Ep. 115: A conversation with Robtel Neajai Pailey on citizenship and Liberia

Robtel Neajai Pailey is a writer, activist, and academic whose recent book engages with the topic of citizenship in Africa, especially in Liberia. She joins Rachel for a great conversation about her work, the scholar-activists who influence and inspire her, and how to make our work ethical, emancipatory, and accessible. We conducted this interview on the sidelines of the 52nd Annual Liberian Studies Association conference, hosted by Cornell University’s Institute of African Development.

In the news wrap, Kim and Rachel talk about academic freedom in Zambia, the corruption trial in South Africa against its former president, and legal challenges surrounding closings of Kenyan refugee camps, and Twitter’s move to Ghana.

Listen to the episode below!

Our Guest

Robtel Neajai Pailey

Books from the Episode

Weight of Whispers by Yvonne Owuor

Development, (Dual) Citizenship and Its Discontents in Africa: The Political Economy of Belonging to Liberia by Robtel Neajai Pailey

Growth of the Liberian State: An Analysis of Its Historiography by Clarence E. Zamba Liberty

Gbagba by Robtel Neajai Pailey

Jaadeh! by Robtel Neajai Pailey

Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction by Jack Hart

Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks

Other Links and Articles

Surviving on Borrowed Power: Rethinking the Role of Civil Society in Zambia’s Third-Term Debate” by Sishuwa Sishuwa

In Zambia, Covid-19 has claimed democracy, not human life” by Sishuwa Sishuwa

Zambia may burn after the August elections. Here’s how to prevent this” by Sishuwa Sishuwa

Uphold freedom of expression online, Zambian govt told” by The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia

Irony and panic as Zambia’s authoritarianism turns to intellectuals” by Fumba Chama

South Africa’s ANC allowed looting, president says” by Joseph Cotterill

South African corruption inquiry wants Zuma jailed for 2 years after no-show” by Reuters

All members of S.Africa’s ANC charged with corruption must step aside or face suspension -Ramaphosa” by Reuters

Malawi: Death penalty defeated as Supreme Court of Appeal rules it unconstitutional” by Amnesty International

Kenya orders closure of Dadaab, Kakuma refugee camps” by Al Jazeera

Kenyan court ‘temporarily blocks’ closure of refugee camps” by Al Jazeera

Establishing Twitter’s presence in Africa” by Kayvon Beykpour and Uche Adegbite

Job Opportunities for the Ghana Twitter Team

Twitter’s new office in Ghana seen as a snub to LGBT+ people” by Nita Bhalla

Previous Episodes We Mentioned

Ep. 113: A conversation with Nanjala Nyabola

Ep83. A conversation with Yvonne Owuor on development, politics, storytelling, and more

Ep55. A conversation with Ashley Currier on LGBTQ organizing in Africa


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