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Directions and Provocations in African Studies


Refreshed for 2020, this article and chapter collection explores key areas of interest and relevance in African Studies. From legacies of Kanjogera in modern Rwanda to the democratization of literature in Algeria, the ideology of labor in Kenya, and climate change adaptation in KwaZulu Natal, the highlighted articles and book chapters traverse disciplines and themes. Browse these contributions to investigate new perspectives on Africa: its cultures, economies, politics, challenges, and opportunities.

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The articles below are free-access via this page only until 31 December 2020.

Political Economy

Article TitleAuthor(s)Journal TitleYear
Exporting corporate social responsibility into Africa? The experiences of South African companies in SwazilandDiana Sanchez BetancourtJournal of Contemporary African Studies2016
The Political Economy of Sugar in Southern Africa – IntroductionAlex Dubb, Ian Scoones & Philip WoodhouseJournal of Southern African Studies2016
Anti-fraud measures in Southern AfricaNataliya Mykhalchenko & Jörg WiegratzReview of African Political Economy2019
Is fin-tech the new panacea for poverty alleviation and local development? Contesting Suri and Jack’s M-Pesa findings published in ScienceMilford Bateman, Maren Duvendack & Nicholas LoubereReview of African Political Economy2019
African Regional Economic Integration in the Era of Globalisation: Reflecting on the Trials, Tribulations, and TriumphsClayton Hazvinei VhumbunuInternational Journal of African Renaissance Studies2019

Further Reading from Routledge

"Political economy: From conditionality to concessionary economic policy" in State-building Interventions in Post-Conflict Liberia: Building a State without Citizens, 1st Edition (2019). Chapter by Susanne Mulbah.

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"A gendered discourse on women’s access to housing in South Africa" in The Political Economy of Government Subsidised Housing in South Africa, 1st Edition (2019). Chapter by Claudine Hingston.

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African Literary and Cultural Innovations

Article TitleAuthor(s)Journal TitleYear
The Black Panther and the monkey chantSudip Sen
African Identities2018
Cultural heritage, artistic innovation, and activism on Amazigh Berber websitesDaniela MerollaJournal of African Cultural Studies2019
Modern African literary history: nation-and-narration, orality, and diasporaAto QuaysonJournal of the African Literature Association2019
Reclaiming African literature in the digital age: an exploration of online literary platformsZahrah Nesbitt-AhmedCritical African Studies2017
Confronting disillusionment: on the rediscovery of socialist archives in recent South African cultural productionKsenia RobbeSafundi2018
The Folktale and Social Values in Traditional AfricaEnongene Mirabeau SoneEastern African Literary and Cultural Studies2018

Further Reading from Routledge

"Afropolitanism and mobility: Constructions of home and belonging in Sefi Atta’s A Bit of Difference" in Locating African European Studies: Interventions, Intersections, Conversations, 1st Edition (2019). Chapter by Eva Rask Knudsen.

In the Academic Community

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Africa in Words

Blog post, January 2020
Responding to Carli Coetzee’s ‘Unsettling the Air-conditioned Room’: Journal Work as Ethos (1/2) by Rotimi Fasan 

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Blog post, January 2020
Responding to Carli Coetzee’s “Unsettling the Air-conditioned Room”: “Laboratory Building” and Africa-based and focused Literary Activism (2/2) by Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire

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Rotimi Fasan (Osun State University, Nigeria) and Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire, (Centre for African Cultural Excellence) each respond to Carli Coetzee's keynote address at the 2018 African Literature Association Annual Conference. The keynote is published and currently free-access in the Journal of the African Literature Association. 

Africa in Words is a blog that focuses on cultural production and Africa, covering books, art, film, history, music, theater, ideas and people and the ways they interact, through their publication and circulation, with societies, economies and space. AiW is a collective space made up of regular authors and guest contributors, and a collaborative editorial team, based in various and changing locations around the world, and in and beyond the academy.

