By George Njung. Africans’ lack of knowledge about our own shared refugee experiences continues to fuel hate and discrimination on the continent. For far too long, the global refugee situation has been misconstrued as static, with certain parts of the globe generating disproportionate numbers of refugees and others perpetually faced with the burden of hosting displaced peoples.
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By Rose Jaji. African “refugeeness” in the media, policy, and academia is an essentialist physical image conflating material deprivation and multiple victimhoods. Historically, African refugees were capable of political participation even to the point of building vibrant states in the new lands they fled to in precolonial Africa.
By Adérito Júlio Machava. During the period prior to the setting up of the Portuguese colonial administration in southeast Africa, there were important waves of forced migrations caused by, firstly, the Mfecane, and secondly the defeat of King Ngungunhane in 1895, and the subsequent overthrow of the Gaza Empire.
By Lazlo Passemiers. Not all people seeking refuge in Africa have been black. One group of white refuge-seekers in Africa consisted of whites who fled from their African countries of residence after the fall of colonial and white minority rule.
By Madina Thiam. On February 17, 1907, a brief note went out of the Dakar office of the Governor-General of French West Africa, addressed to subordinates. The governor had learned through French newspapers that: “According to a report on Northern Nigeria … thousands of Fulanis from the Middle Niger might be migrating from the French territory and heading towards the Nile valley.”
By Marcia C. Schenck. Are you interested in the history of refuge seeking in Africa? Please check out the recent blog series on Histories of Refuge. This series looks at how people have migrated, sought refuge, and settled, in and out of Africa. It also examines issues such as who gets to be called a refugee, and why?
By Ulf Engel The new special issue “Africa’s Transregional Conflicts” of the journal Comparativ. Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung (Journal for Global History and Comparative Research on Societies) addresses...
“Heritage occurs in a larger context of identity formation” – Conversation with Annalisa Butticci and Birgit Meyer
Birgit Meyer and Annalisa Butticci (both University of Utrecht) discuss the idea of heritage in a larger context of identity formation. Giving examples of their fieldwork Butticci and Meyer show...
Conference Report “Colonial Violence, Manichaean World”: Frantz Fanon, Hugo G. Olsson and the Postcolonial History of Contemporary Violence
By Timo Bonengel “In its bare reality, decolonization reeks of red-hot cannonballs and bloody knives”1. This is how French philosopher and psychiatrist Frantz Fanon captures the relation between decolonization and...
“What interests me is the role that firearms played in intercultural contacts” – 5in10 with Felix Brahm
Felix Brahm is currently a research fellow of the German Historical Institute in London. He received his Ph.D. from Humboldt University in Berlin with a book on the history of African studies in...