Ep. 120: A conversation with Zachariah Mampilly on researching African politics

Joining us this week is friend of the show, Zachariah Mampilly! He speaks with Kim about researching and teaching African politics, as well as his Program on African Social Research (PASR) which supports junior African scholars as they work to publish in academic journals.

In the news wrap, Kim and Rachel talk about the Islamic State in Mozambique, news from Nigeria, and political updates in Côte d’Ivoire. … More Ep. 120: A conversation with Zachariah Mampilly on researching African politics

Ep. 99: Wole Soyinka in conversation with Chris Abani

We are delighted to share this conversation between Nobel Prize winner Program of African Studies (PAS) and professor of English. Thank you to PAS for sharing this interview with us, which they hosted on October 2, 2020. Soyinka shares his thoughts on the American presidential election, the African diaspora, reclaiming African art, and more.

Before the interview, Kim and Rachel share some news highlights, including election controversies in Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire. … More Ep. 99: Wole Soyinka in conversation with Chris Abani

Ep91. A conversation with Peace Medie about gender and conflict in Africa, writing research and fiction, and more

The news wrap in this week’s episode offers tribute to Malawian economist and thinker Thandika Mkandawire, discusses COVID-19’s economic impacts, and more.

This week’s conversation is with Peace Medie (@PeaceMedie), a Senior Lecturer in Gender and International Politics at the University of Bristol. Her research examines gender, politics, and conflict in Africa. During a conversation we recorded at the African Studies Association annual meeting, we talk about campaigns to end gender-based violence, writing both academic research and fiction, the ethics of research in African politics, and more. During that chat, we talk about what she found when researching her newly published book, Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence against Women in Africa and we talk about her forthcoming debut novel, His Only Wife, which listeners can pre-order now. Her segment begins at 9:28.

As a content note to our listeners, our conversation touches on Peace’s research, which includes women’s reporting of sexual violence and rape to the police. … More Ep91. A conversation with Peace Medie about gender and conflict in Africa, writing research and fiction, and more

Ep40. A conversation with Abou Bamba on Françafrique, the Ivorian miracle, and more

To kick off Black History Month, this week’s episode features a conversation with historian Abou Bamba (@bambaab1), a professor at Gettysburg College, where he teaches courses in Africana Studies and History. We chat about his book, African Miracle African Mirage, which was published by Ohio University Press. … More Ep40. A conversation with Abou Bamba on Françafrique, the Ivorian miracle, and more

Links this week: Lesotho inauguration, deaths of African footballers, and more on Kenya’s elections

Here are a few of the things we shared in this week’s episode that featured a conversation with Dr. Kennedy Opalo (@kopalo) on the upcoming Kenyan elections: Lipolelo Thabane, the estranged wife of Lesotho’s prime minister, Thomas Thabane, was shot dead last week. Ms. Thabane was only 58, and she and her friend were travelling … More Links this week: Lesotho inauguration, deaths of African footballers, and more on Kenya’s elections