AHA Draft Guidelines on the Evaluation of Digital Scholarship

By Seth Denbo (@seth_denbo)

We are publishing this draft on the web to obtain broad feedback from across the historical discipline. This is not the final version. We will be putting together a final draft for approval by the AHA’s Council in the second half of May based upon the comments we receive over the coming weeks. Please respond in the comments on this blog, on the Members’ Forum if you’re an AHA member, or anywhere on the web that suits you. If you blog about it or post comments elsewhere please let us know by tweeting at @AHAhistorians or sending me a quick e-mail.


No Place Like Home: Xenophobia in South Africa

By Khadija Patel and Azad Essa, photography by Ihsaan Haffejee


Running small convenience stores in the townships is a dangerous business for foreigners. Often serving their customers through locked gates, they are accused of spreading disease, stealing jobs and sponging off basic government services like electricity, running water and healthcare. But as violence against them continues, the South African government insists that criminality is behind it, not xenophobia.

Click here to explore the full story over at Al Jazeera.

How to Make Sense of the Garissa Attack in Kenya

To make sense of the attack by Al Shabaab on Garissa University near Kenya’s border with Somalia (official count of fatalities are 148; others say closer to 200), you may want to switch off television news. Especially since CNN is moving Nairobi to Nigeria and Tanzania to Uganda. Crucial will be how these attacks will be framed in the next few hours and especially how the Kenyan state will respond (already they’ve blamed the judiciary and in the past they’ve round up Somalis despite little evidence). Equally important is public opinion. So, like we did at the time of the attack by Al Shabaab on the Westgate Mall in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, we’ve compiled a bunch of links, including some twitter accounts, we suggest you read or follow.

Click here to read full post at Africa Is A Country.

Palgrave Macmillan | Open Peer Review Trial

Editor’s Note: This is an interesting online Peer-Review system which Palgrave is beginning to implement. Although it doesn’t have to do with Southern Africa explicitly, It’s an interesting method to think about as it pertains to digital humanities.

Proposals and sample chapters for the following economics titles are available for review and comment.  Before commenting, we strongly encourage you to read our advice for reviewers and community guidelines.

As you read and comment, please keep in mind that the sample chapters are in-progress drafts in various stages of completion, and that proposals and chapters have not been formally copy-edited.

Creating Economic Growth: Lessons for Europe [proposal; sample chapter; original reviews]
Marco Magnani, Harvard University, USA

Rosa Luxemburg: Theory of Accumulation and Imperialism, by Tadeusz Kowalik [proposal; preface; original reviews]
translated by Jan Toporowski, SOAS, University of London, UK and Hanna Szymborska, University of Leeds, UK


Economics | Palgrave Macmillan | Open Peer Review Trial.