Episode 56: The Great Dance: Masks in Malawi

Dr. Gary Morgan, MSU Museum Director, on African masks and the Great Dance (Gule Wamkulu) in Chewa society, Malawi. Discusses origins and characters of Gule Wamkulu, and gender, political, educational and health aspects of masks and their future in a globalizing world. Accompanies MSU exhibition on masks and the first major book on Gule Wamkulu […]

Episode 22: Malawi’s Environmental History

Dr. Wapu Mulwafu (Univ. of Malawi) on African environmental history.  Mulwafu discusses the history of water use and management in Malawi, focusing on political and religious aspects of soil conservation and the importance of indigenous ecological knowledge and practices. He closes with insights on the challenges of “doing history” in Malawi.

Episode 68: Witchcraft, AIDS and Power

Adam Ashforth (Univ. of Michigan) on “witchcraft”  in rural Central and urban Southern Africa. Discusses connections with colonial and postcolonial power and authority; gender; spiritual insecurity and religious enthusiasm; law, culture, and HIV/AIDS in Malawi; “anti-anti-witchcraft,” and the “serious laughter” of photographer Santu Mofokeng.

Episode 36: Endangered African Languages

Mwalimu Deo Ngonyani (MSU Linguistics) on his research on Kikisi — a Bantu language spoken by 10,000 people on the shores of Lake Malawi in southwestern Tanzania. Ngonyani elaborates on projects committed to preserving ‘small’ languages and highlights the significance of government language policies, especially in regards to English and Swahili.

The Hosts

Peter Limb Dr. Peter Limb is Associate Professor (adjunct) of History and Africana Bibliographer at Michigan State University.  He has published widely on South African history and digitization in Africa.  Recent books include Nelson Mandela: a Biography (2008); Orb and Sceptre: Studies on British Imperialism and its Legacies (2008); Grappling with the Beast: Indigenous Southern […]