The articles in this special section highlight the need to adopt “an African-focused perspective” to understand African experiences of mobility. 1 The impetus for an African-focused perspective that places African experiences at the center
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Ajume H. Wingo
The Received View of the Roots of African Political Disarray It is generally acknowledged that Africans suffered greatly from European colonisation (e.g. Richards 1961; Robinson and Gallagher 1961 ; Young 1994). On what I will call the
Capacity-building projects in African higher education
Issues of coloniality in international academic collaboration
Hanne Kirstine Adriansen and Lene Møller Madsen
We address this gap by analysing the dilemmas and paradoxes entailed in Scandinavian capacity-building projects with African universities. 2 Scholars such as Soul Shava and Nkopodi Nkopodi (2016) argue that even though some African countries have
An Image of Africa in Sihle Khumalo's Dark Continent My Black Arse
Parody as Counter-Travel
“What is Africa to me now?” Christine Levecq (2015) asks in her examination of travel writing by African Americans returning to Africa, foregrounding the problematic reality of the image of Africa within discourses of travel writing. It seems to
'Repaying the National Debt to Africa'
Trusteeship, Property and Empire
This article explores the way in which the idea of trusteeship shaped questions relating to property and possession in nineteenth-century sub-Saharan Africa. Trusteeship is distinctive insofar as it sanctioned European dominion over territories in Africa while preserving an indigenous right in the wealth contained in these territories. The article illuminates the character of this relationship, first, by arguing that a narrative that reduces empire to a story of domination and exploitation ends up obscuring the complex property relations entailed by trusteeship. Second, it describes the introduction of trusteeship into the political, economic and social life of sub-Saharan Africa, focusing mainly on the experience of British colonial administration and the Berlin Conference of 1884-5. Third, it clarifies a relationship of unequal reciprocity that joined European commercial interests with the well-being of the so-called 'native' tribes of Africa.
This article responds to Michael Herzfeld's call for anthropologists to develop a new form of 'reflexive comparison' by imaginatively casting the peoples of the African Great Lakes as part of Melanesia. Specifically, it explores how notions of personhood and sociality in this African setting might be understood through interpretative approaches developed in the New Melanesian Ethnography of the 1970s and 1980s. It finds that this sort of thought experiment yields key insights by focusing analytical attention upon concepts of shared vital substances, upon practices intended to control the flow of these substances, and upon the agency of non-human actors (especially cattle) in shaping these processes. An examination of these features suggests new perspectives on a range of ethnographic 'problems', from condom use to Rwanda's ubuhake cattle exchange.
Reframing Africa at the Royal Ontario Museum
troubled exhibitionary and relational history involving an encyclopedic museum, its collections from Africa, and the African Canadian communities of the Greater Toronto Area. The history and the complicated intellectual, relational, and affective issues
In this article, I argue that individuals could be entitled to rights, outside those that are communally conferred, as part of the primary requirement of being ‘persons’ in the African communitarian set-up if the terms ‘person’ and ‘personhood’ are understood differently from the way they are currently deployed in the communitarian discourse. The distinction between these two terms is the basis of my thesis where clarity on their meanings could be helpful in establishing the possibility of ascribing rights outside those that are communally conferred. I argue that ontologically, a ‘person’ is prior to ‘personhood’ (understood in the normative sense) which is considered to find its fuller expression in a community and by virtue of this, I think that he or she is entitled to some rights outside those that are defined and conferred by the community. This is my point of departure in this article.
Re-imagining Strangeness and Spaces
John Sodiq Sanni
Introduction The word ‘migration’ has become a hot political issue in both African and international politics, more so in international politics because of the supposed threat that the influx of migrants poses on Western host countries
Stuck in the Colonial Past?
Perpetuating Racist, Environmental Myths of Kenya in a Swiss Zoo
Samantha S. Sithole, Marianna Fernandes, Olivier Hymas, Kavita Sharma, and Gretchen Walters
and present in the region ( De Genova 2018 ). Zoos are an important point of departure to do so. Using the case of Zürich zoo's recently opened African exhibit, this article argues that the zoo exemplifies what Kapoor (2004) terms as the ‘other