African Studies

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The birth of independent African nations, the rise of the Civil Rights movement and African-American Studies in the U.S., and the end of the Cold War all prompted the emergence of African Studies as an important area of inquiry in Africa, Europe, and North America. Founded as Africa was emerging from centuries of the slave trade and foreign domination, the field has sought to displace racist foreign notions to explore African perspectives on art, culture, economics, geography and the environment, ancient and modern history, literature, music, politics, religion, science and thought, and society.

Over more than half a century, the field has emerged as a diverse multidisciplinary effort that spans multiple epistemologies and methodologies, making it challenging for students and scholars to be informed about every applicable area. And given the diversity of African environments and peoples it is difficult to appreciate both its broad similarities and complex specificities. We have thus combined broad introductions to such subjects as African society, politics, or literature with specific studies of individual peoples, states, or literary traditions to enable the user to appreciate Africans’ distinctiveness as well as their diversity.

Since the literature on African Studies is diverse, fast moving, controversial, and scattered among unfamiliar sources, we have asked leading scholars to identify the most significant themes and areas of study in their fields, recommend the best sources for exploring them, and discuss these works conceptual and empirical significance to provide a series of guided studies through the diverse approaches to a wide array of complex subjects. A great deal of this work has moved online with the most recent scholarship, research, and statistics appearing in online databases. With advances in online searching and database technologies, researchers and practitioners can easily access library catalogs, bibliographic indexes, and other lists that show thousands of resources that might also be useful to them. In this situation what is most needed is expert guidance. Researchers and practitioners at all levels need tools that help them filter through the proliferation of information sources to material that is reliable and directly relevant to their inquiries. Oxford Bibliographies in African Studies offers a trustworthy pathway through the thicket of information overload.

 

Editor in Chief

Thomas Spear is Professor of African History Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where in addition to teaching, he was Director of the African Studies Program and Chair of the History Department. He is a leading scholar of pre-colonial and East African history, and has published a large number of books and articles on the subject, including The Kaya Complex: A History of the Mijikenda Peoples of the Kenya Coast to 1900 (1978), Kenya’s Past: An Introduction to Historical Method in Africa (1981), The Swahili: Reconstructing the History and Language of an African Society, 800-1500 (with Derek Nurse, 1985), Mountain Farmers: Moral Economies of Land and Agricultural Development in Arusha and Meru (1997), Being Maasai: Ethnicity and Identity in East Africa (ed, with Richard Waller, 1993) and East African Expressions of Christianity (ed. with Isaria Kimambo, 1999). He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Social Science Research Council, served as editor of the Journal of African History, and taught previously at La Trobe University and Williams College.

 


STANDING EDITORIAL BOARD

The City College of New York
Indiana University
Emory University
Northwestern University
Marywood University
University of California, Los Angeles

FOUNDING EDITORIAL BOARD

University of New Hampshire
University of Cambridge
University of South Carolina
Dartmouth College
The City College of New York
Emory University
Indiana University
Northwestern University
Marywood University
University of Cape Town
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Victoria

ARTICLES AND CONTRIBUTORS

* = recently published

Arts and Archaeology

Ann B. Stahl
University of Victoria
Pierre de Maret
University College London
Matthew Davies
University College London
Peter Mitchell
University of Oxford
Antoni Scholtens Folkers
African Architecture Matters Foundation
Patrick McNaughton
Indiana University Bloomington
Diane Pelrine
Indiana University Art Museum
Allen F. Roberts
University of California, Los Angeles
Mary Jo Arnoldi
Smithsonian Institution
Andrew B. Smith
University of Cape Town
Rachel MacLean
University of Manchester
Nate Plageman
Wake Forest College
Augustine Agwuele
Texas State University—San Marcos
Andrew J. Eisenberg
New York University in Abu Dhabi

Countries

Phillip Naylor
Marquette University
W. Martin James
Henderson State University
Mathurin C. Houngnikpo
Africa Center for Strategic Studies
John D. Holm
Cleveland State University
Mahir Şaul
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Patricia Daley
University of Oxford
Benedict Nantang Jua
South Carolina State University
Isabel Rodrigues
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Juan Fandos-Rius
Richard Bradshaw
Centre College
Iain Walker
COMPAS, University of Oxford
John F. Clark
Florida International University
Brett Logan Carter
Stanford University
Thomas Turner
Independent Scholar
Robert E. Smith
Independent Scholar
Claire Metelits
American University
Kenneth Menkhaus
Davidson College
Farha Ghannam
Swarthmore College
Alicia Campos Serrano
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Dan Connell
Boston University
David H. Shinn
George Washington University
Jeremy Rich
Marywood University
Donald R. Wright
State University of New York College at Cortland
Mohamed Saliou Camara
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Jónína Einarsdóttir
Háskóli Íslands
Scott Rosenberg
Wittenberg University
Adebayo Oyebade
Tennessee State University
Silvia Marsans-Sakly
Fairfield University
Jane Hooper
George Mason University
Owen Kalinga
North Carolina State University
Susanna Wing
Haverford College
Katherine Ann Wiley
Pacific Lutheran University
Dale Eickelman
Dartmouth College
Elizabeth MacGonagle
The University of Kansas
Chris Saunders
University of Cape Town
Ebiegberi Joe Alagoa
University of Port Harcourt
Atei Mark Okorobia
University of Port Harcourt
Noel Twagiramungu
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Gerhard Seibert
Universidade da Integração Internacional da Lusofonia Afro-Brasileira
Linda Beck
University of Maine at Farmington
Mark Pires
Long Island University
Mohamed Diriye Abdullahi
Chris Saunders
University of Cape Town
Jay Spaulding
Kean University
Gregory H. Maddox
Texas Southern University
Richard Allen
Framingham State University
Alexander Keese
University of Geneva
Silvia Marsans-Sakly
Fairfield University
Shane Doyle
University of Leeds
Aidan Stonehouse
University of Leeds
Francesco Correale
CNRS
David M. Gordon
Bowdoin College

