A Conversation with Dr. Anne Mayor

Dr. Anne Mayor is a Senior Lecturer in the Archaeology and Population in Africa Laboratory  of the Anthropology Unit within the Department of Genetics and Evolution at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She is a member of the Human population and Palaeoenvironment in Africa project, an international initiative founded in 1997 that …

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Sahelian Tunes

Bamako Sounds

Is there a better way to reemerge from a long hiatus than with some Sahelian music posts? I think not. Exciting news out of University of Minnesota Press: Ryan Thomas Skinner (The Ohio State University) has a new book out entitled Bamako Sounds and it looks wonderful. Satellite Magazine held an interview …

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Crash Course History

Crashcourse

So I was recently acquainted with the phenomenon that is “Crash Course History” via a colleague of mine in the anthropology department (yes, I do realize I’m probably the last person to hear about them). For those of you that don’t know, these are very cool 10-15min online educational videos spanning a variety of topics /disciplines presented in …

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“Right now, books set in Africa are hot”

The Golden Hour

A thriller writer’s challenge: Make U.S. policy in Africa into a page-turner By RICHARD LEIBY Washington Post Sunday, September 7, 2014 (Published in print: Sunday, September 7, 2014) With “rampaging Islamist radicals, a military coup in Mali (a vital U.S. counterterrorism ally) and a damsel in distress – specifically a …

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The Impact of Conflict and Instability on Agriculture in Mali and Nigeria

A new study from the Brookings Institute regarding Malian and Nigerian food (in)security in relation to the ongoing conflicts. I’m sharing it, not because the conclusions themselves are particularly interesting or ground breaking, but rather the “Adaptation and Resilience” sections. Despite being abou two pages for Mali and Nigeria combines, they grabbed …

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IBK, one year on: A voter’s remorse

Another perspicacious opinion piece from Bruce Whitehouse and friends over at  Bridges From Bamako. “In June 2013, since many were saying that presidential candidate Ibrahim Boubacar Keita had no political platform, his campaign rapidly drew up a 56-page document. Entitled Pour L’Honneur Du Mali – Projet Présidentiel Le Mali D’Abord [“For …

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