ISBN 9782869781979
Pages 496
Dimensions 229 x 152 mm
Published 2006
Publisher CODESRIA, Senegal
Format Paperback

The Study of Africa Volume 1

Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Encounters

edited by Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

This is the first of a two-volume work which takes stock of the study of Africa in the twenty-first century: its status, research agenda and approaches, and place. It is divided into two parts, the first on the academic disciplines and African Studies, the second on interdisciplinary studies.

Topics addressed in part one include: anthropology, race, ethnography and sociology in relation to area studies; African historiography, and the research and teaching of history in Africa in an era of institutional crisis and ‘global history’; and the need to rethink Africanist political sciences.

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'This two-volume collection…establishes entirely new parameters for Africanist scholarship…[it is] interested in answering the question: What is Africa's place in the world today?' 

Ato Quayson, Professor of English and Director, Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, University of Toronto, Canada

'…provides the most comprehensive and critical analyses of African studies in the world today…reveals a fundamental, though depressing, fact that the terms of global intellectual exchange are unequal…and that it is the responsibility of African scholars, both in the continent and in diaspora, to spearhead [the] struggle for intellectual decolonization and deconstruction.' 

Professor Bethwell A. Ogot, Chancellor, Moi University, Professor Emeritus of History Maseno University, Kenya

'Paul Tiyambe Zeleza has put together a timely publication that presents admirably critical assessments of the role and relevance of “African Studies”—its content, its march from Eurocentrism to be solidly based in contemporary Africa, and its place within the globalization agenda.'

Professor Lennart Wohlgemuth, Centre for African Studies, Gothenburg University

About the Editor

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza is widely recognized as one the leading authorities on African economic history. His book, A Modern Economic History of Africa, won the 1994 Noma Award for Publishing in Africa, the continent's most prestigious book award. In 1998 he recieved Special Commendation of the Noma Award for Manufacturing African Studies and Crises. He is also the recipient of Choice Outstanding Academic Title.

He is currently Vice Chancellor and Professor of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the United States International University-Africa, a position he assumed in January 2016. Prior to that, for twenty-five years he held senior administrative and academic positions at six universities in Canada and the United States. A renowned public intellectual, he has authored hundreds of essays and more than two dozen books, including works of fiction. He is a member of numerous editorial boards and the governing boards of several university associations, and is a much sought-after international speaker.

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