Climate Change

Article TitleAuthor(s)Journal TitleYear
Coping with climate change in Africa: an analysis of local interpretations in Eastern Cape, SAAmos Apraku, Philani Moyo & Wilson AkpanDevelopment Southern Africa2018
U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement: implications for climate finance in AfricaOluwole OlutolaAfrica Review2019
How climate change impacts on regional security in West Africa: Exploring the link to organised crimeEbimboere SeiyefaAfrican Security Review2019
Climate change adaptation: the need for an Indian Ocean regional metamorphosisVictor R. Savage & Lin Qi FengJournal of the Indian Ocean Region2019
The role of culture in climate adaptation: ‘the nkanyamba caused that storm’Hayley LeckThird World Thematics2017
Making climate change adaptation programmes in sub-Saharan Africa more gender responsive: insights from implementing organizations on the barriers and opportunitiesElizabeth Bryan, Quinn Bernier, Marcia Espinal & Claudia RinglerClimate and Development2017

Further Reading from Routledge

"An African’s View of the Aftermath of Copenhagen’s Climate Change Conference" in The Political Economy of Development and Underdevelopment in Africa, 1st Edition (2013). Chapter by Olivier J. Tchouaffe.

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Language and Multilingualism

Article TitleAuthor(s)Journal TitleYear
English is an African language – Ka Dupe! [for and against Ngũgĩ]Biodun JeyifoJournal of African Cultural Studies2017
Multilingualism in Algeria: between ‘soft power’, ‘Arabisation’, ‘Islamisation’, and ‘globalisation’Anissa DaoudiThe Journal of North African Studies2018
A review of status of living languages of African originPaul Hendry NkunaAfrica Review2015
Utendajipepe wa Fasihi Simulizi: Haja ya Kuwa na Tawi JipyaAngelus MnenukaEastern African Literary and Cultural Studies2019
Mother-tongue education in South Africa: A highly contested terrain of the 21st centuryMedicine Magocha, Davie Elias Mutasa & Johannes Ratsikana RammalaSouth African Journal of African Languages2019

Further Reading from Routledge

"African youth languages: The past, present and future attention" in The Routledge Handbook of African Linguistics, 1st Edition (2018). Chapter by Sandra Nekesa Barasa.

In the Academic Community

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Citing Africa

Blog post, February 2020
Why publishing in Kiswahili can transform knowledge production on eastern Africa

Godwin Siundu, founding co-editor of Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies, highlights the journal's special double issue on "Trends in East African Swahili Literatures," published bilingually in Kiswahili and English (Vol. 5, Issues 3-4).

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Citing Africa is funded by the LSE Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fund, the LSE Department of International Development and the Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE).

Technology and Entrepreneurship

Article TitleAuthor(s)Journal TitleYear
Mobilising African music: how mobile telecommunications and technology firms are transforming African music sectorsChristiaan De Beukelaer & Andrew J. EisenbergJournal of African Cultural Studies2018
200 Years of Astronomy in South Africa: From the Royal Observatory to the ‘Big Bang’ of the Square Kilometre ArraySaul DubowJournal of Southern African Studies2018
“Ride-sharing”, virtual capital and impacts on labor in Cape Town, South AfricaPádraig Carmody & Alicia FortuinAfrican Geographical Review2019
Making Sense of Africa's Emerging Digital Transformation and its Many FuturesBitange Ndemo & Tim Weiss
Africa Journal of Management2017
Worker, businessman, entrepreneur?: Kenya's shifting labouring subjectCatherine Dolan & Claire GordonCritical African Studies2019
Rethinking publics in Africa in a digital ageSharath Srinivasan, Stephanie Diepeveen & George KarekwaivananeJournal of Eastern African Studies2018

Further Reading from Routledge

"Ghanaian agency in economic engagement in the 21st century: The role of Chinese transnational oil corporations in Ghana" in The Politics of Economic Reform in Ghana, 1st Edition (2019). Chapter by Isaac Odoom.

Further Reading from Routledge

"The use of electoral violence" in the Routledge Handbook of Democratization in Africa, 1st Edition (2019). Chapter by Dorina A. Bekoe & Stephanie M. Burchard.

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Citing Africa

Podcast, Episode 1
Why acceptance rates are falling and what can we do about it? 

Elizabeth Walker, Global Head of the Area Studies Portfolio at Routledge, joins Dr. Ryan Briggs and Dr. Sarah Cummings to discuss the lack of representation by Africa-based researchers in international journals.

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Citing Africa is funded by the LSE Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fund, the LSE Department of International Development and the Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE).

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