The Podcast about African History, Culture, and Politics
Episode 130: African Sports Studies
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.
Episode 129: Pan-African Scholarship, Black Entrepreneurship, and Digital African Studies
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.
Episode 128: Cherif Keita’s Life in African Studies
Cherif Keita (French and Francophone Studies, Carleton College) reflects on his life as a scholar from Mali and on his documentary films about John Langalibalele Dube and Nokutela Dube, founding figures of the African National Congress of South Africa. The interview closes with a discussion of musician Salif Keita’s journey from social outcast (as an albino) in Mande society to icon of world music.
Episode 127: AIDS Interventions, Elections in Malawi, and Digital Scholarship
Kim Yi Dionne (Political Science, UC Riverside) on her recent book, Doomed Interventions: The Failure of Global Responses to AIDS in Africa; the controversial May 2019 elections in Malawi, where she served as an observer; and hosting the Ufahamu Africa podcast and co-editing the Monkey Cage politics blog at the Washington Post.
Follow her on Twitter at @dadakim.
Episode 126: South(ern) Africa, Guinea, and Histories of Foreign Interventions
Elizabeth Schmidt (History, Loyola Maryland) on her activist beginnings and professional trajectory as an historian, first of Shona women in colonial Zimbabwe and later of Guinea’s independence movement. The second part of the interview focuses on Schmidt’s recent books on foreign intervention in Africa since 1945—a complex story driven by multiple geopolitical and economic interests, with largely negative repercussions for African nations and people.
Episode 125: Gangs, Identity, and Power in Congo
Didier Gondola (IUPUI, History and Africana Studies) on his book, Tropical Cowboys: Westerns, Violence, and Masculinity in Kinshasa. He reflects on how Hollywood Westerns shaped a performative young urban masculinity expressed through nicknames and slang, cannabis consumption, gender violence, fashion, and sport. Gondola also offers insights on Jean Depara’s photography, the recent DRC elections, and his forthcoming biography of André Matswa Grenard, an iconoclastic Congolese activist who died in prison in 1942.
Excellent variety of topics
I highly recommend this topic for anyone interested in learning more about Africa and the broad field of African Studies.
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.
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.