Posts by MarW1

Appreciation of Patrick Chabal

We note with sadness the passing of Patrick Chabal, a specialist in Lusophone Africa who made an outstanding contribution to the field of African Studies. AEGIS – African Studies in Europe writes that he “made an impact on the field that most can only dream of” and that “the fact that AEGIS is such a vibrant community today owes a great deal to [his] inspired vision”.

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New online catalogue for Salvation Army archives

The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre has launched its first online catalogue. The Centre holds strong archival collections relating to the work of the Salvation Army in Africa.

See especially:

  • The Salvation Army’s international administration, including the Africa Zonal Department (AFZ), Chief of the Staff’s Office (COS) and the General’s Office (GEN).
  • ‘Overseas Territories’, such as Nigeria (NG), Zimbabwe (ZIM) and Zambia (ZAM).
  • Books and pamphlets in the reference library, for instance those written by / about SA missionaries and various African ‘Territories’ (such as H/ZIM.4, X/BEC.101).

Only a small fraction of the SA’s total holdings are currently available via the catalogue; additional catalogue records will be added several times a year. Some of the work behind the catalogue is described in the Heritage Centre’s blog , which will be regularly updated with posts relating to the collections.

The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre comprises archives, a library and a museum. Its collections relate to the Salvation Army’s work worldwide.

Writing Africa’s Futures, 5th July 2013 at the British Library

 WRITING AFRICA’S FUTURES
 
Friday, 5 July, 14:00–17:00
 
FREE (booking recommended) at the British Library Conference Centre, London
http://www.bl.uk/whatson/events/event145399.html
 
As part of the ‘Africa Writes’ festival and in collaboration with the Caine Prize, the Royal African Society and the British Library, this event celebrates 50 years of African Studies Association UK by featuring a panel discussion with acclaimed authors Doreen Baingana and Zoe Wicomb (pictured), chaired by the ASAUK President Stephanie Newell. The discussion will be followed by interviews and readings with the five Caine short-listed writers for 2013: Elnathan John, Tope Folarin, Pede Hollist, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and Chinelo Okparanta, chaired by Doreen Baingana.
 
Each year, the Caine Prize for African Literature maps new directions in contemporary writing. This session offers an in-depth discussion of the continent’s flourishing literary cultures and futures, where we will explore the new themes, techniques and genres being adopted by contemporary African writers and ask: where is African writing going in the 21st century? And, what can the literatures of Africa tell us about Africa itself?
 
Further information on the Africa Writes festival is here. 
 
 

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