Bonus: Kim Dionne’s TMC review of Nicholas Rush Smith’s book on vigilantism in South Africa

In this bonus recording, hear Ufahamu Africa host Kim Dionne read her review of Contradictions of Democracy: Vigilantism and Rights in Post-Apartheid South Africa, by Nicholas Rush Smith, published by Oxford University Press.

The review was published in this past Friday’s installment of the African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular (#APSRS19), and this recording is being shared as part of a collaboration with The Monkey Cage (@monkeycageblog), a blog on politics and political science at The Washington Post. … More Bonus: Kim Dionne’s TMC review of Nicholas Rush Smith’s book on vigilantism in South Africa

Bonus: Kim Dionne’s TMC review of Peter Mendy’s book, Amílcar Cabral

In this bonus recording, hear Ufahamu Africa host Kim Dionne read her review of Amílcar Cabral: A Nationalist and Pan-Africanist Revolutionary, a biography by Peter Karibe Mendy, published by Ohio University Press.

The review was published in this past Friday’s installment of the African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular (#APSRS19), and this recording is being shared as part of a collaboration with The Monkey Cage (@monkeycageblog), a blog on politics and political science at The Washington Post. … More Bonus: Kim Dionne’s TMC review of Peter Mendy’s book, Amílcar Cabral

Bonus: Kim Dionne’s TMC review of Sisonke Msimang’s book, Always Another Country

In this bonus recording, hear Ufahamu Africa host Kim Dionne read her review of Always Another Country, a memoir by South African writer Sisonke Msimang. The review was published in this past Friday’s installment of the African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular, and this recording is being shared as part of a collaboration with The Monkey Cage, a blog on politics and political science at The Washington Post. … More Bonus: Kim Dionne’s TMC review of Sisonke Msimang’s book, Always Another Country

Ep72. A conversation with Susanna Wing on intergroup violence and instability in Mali

In this week’s episode, we start with news about LGBTQ rights in Botswana, Russian interference in African countries’ domestic politics, and east African governments announcing increased spending on infrastructure. We also mention the upcoming book launch for Jeffrey Paller and Noah Nathan’s respective books at CDD-Ghana on June 19th.

This week’s conversation is with Susanna Wing, associate professor of political science at Haverford College. She is author of the award-winning book, Constructing Democracy in Transitioning Societies of Africa: Constitutionalism and Deliberation in Mali, that was later published in paperback in 2010 as Constructing Democracy in Africa: Mali in Transition. Earlier this week Susanna wrote a helpful explainer piece about the recent violence and instability in Mali, which we talk about in this week’s episode. Our conversation begins at 11:11. … More Ep72. A conversation with Susanna Wing on intergroup violence and instability in Mali

Bonus: Laura Seay’s TMC review of Ayisha Osori’s book, Love Does Not Win Elections

In this bonus recording, hear Ufahamu Africa host Kim Dionne read Laura Seay’s review of Love Does Not Win Elections, a memoir by Ayisha Osori. The review was published in this past Friday’s installment of the African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular, and this recording is being shared as part of a collaboration with The Monkey Cage, a blog on politics and political science at The Washington Post.  … More Bonus: Laura Seay’s TMC review of Ayisha Osori’s book, Love Does Not Win Elections

Ep71. A conversation with Erin Pettigrew on Muslim spiritual mediators, locally relevant research, and more

We begin this week’s episode announcing an exciting collaboration with The Monkey Cage to feature bonus content each Monday morning — a weekly reading of a book review from TMC’s African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular. The news we cover this week includes recent events in Sudan, Kehinde Wiley’s artist residency in Dakar, a nuclear project irradiating tsetse flies, and more.

Our featured conversation is with Erin Pettigrew, an assistant professor of History and Arab Crossroads Studies at NYU Abu Dhabi. Her research focuses on 19th and 20th century West Africa and histories of Islam, race, and healing in colonial and postcolonial contexts. Their conversation touches on how people deal with change over time, including practices involving the spiritual realm, which draws on what Erin learned in working on her exciting book project, To Invoke the Invisible: Islam, Spiritual Mediation, and Social Change in the Sahara. They also talk about Erin’s next book project on the history of a leftist political movement in Mauritania. Their conversation begins at 11:01. … More Ep71. A conversation with Erin Pettigrew on Muslim spiritual mediators, locally relevant research, and more