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
In this week’s episode, we featured a chat with Jennifer Kyker on the mbira, gender, and music from Zimbabwe’s liberation movement. Much of the conversation referred to her 2014 article, “Learning in Secret: Entanglements between Gender and Age in Women’s Experiences with the Zimbabwean Mbira Dzavadzimu.” Somehow, we didn’t get a chance to talk about her excellent book, Oliver Mtukudzi: Living Tuku Music in Zimbabwe, published by Indiana University Press.
At the end of the episode, we asked for a music (in lieu of a book) recommendation and Jennifer Kyker told us about an artist who came to be known through songs he wrote during Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle: Comrade Chinx, aka Dickson Chingaira; Kyker specifically pointed our listeners to his “Nzira Dzemasoja” (which she translated to as “the path of soldiers”, and based in Mao’s principles of moral military combat): … More Links this week: Ethiopia’s new female president, #BecauseWeBleed protests in South Africa, and more
After an unplanned break, the podcast returns this week, highlighting a new film: Guangzhou Dream Factory. In a conversation with filmmaker Christiane Badgley (@pipelinedreams), we talk about African migrants in China and the missed opportunities in these entrepreneurs’ home countries. Much of Badgley’s earlier work is set in Africa. In recent years, she has focused her attention on the extractive industries and controversial U.S. investments in West and Central Africa, writing and producing film and new media work for multiple broadcast and online outlets. Guangzhou Dream Factory is Badgley’s latest documentary (with producing partner, Erica Marcus), and was made with funding from The National Endowment for the Humanities and The National Endowment for the Arts. Our conversation begins at 4:59. … More Ep30. A conversation with filmmaker Christiane Badgley about Guangzhou Dream Factory
In this week’s episode, we speak with Georgetown University professor Lahra Smith. Her book, Making Citizens in Africa: Ethnicity, Gender and National Identity in Ethiopia, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. Dr. Smith has taught and conducted research in refugee camps in East and Southern Africa, and has ongoing research on civic education … More Ep15. A conversation with Dr. Lahra Smith on refugees and migrants in the Horn of Africa