Economy

Alice N. Sindzingre
University Paris-West-Nanterre
Merry Fitzpatrick
Tufts University
Daniel Maxwell
Tufts University
Ayodeji Olukoju
University of Lagos
Dana Kornberg
University of Michigan
Martin J. Murray
University of Michigan
Peter D. Little
Emory University
Andrew Walsh
University of Western Ontario
John McPeak
Syracuse University
Gordon Pirie
University of Cape Town

Geography and Environment

Heidi G. Frontani
Elon University
A. T. Grove
University of Cambridge
Heidi G. Frontani
Elon University

History

Toby Wilkinson
University of Cambridge
Pashington Obeng
Wellesley College
Herbert S. Klein
Columbia University
Kathryn M. de Luna
Georgetown College
Matthew G. Stanard
Berry College
Timothy H. Parsons
Washington University in St. Louis
John Yoder
Whitworth University
J. Jeffrey Hoover
University of Lubumbashi
Graham Connah
Australian National University
David C. Conrad
State University of New York at Oswego
Susan Keech McIntosh
Rice University
Gregory H. Maddox
Texas Southern University
Ruth Ginio
Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Jennifer Sessions
The University of Iowa
Marianne Bechhaus-Gerst
Universität zu Köln
Funso Afolayan
University of New Hampshire
Jonathan Reynolds
Northern Kentucky University
Ebiegberi Joe Alagoa
University of Port Harcourt
Atei Mark Okorobia
University of Port Harcourt
George M. La Rue
Clarion University
Edward A. Alpers
University of California, Los Angeles
Thomas Spear
University of Wisconsin—Madison
Mia Fuller
University of California, Berkeley
Jelmer Vos
Old Dominion University
John M. Janzen
The University of Kansas
Allen Fromherz
Georgia State University
John Lamphear
University of Texas, Austin
Allen Fromherz
Georgia State University
Allen Fromherz
Georgia State University
Marianne Bechhaus-Gerst
Universität zu Köln
Allen Fromherz
Georgia State University
Norrie MacQueen
University of St Andrews
E.S.D. Fomin
University of Yaounde, Cameroon
Simon Hall
University of Cape Town
John Wright
University of Cape Town
Maria Schoeman
University of the Witwatersrand
Thomas Spear
University of Wisconsin—Madison
Rhiannon Stephens
Columbia University
Curtis Keim
Moravian College
Ghislaine Lydon
University of California, Los Angeles
Babatunde Lawal
Virginia Commonwealth University

Language and Literature

Harold Scheub
University of Wisconsin—Madison
Aida Bamia
University of Florida
Marianne McDonald
University of California at San Diego
Evan Mwangi
Northwestern University
Sue Kossew
Monash University
Lameen Souag
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Philip J. Jaggar
SOAS, University of London
Evan Mwangi
Northwestern University
Evan Mwangi
Northwestern University
Andries Walter Oliphant
University of South Africa
Evan Mwangi
Northwestern University
Alena Rettová
SOAS, University of London
Ann Biersteker
Michigan State University
Karin Barber
University of Birmingham

Politics

Susan Thomson
Colgate University
Kenneth Menkhaus
Davidson College
Maren Milligan
Davidson College
Patrick Vinck
Harvard University
Phuong N. Pham
Harvard University
Niamh Gibbons
Harvard University
Jo Ellen Fair
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tim Stapleton
Trent University
Rod Alence
University of the Witwatersrand
John W. Harbeson
The City University of New York
Rebecca Shumway
College of Charleston

Religion

Thomas Spear
University of Wisconsin—Madison
Wyatt MacGaffey
Haverford College
John H. Hanson
Indiana University

Science, Medicine, and Health

Kalala Ngalamulume
Bryn Mawr College

Society

Steve Howard
Ohio University
Richard Waller
Bucknell University
Robert Launay
Northwestern University
Corrie Decker
University of California, Davis
Crawford Young
University of Wisconsin
Tea Virtanen
University of Helsinki
Nwando Achebe
Michigan State University
Stephen Belcher
Pennsylvania State University
David C. Conrad
State University of New York at Oswego
Marianne Bechhaus-Gerst
Universität zu Köln
Odile Frank
Public Services International
Herbert Lewis
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Martha Saavedra
University of California at Berkeley
Paul Spencer
University of London
Garth Myers
Trinity College
Karen Tranberg Hansen
Northwestern University

Women

Desiree Lewis
University of the Western Cape
Kathleen Sheldon
University of California, Los Angeles
Kathleen Sheldon
University of California, Los Angeles
Aili Mari Tripp
University of Wisconsin—Madison
Claire C. Robertson
The Ohio State University
Temilola Alanamu
University of Kent
Beverly Stoeltje
Indiana University Bloomington

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