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 African Responses to Colonialism, 1840-1930 (2010); The ANC’s Early Years: Nation, Class, & Place in South Africa before 1940 (2010) and, in 2012, The Autobiography & Selected Works of A.B. Xuma and The People’s Paper: A Centenary History & Anthology of Abantu-Batho. His current research focuses on black history in the Free State. He has been a trailblazer in online communication in African Studies, such as H-Net and this podcast. He served as an international consultant for DISA and is currently building the African Activist Archive. He has helped forge MSU strategic partnerships in several African countries, including Nigeria and Malawi. In 2012, he received the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award.
Born and raised in Rome, Italy, I am Professor of History at Michigan State University and Director of Digital History Projects at Matrix. My work focuses on South African history, African leisure and popular culture, and the global history of football (soccer). My books include: Laduma! Soccer, Politics, and Society in South Africa (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2004, 2nd Edition 2010), African Soccerscapes: How a Continent Changed the World’s Game (Ohio University Press, 2010), and a new edited collection, with Chris Bolsmann, titled Africa’s World Cup: Critical Reflections on Play, Patriotism, Spectatorship, and Space (2013).