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

Links this week: Morocco in ECOWAS, Winnie Mandela film, and more

Here are a few things we shared in this week’s episode: Thanks to an Africa is a Country film review by Sisonke Msimang (@Sisonkemsimang), we’ve got the documentary “Winnie” on our must-watch list. Msimang writes that the film “provides an in-depth look at the life and times of Winnie Mandela largely in her own words and in … More Links this week: Morocco in ECOWAS, Winnie Mandela film, and more

Ep21. A conversation with Dr. Souleymane Soumahoro on development and politics in Africa

In this week’s episode, we speak with Dr. Souleymane Soumahoro (@soumduce), an economist currently consulting at the World Bank. Originally from Côte d’Ivoire, Dr. Soumahoro earned his bachelor of arts degree in political economy from Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, his masters in economics at the Université D’Auverge in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and his … More Ep21. A conversation with Dr. Souleymane Soumahoro on development and politics in Africa

From Episode #2: What we’re reading this week

Tom Whyman, a fellow at the University of Essex, wrote “SOAS students have a point. Philosophy degrees should look beyond white Europeans” in The Guardian this week. Building on campaigns like #RhodesMustFall (which protested the presence of statues of Cecil Rhodes on UCT’s campus) and calls for a structural decolonization of the syllabus, students at SOAS have … More From Episode #2: What we’re reading this week