Ep36. A conversation with Hilary Matfess on women and Boko Haram

In this week’s episode, I chat with Hilary Matfess (@HilaryMatfess), a doctoral student in political science at Yale University,  where she studies the intersection of conflict, governance, and gender. In our conversation, we talk about her new book, Women and the War on Boko Haram, which just came out this week.   Absent our news … More Ep36. A conversation with Hilary Matfess on women and Boko Haram

Ep35. A conversation with Boniface Mwangi on photography, running for office, and more

This week’s episode features a conversation with award-winning photojournalist and political activist Boniface Mwangi. Mwangi recently ran to be a member of parliament in Starehe constituency, which is in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. Thanks to the efforts of friend of the podcast Dr. Chipo Dendere, Mwangi recently visited the Pioneer Valley to give a lecture at Amherst College. While he was here, I sat down with him and asked about his recent campaign for office and about his book, Unbounded, which features stories about his life juxtaposed with a sample of some of his amazing photography. In addition to being sold in Kenya, Unbounded is currently available in the United States via Amazon. Our conversation begins at 2:14. … More Ep35. A conversation with Boniface Mwangi on photography, running for office, and more

Links this week: Women wrestlers of Senegal, Rwandan toddler taken to/adopted in Italy, and more

In this week’s episode with Judd Devermont, we talked about his recent publication in African Affairs, “The US intelligence community’s biases during the Nigerian civil war.” He made two book recommendations: Milan Vaishnav’s When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics and Ricardo Soares de Oliveira’s Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola Since the Civil War. Here are a … More Links this week: Women wrestlers of Senegal, Rwandan toddler taken to/adopted in Italy, and more

Ep34. A conversation with Judd Devermont on Nigeria’s civil war and how analysis can go wrong

In this week’s episode, I chat about the Nigerian Civil War with Judd Devermont, the National Intelligence Officer for Africa at the U.S. National Intelligence Council. He is also a lecturer at George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs. Devermont has worked and lived in Nigeria, South Africa, and Côte d’Ivoire. He holds an MA in African Studies from Yale University and a BA in History from UCLA. He is a guest on Ufahamu Africa in a personal capacity – as a citizen, not as a representative of the U.S. government. We talk about Devermont’s recent publication in African Affairs, “The US intelligence community’s biases during the Nigerian civil war.” Our conversation begins at 2:33. … More Ep34. A conversation with Judd Devermont on Nigeria’s civil war and how analysis can go wrong

Links this week: Mogadishu attacks, Kenya’s elections, Sudan’s film archives, and more

This week’s episode featured a conversation with Kiara Hill, one of the curators of “5 Takes on African Art,” an exhibition at the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) at the University of Massachusetts. (It was a prominent topic in last week’s episode with Amy Halliday). Kiara was one of the five curators; her exhibit is titled “[WOMB]an” … More Links this week: Mogadishu attacks, Kenya’s elections, Sudan’s film archives, and more

Ep33. A conversation with Kiara Hill on African art, black womanhood, knowledge production, and more

This week we chat with Kiara Hill, one of the curators of “5 Takes on African Art,” an exhibition at the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) at the University of Massachusetts. I talked about the exhibition with Amy Halliday in last week’s episode. Kiara Hill was one of the five curators, her exhibit [WOMB]AN explores the saliency of femininity and womanhood in West African cosmology. Kiara holds an M.A. in Women Studies from the University of Alabama and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts. Our conversation begins at 3:40. Listen to us talk about gender, power, race, and knowledge production: … More Ep33. A conversation with Kiara Hill on African art, black womanhood, knowledge production, and more

Links this week: ArtThrob, Togo protests, Zimbabwe cybersecurity, and more

In this week’s conversation with Amy Halliday, Amy mentioned a few contemporary art resources of potential interest to our followers: ArtThrob is “South Africa’s leading contemporary visual arts publication.” It is because of ArtThrob’s generous Creative Commons license that this week’s blog post features the work of Mary Sibande (@marysibande), who will receive Smithsonian African Artist award in … More Links this week: ArtThrob, Togo protests, Zimbabwe cybersecurity, and more