Monthly Archives: September 2009

Episode 32: Africa and the Indian Ocean

alpers_2009bookcoverHistorian Ned Alpers (UCLA) on changing trends in Indian Ocean history and Africa’s centrality within it. Drawing from over three decades of research and a recently published book, Alpers discusses east African views of the Indian Ocean; slavery and the slave trade; resistance and agency.  He concludes by reflecting on the  daunting challenges and exciting opportunities facing Indian Ocean historians today. With guest host Laura Fair.

Episode 31: Garvey in Africa

vinson_portraitDr. Robert Vinson (History, College of William and Mary) on the spread of Garveyism in South Africa and its political and cultural impact.  Vinson explains how black men and women in the 1920s and 30s appropriated Garvey’s ideas of racial pride, pan-Africanism, and modernity to sustain themselves and to propel South Africa’s struggle for freedom.