Micere Githae Mugo ( Syracuse, Emeritus) and Simon Gikandi ( Princeton) discuss the making and aftermath of The Trial of Dedan Kimathi and, on the 40th anniversary of the play, reflect on the play’s historical and political significance in Kenya and beyond; its innovative elements; and researching, writing, and enacting the play with Ngugi wa Thiong’o and with the community.
Part of a podcast series in collaboration with the U.S. African Studies Association.
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Africa, Podcast and tagged ASA, Dedan Kimathi, history, Kenya, literature, Mau Mau, Micere Githae Mugo, Ngugi wa Thiongo, Simon Gikandi, theater on . December 22, 2016
Author Ben Rawlence ( Open Society Foundations Fellow) on his new book: . He describes working in Dadaab, Kenya, and discusses Somali refugees’ daily struggles, their personal lives, social relationships, trade, and Islam. The interview closes with reflections on the international dimensions of the conflict in Somalia and prospects for peace. City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp
Abdilatif Abdalla is the best-known Swahili poet and independent Kenya’s first political prisoner. He discusses poetry as a political instrument and as an academic field; publication prospects for African poets; and how poetry enabled him to survive three years of solitary confinement, after which he spent 22 years in exile. The interview ends with Abdalla reciting his poem “Siwati” (“I Will Never Abandon My Convictions”).
With guest host Ann Biersteker.
Derek Peterson (University of Michigan) on the politics and practice of archives in East Africa, the precarious state of some archives, and exciting possibilities of preservation and digitization at Mountains of the Moon University in Uganda; “homespun” historians in and Mau Mau prisons in Kenya; and his forthcoming book Recasting the African Past Pilgrims & Patriots: Conversion, Dissent, & the Making of Civil Societies in East Africa.
Mac Maharaj ( South African activist and intellectual) explains why the model of South Africa’s transition to democracy cannot be replicated in powersharing agreements in Kenya and Zimbabwe. In the second part of this episode, recorded at the NEWSA meeting in Burlington, VT, Alex Beresford ( PhD candidate, University of Edinburgh) tells us about his research on union workers’ views of Tripartite Alliance politics in contemporary South Africa.
Kiki Edozie ( James Madison College at MSU) compares recent corruption scandals in Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya. She argues that democratic crises are closely tied to economic crises. At the end, the implications of these processes for African politics are considered.
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Podcast and tagged Africa, Alegi, capitalism, corruption, democracy, development, Kenya, Kiki Edozie, Limb, Nigeria, politics, South Africa on . October 15, 2008
Concerned Africa Scholars co-chair Sean Jacobs discusses the goals of this organization, its new blog and web site, and upcoming panels at the ASA meeting in Chicago. The second part of this episode features a conversation about African women’s sport with Martha Saavedra (African Studies, UC-Berkeley) and Anisa Adem (Founder, Future Generation African Girls Association).