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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.

Africa is a Radio: Season 2 Episode 1 | Africa is a Country

Africa is a Radio Season 2 is here! In our inaugural episode, we have added two hosts, Sean Jacobs and Elliot Ross of of this site! In the first episode they have a discussion on the African media sphere, The South African student protest Rhodes Must Fall, and the upcoming Nigerian elections.

There is also of course a selection of music from Chief Boima touching on all corners of the African diaspora.

Africa is a Radio: Season 2 Episode 1 | Africa is a Country.

State of the Archives: An Analysis of South Afrca’s National Archival System

SA_archive_distressThis comprehensive report details dysfunction and distress in the state’s record-keeping across a wide variety of sectors, from local government records to historical archives.

This has serious implications for a range of essential processes in South Africa that depend on records, such as land claims, local governance, infrastructure development and corruption prevention. The report also notes the disappearance of important historical documents and a disintegration of many existing archives.


Click here to read the full text on The Archival Platform website.

AIAC Video: South Africa’s ‘born frees’ gag on the rainbow nation pill they’ve been fed for the past 21 years | Africa is a Country

Chimani Maxwele, a student at the University of Cape Town in South Africa caused a real stink earlier this month by flinging poo at the statue of Cecil John Rhodes on the university’s upper campus, protesting that black students are offended by ‘colonial dominance’ at the university, was indifferent to black students’ classroom experiences and failed to racially transform. Max Price, UCT’s vice chancellor (the equivalent of a university president), who is white, was quick to defend the Cape’s colonial heritage, insisting on moving the statue rather than removing it. Students hit back and online debates quickly turned to protests with last week ending in the statue being wrapped in garbage bags and students demanding a removal date.

Meanwhile, 700 miles away, in Grahamstown (named for a notorious British officer who had starved the Xhosa people into submitting to colonial authority) the Black Students Movement at Rhodes University stood in solidarity with UCT protestors and demanded that the name of their university be changed. It was a sticky situation for Dr. Sizwe Mabizela, Rhodes’s new vice chancellor (VC), just a few weeks after he was inaugurated as the “first black African VC” (the university’s boast). Last week Mabizela addressed a packed lecture theatre at an emergency student body meeting, insisting that the university would lose funding should the name change. Debates will continue this week as young black South Africans, known as the ‘born frees’, gag on the rainbow nation pill they’ve been fed for the past 21 years. Here’s some video shot for AIAC by student journalists at Rhodes University:

Read More:  AIAC Video: South Africa’s ‘born frees’ gag on the rainbow nation pill they’ve been fed for the past 21 years | Africa is a Country.

Photo exhibition Frits Eisenloeffel | IISH

The Dutch journalist Frits Eisenloeffel (1944-2001) captured the decolonization, liberation struggle and rebuilding process of various African nations during his travels on the African continent in the 1970s. Eisenloeffel was a committed journalist. In his eyes, journalism and engagement went very well together.

Frits Eisenloeffel started his travels in the Portuguese colonies of Guinea-Bissau, Cabo Verde and Mozambique. In 1975 he followed the future president Samora Machel of Mozambique on his tour through the country to prepare for the official transfer of power. In 1978 he visited Namibia to report on the elections. On he went to Zaïre and Senegal. In the 1980’s Eisenloeffel was very much captivated by the spirit of the Eritrean Liberation Front. He was the first journalist to report on the use of nerve gas by the Ethiopian army.
From 1983 to 1985 he worked extensively in Eritrea and the border area with Sudan, partly as a reporter and partly on a fact-finding mission in assignment of Dutch aid organizations.

The vast journalistic inheritance of Frits Eisenloeffel, including 20.000 slides now rests at the IISH. Out of these twenty thousand pictures, over three thousand are high-resolution digitized and described by Ben Krewinkel. Ben Krewinkel is a photographer and he studied Modern African History.  A selection of his photographs taken on the African continent is presented here.

Read more on Frits Eisenloeffel

Read more on Frits Eisenloeffels African travels

Copyright of the photographs rests with Immeke Sixma.

Photo exhibition Frits Eisenloeffel | IISH.