In this bonus recording, hear Ufahamu Africa host Kim Dionne (@dadakim) read her review of two recent books with insights on how increasing urbanization in Africa changes (or doesn’t change) politics and power: Noah L. Nathan’s (@noahlnathan) “Electoral Politics and Africa’s Urban Transition: Class and Ethnicity in Ghana,” and Jeffrey W. Paller’s (@JWPaller) “Democracy in Ghana: Everyday Politics in Urban Africa.”
The review was published in this past Friday’s installment of the African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular (#APSRS20), 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: Hear a review of two new books on what Africa’s urbanization means for politics
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
In this week’s episode, Kim sat down with Jennifer Hart, an associate professor of History at Wayne State University, at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting to talk about her latest projects in transportation. From her book, Ghana on the Go, to digital humanities, Kim and Jennifer discuss a wide range of topics during their … More Ep85. A conversation Jennifer Hart on transportation, digital humanities, and more
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
In this week’s episode, we talk about Malawi’s elections, the passing of Binyavanga Wainaina, and ethnic violence and displacement in Ethiopia. Our featured conversation is with Ato Kwamena Onoma, a political scientist currently serving as a senior program officer at the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa. He is also the author of two books, Anti-Refugee Violence and African Politics and The Politics of Property Rights Institutions in Africa, both published by Cambridge University Press. His segment begins at 13:06. … More Ep70. A conversation with Ato Kwamena Onoma on property rights, refugees, and more
We start our episode this week talking about recent pieces on Sudan published in The Monkey Cage, the row between Uganda and Rwanda, African migrants stuck in Mexico, and the latest on events in Mali. This week’s conversation is with Jeffrey Paller (@JWPaller), an assistant professor of politics at the University of San Francisco. He was formerly a fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University and a Research Associate at the Center for Democratic Development in Ghana. Our listeners might be familiar with Jeffrey’s weekly news bulletin, This Week in Africa. We spoke with him about his new book, published this week, Democracy in Ghana: Everyday Politics in Urban Africa. Our conversation with Jeffrey begins at 10:34. … More Ep65. A conversation with Jeffrey Paller on urban politics, democracy in Ghana, and more
This week’s episode begins with discussion of events in DRC, Malawi, and Algeria. We also talk about a new study showing how democracy is good for our health.
Our featured conversation is with Sally Nuamah, an assistant professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Her research sits at the intersections of race, gender, public education and political behavior. She made the award-winning film, HerStory. We talk with Sally about her first book, How Girls Achieve, released this week by Harvard University Press. Our conversation begins at 10:53. … More Ep61. A conversation with Sally Nuamah on girls’ education
We began our conversation this week on Tanzania and a proposed amendment to the Political Parties Act that would put opposition parties under greater scrutiny. This follows legislative moves to further stifle dissent. Here are the other stories and links featured in our newswrap segment as well as a few BONUS links: Political scientist Rachael McLellan (@RachaelMcLellan), wrote … More Links this week: Decreasing democracy in Tanzania, Ghana responds to US visa sanctions, and more
We’ve been a little behind in sharing links of things we’ve mentioned in our last three episodes, so here is a round-up of everything, starting with our most recent episode. … More Links roundup: book recommendations, elections in Nigeria and Madagascar, and more!
Don’t miss our first episode featuring an interview conducted at the African Studies Association annual meeting last week. We chat with George Bob-Milliar and Lauren MacLean about recent student protests at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), where George is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Political Studies. Lauren was on campus during the protests visiting Ghana for research; she is the Arthur F. Bentley Chair and Professor of political science at Indiana University at Bloomington.
In addition to telling the story of how the KNUST protests unfolded and the grievances students had that led to the protests, George and Lauren talk more broadly about what the protests (and state response) mean for academic freedom, democracy in Ghana, and more. Their segment begins at 6:51. … More Ep47. A conversation with George Bob-Milliar and Lauren MacLean about student protests at KNUST in Ghana