Ep. 104: Looking back on 2020 and forward to 2021

Happy New Year! We are back with our first episode of 2021, and a conversation between our co-hosts Kim and Rachel. On our minds from 2020: the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa, many of the elections held in the past year, and as always, we share what we are reading and the scholars and perspectives we’re watching.

Listen to the episode below!

Books from the Episode

Authoritarian Origins of Democratic Party Systems in Africa by Rachel Beatty Riedl

From Pews to Politics: Religious Sermons and Political Participation in Africa by Gwyneth H. McClendon and Rachel Beatty Riedl

Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change by Adam Branch and Zachariah Mampilly

Political Protest in Contemporary Africa by Lisa Mueller

Kilombo: International Relations and Colonial Questions by Mustapha K. Pasha, Meera Sabaratnam and Robbie Shilliam

Decolonising Intervention: International Statebuilding in Mozambique by Meera Sabaratnam

Politics of African Anticolonial Archive edited by Shiera S. El-Malik and Isaac A. Kamola

HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra Leone by Adia Benton

Other Links and Articles

Uganda: The Unsurprising Pre-election Violence by Security Forces” by Sylvie Namwase

Soldiers and Police Are on the Streets as Ugandans Prepare to Vote” by Travis Curtice

The Political Backlash of Repressive Policing” by Travis Curtice

Street-level Repression: Protest, Policing, and Dissent in Uganda” by Travis B. Curtice and Brandon Behlendorf

How Repression Affects Public Perceptions of Police: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Uganda” by Travis Curtice

Bobi Wine and the Making of a President” by Into Africa

Music Is the Weapon of the People” by Into Africa

Malawians Elected a New President in Tuesday’s Historic Election” by Kim Yi Dionne and Boniface Dulani

COVID-19 Kills Two Malawi Cabinet Ministers” by Frank Phiri

COVID-19 Kills Two Malawian Cabinet Members; President Declares State of National Disaster” by Lameck Masina

The Puzzle of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Africa” by Justin M. Maeda and John N. Nkengason

Africans Don’t Just Live to Die. A Response to the New York Times.” by Mamka Anyona

A Continent Where the Dead Are Not Counted” by Ruth Maclean

How Colonialism and Austerity Are Shaping Africa’s Response to the Coronavirus: An Interview with Simukai Chigudu” by Sa’eed Husaini

Back Home from South Africa, Malawian Migrant Workers Riot in Quarantine” by Lameck Masina

Top Stories of the Year 2020” by This Week in Africa

Previous Episodes We Mentioned

Ep. 29: A conversation with Professor Landry Signé on development in Africa


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