Ep71. A conversation with Erin Pettigrew on Muslim spiritual mediators, locally relevant research, and more

We begin this week’s episode announcing an exciting collaboration with The Monkey Cage to feature bonus content each Monday morning — a weekly reading of a book review from TMC’s African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular. The news we cover this week includes recent events in Sudan, Kehinde Wiley’s artist residency in Dakar, a nuclear project irradiating tsetse flies, and more.

Our featured conversation is with Erin Pettigrew, an assistant professor of History and Arab Crossroads Studies at NYU Abu Dhabi. Her research focuses on 19th and 20th century West Africa and histories of Islam, race, and healing in colonial and postcolonial contexts. Their conversation touches on how people deal with change over time, including practices involving the spiritual realm, which draws on what Erin learned in working on her exciting book project, To Invoke the Invisible: Islam, Spiritual Mediation, and Social Change in the Sahara. They also talk about Erin’s next book project on the history of a leftist political movement in Mauritania. Their conversation begins at 11:01. … More Ep71. A conversation with Erin Pettigrew on Muslim spiritual mediators, locally relevant research, and more

Links this week: Elections in the U.S. and Somaliland

In this week’s episode with Kenyan activist Boniface Mwangi, we talked about his book Unbounded, which is available in Kenya through his website and in the United States through Amazon. Mwangi will donate a book to a school for every book purchased in Kenya. During our conversation, he shared that he is currently reading Mao Zedong, and recommended the late … More Links this week: Elections in the U.S. and Somaliland

Links this week: Elections in Rwanda and Kenya, Nigeria’s missing president, & more

In this week’s episode, we chatted with Anna Mwaba (@annakapambwe) about her research on the African Union (AU) and on election monitoring. Just before our episode went live, former South African president Thabo Mbeki called on AU observers to intervene should things go wrong in Kenya’s election. (We’re quite certain our chat had nothing to … More Links this week: Elections in Rwanda and Kenya, Nigeria’s missing president, & more