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. 118: A rerun of our conversation with Ashley Currier about LGBT organizing in Africa

This week, we are re-airing Kim’s interview with Ashley Currier, whose work looks at LGBT organizing in Africa. Currier spoke to Kim about her books, “Out in Africa” and “Politicizing Sex in Contemporary Africa,” visibility of African activists, and homophobia on the continent.

In the news this week: a coup in Mali, volcanic eruptions in eastern Congo, and reduced food rations in Rwandan refugee camps. Plus, Kim and Rachel share a summer music recommendation!

Don’t forget to also send us your good news! We will be sharing the wins of our listeners in a future episode, anything from exciting graduation announcements to book publications to being reunited with a family member after getting vaccinated! Email us a phone recording of your good news to ufahamuafrica@gmail.com. … More Ep. 118: A rerun of our conversation with Ashley Currier about LGBT organizing in Africa

Ep. 115: A conversation with Robtel Neajai Pailey on citizenship and Liberia

Robtel Neajai Pailey is a writer, activist, and academic whose recent book engages with the topic of citizenship in Africa, especially in Liberia. She joins Rachel for a great conversation about her work, the scholar-activists who influence and inspire her, and how to make our work ethical, emancipatory, and accessible. We conducted this interview on the sidelines of the 52nd Annual Liberian Studies Association conference, hosted by Cornell University’s Institute of African Development.

In the news wrap, Kim and Rachel talk about academic freedom in Zambia, the corruption trial in South Africa against its former president, and legal challenges surrounding closings of Kenyan refugee camps, and Twitter’s move to Ghana. … More Ep. 115: A conversation with Robtel Neajai Pailey on citizenship and Liberia

Ep. 105: Repatriation of Museum Objects, Part 1

This week, we are sharing expertise from Souleymane Bachir Diagne who spoke on a panel last October as part of “Repatriation of Museum Objects” for Cornell University’s Institute for European Studies. Next week, we will be sharing the expertise of Cécile Fromont, another of the event’s panelists, as part 2 of this episode.

In the news, Kim and Rachel talk about recent events in Ethiopia and Niger, how food security affects us all, and the recent transfer of power in the United States. … More Ep. 105: Repatriation of Museum Objects, Part 1

Ep. 104: Looking back on 2020 and forward to 2021

Happy New Year! We are back with our first episode of 2021, and a conversation between our co-hosts Kim and Rachel. On our minds from 2020: the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa, many of the elections held in the past year, and as always, we share what we are reading and the scholars and perspectives we’re watching. … More Ep. 104: Looking back on 2020 and forward to 2021