the critical role of ethical collaborative scholarship in academic endeavors.

    • 55 min
    Episode 130:

    Episode 130:

    Dr. Gerard Akindes discusses his experience playing and coaching basketball in West Africa and Europe, and the new Basketball Africa League. He considers the role of “electronic colonialism” in the sport media landscape and then reflects on his work advancing African scholarship through research publications and through Sports Africa, a coordinate organization of the U.S. African Studies Association that he co-founded in 2004.

    • 42 min
    Episode 129:

    Episode 129:

    Dr. Chambi Chachage (Princeton) discusses his intellectual journey from Dar es Salaam to Cape Town, Edinburgh, and Cambridge, Mass., his book manuscript on the history of Black entrepreneurs in Dar, and the changing role of digital humanities in the field of African studies. The interview concludes with Chachage’s insights on the controversial recent elections in Tanzania.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

vasilbill ,

Excellent variety of topics

I highly recommend this topic for anyone interested in learning more about Africa and the broad field of African Studies.

Jazz- ,

👍👍👍

Extremely interesting podcast. I have been looking for a podcast on Africa and there were not many options. This podcast explores issues that are taking/have taken place and provides great guest speakers with valuable commentary.

ericjmorgan ,

A Compelling Look Into the Heart of Africa

There are few parts of the world that have received less exposure in the media than Africa, a continent rich in history, culture, and diversity. Africa Past & Present is a welcome effort to bring stories from the African past and modern world to listeners across the globe. Hosted by Peter Limb and Peter Alegi of Michigan State University, the show features interviews, commentary, and debate from African scholars and Africans themselves on an array of topics relating to the continent's diverse history and peoples, both past and present. For those interested in the history and culture of Africa or the world of international affairs, Africa Past & Present is an essential listen.

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