Zimbabwean historian Terence Ranger (1929-2015) is no more. Ranger was central to the historiography of Rhodesian colonialism and a keen observer of post-independent Zimbabwe. In the image above, taken in 1962, Ranger is on the left. At the time he was being deported from Rhodesia. In middle Joshua Nkomo, then leader of the liberation movement ZAPU, and second from the right is Robert Mugabe, who broke away from ZAPU shortly after (1963) to form ZANU. We’re putting together some tributes on Ranger. Watch this space. Meanwhile, browse some of his wide bibliography and this excellent interview with Ranger.
Muammar Gaddafi occupies a contested space in the histories of postcolonial Africa. What about his Libyan opponents?
The ongoing displacement and killings of minorities and the ongoing war in Tigray—labeled by the federal government as enforcing law and order—are disturbing. It can’t go on.
Nkrumah’s written works and speeches reveal a selective encounter and appropriation of tools—in this case from Marxist thought—that were translated through Nkrumah’s traveling theory.
Raoul Peck’s ‘Exterminate All the Brutes’ missed the opportunity to engage with the history of colonialism in a way that empowers viewers to imagine a future in which whiteness is not the locus of power and authority.
تكمن فرادة حالة العدمية في أفريقيا كتاريخ وحضارة وشعوب في ارتباطها المتشعب بواقع دموي عنيف من جهة وصيرورة رؤى طوباوية من جهة أخرى، كما يعبر عنه كل من رواية “ذوي الجمال لم يولدوا بعد” للكاتب الغاني ايي كواي أرما وفيلم “آخر أيام المدينة” للمخرج المصري تامر سعيد.
Oral histories conducted with women involved in South Africa’s liberation struggle offer us startlingly candid portraits of youth activism.
How racialized intellectual outputs placed in just the right circumstances can do the most damage.
Peter Ayodele Curtis Joseph was a prominent left nationalist in Nigeria’s struggle for independence. Then he was forgotten. How do we commemorate him?
Anyone who cares about civil society, free speech, and human rights should find the state’s digital silencing of its citizens deeply troubling.
Mexican American director John Gutierrez new film, set in Cape Town, South Africa, touches on colonialism, displacement, and man’s complicated relationship with nature.
French psychiatry in West Africa saw Black bodies as “alien” to white ones. It hasn’t changed much.
Israel projected itself as a plucky postcolonial nation. Many African nations and leaders bought into it. Israel’s occupation of the Sinai in 1967, changed that.
Two brilliant filmmakers and two stunning documentaries creating new narratives about migration.
Now that we have had time to process it: Uganda’s January 2021 elections were a key step in the country’s long transformation towards a fully fledged neoliberal society.
There can no longer be false justifications for holding Benin Bronzes, and other pilfered materials, in museums outside of Africa.
Mahmood Mamdani’s new book asks how communities that have been enemies can heal. But does it succeed?
A Black South African academic in the United States on breaking the silence on Israeli apartheid in US classrooms and on campuses.
A film about young Rwandan-Canadian creates more questions than it answers, particularly about identification, belonging, and memory.