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    Wakanda, Afrofuturism, and Decolonizing International Relations Scholarship

Wakanda, Afrofuturism, and Decolonizing International Relations Scholarship

As the highly-anticipated film Black Panther is released in cinemas, Yolande Bouka discusses Afrofuturism tugs firmly on black memory, recalling the role of Africans in contemporary International Relations. 

Next week, Marvel Studios will release one of its most anticipated films in the studio’s ten-year history. Black Panther, set in the fictional Wakanda, a vibranium resource-rich and technologically advanced African country, has shattered records by […]

Book Review: Afrotopia by Felwine Sarr

Anna Wood calls “Afrotopia” an inspiring manifesto and metaphor for a new Africa.
This book opens with a meditation on how Africa’s fate has long – since Antiquity – been decided from the outside. Its central thesis calls for the continent to move forward in a new way, locating itself at the centre. ‘Se penser, se répresenter, se projeter’ [To […]

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    Understanding South Sudan: Questions of Knowledge and Representation

Understanding South Sudan: Questions of Knowledge and Representation

Kara Blackmore explores some of the urgent questions of knowledge and its consequences in the South Sudanese context.

This article is part of our Politics of Return series, an AHRC/ESRC PaCCs-funded project which explores the dynamics of return and reintegration of refugees in Central and Eastern Africa. Follow all updates on the project on Twitter and Instagram through the hashtag #LSEreturn.

Since 2013, when post-independence war broke […]

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    Book Review- Learning from the curse: Sembene’s Xala by Richard Fardon and Senga la Rouge

Book Review- Learning from the curse: Sembene’s Xala by Richard Fardon and Senga la Rouge

Dagna Rams highlights the many uses of ‘Learning from the curse’: a fun and off-beat reportage of the place and the time, a film club companion for solitary viewers, and also a book to admire visually.

 

Directed by Ousamane Sembene, former Senegalese dock worker, who in his 30s turned to writing books and then expanded to film in order to […]

  • Permalink Amina Boubé encourages young women in Niger to to say no to forced marriage

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    Book Review: Marriage by Force?: Contestation over Consent and Coercion in Africa by Annie Bunting, Benjamin N. Lawrance, and Richard L. Roberts (eds.)

Book Review: Marriage by Force?: Contestation over Consent and Coercion in Africa by Annie Bunting, Benjamin N. Lawrance, and Richard L. Roberts (eds.)

Rhian Keyse recommends this book as essential reading for scholars and practitioners engaging in work to analyse and intervene in gender-based violence on the African continent and elsewhere.

Forced marriage in sub-Saharan Africa is a source of much international debate, especially with recent legal and policy attention to the role of such practices in conflict situations. Well-reported instances such as […]

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    Book Review: Everyday Media Culture in Africa: Audiences and Users edited by Wendy Willems and Winston Mano

Book Review: Everyday Media Culture in Africa: Audiences and Users edited by Wendy Willems and Winston Mano

Peter Chonka argues that the volume provides stimulating contributions that highlight the importance of changing media technologies in the ‘everyday’ lives of people on the African continent.

 

Featuring rich ethnographic and textual material – ranging from the phone use of Zanzibari hijabi ‘ninjas’ to a Zimbabwean tabloid’s take on the ‘Bulawayo penis prophet’ – the publisher’s generic series cover image […]

Film Review: N.G.O. – Nothing Going On

Simone Datzberger interviews Arnold Aganze whose latest film serves as a stern critique of how NGOs operate in African countries.

“Colonialism was easier to fight than the massive industry of NGOs in Africa.” says Arnold Aganze, a Congolese writer and director of his latest movie: N.G.O. – Nothing Going On. The movie starts off as a light story about how […]

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    Moroccan Francophone Literature in Translation: Abdellatif Laâbi’s In Praise of Defeat & Abdelkebir Khatibi’s Tattooed Memory

Moroccan Francophone Literature in Translation: Abdellatif Laâbi’s In Praise of Defeat & Abdelkebir Khatibi’s Tattooed Memory

As works of Morocco’s most famed writers are being translated for English readers to discover, Khalid Lyamlahy explores how translators have sought to capture the full range of nuance and diversity in their volumes, offering a new perspective on Moroccan identity and culture.

 

What can an Anglophone reader learn from Moroccan Francophone literature? At a time when multilingualism is […]

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    Reading List: @AfricaAtLSE Blog Posts of the Year – Editor’s Cut

Reading List: @AfricaAtLSE Blog Posts of the Year – Editor’s Cut

You may have already have seen our Most Popular Blog Posts of the Year, so you may be wondering what this is about. Well, this is to capture notable articles which did not make it into the Top 10, but stood out in other ways. This could be the way they resonated with their readers or how aptly they […]

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    Book Review – Water: New Short Fiction from Africa edited by Nick Mulgrew and Karina Szczurek

Book Review – Water: New Short Fiction from Africa edited by Nick Mulgrew and Karina Szczurek

Arresting, memorable and innovative – that is how LSE’s Matt Birkinshaw describes the new collection of short stories entitled Water: New Short Fiction from Africa.

A diverse collection of 21 pieces of short fiction in English, Water features work from across the continent with a concentration in South, and southern Africa.  The book presents work submitted to Short Story Day Africa […]

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