The Journal of African History Podcast highlights interviews with historians whose work has appeared in The Journal of African History, a leading source of peer-reviewed scholarship on Africa’s past since its creation in 1960. Hosted by journal editors and occasional guest hosts, episodes include discussions on how scholars find and interpret sources for African history, how authors’ research contributes to debates among historians, and how Africanist scholarship can add much-needed context to broader social and political debates.
Sarah Walters on African Historical Demography
How can the methods of historical demography help historians study the African past? Sarah Walters (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) talks to Shane Doyle about how her research uses parish registers in East, Central, and Southern Africa and to shed light on twentieth-century population trends, family formation, and broader societal change.
Her article 'African Population History: Contributions of Moral Demography' appears in the July 2021 issue, and introduces the JAH Forum 'Population Change and Demography in African History'.
Aïssatou Mbodj-Pouye on rural radio and infrastructure in Mali
JAH author Aïssatou Mbodj-Pouye (CNRS, IMAF-Aubervilliers) discusses her recent article on the history of rural radio in Mali with Southern Africa editor Marissa Moorman. Her article, “Radio and the Road: Infrastructure, Mobility, and Political Change in the Beginnings of Radio Rurale de Kayes (1980–early 2000s)”, appears in the March 2021 issue.