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A guide to resources for African Studies research.
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  • Africa South of the Sahara  
    Extensive selection of Africa-related internet resources prepared by Karen Fung (African Collection, Stanford Libraries) for the ICTG, African Studies Association.
  • African Studies Companion Online  
    Annotated guide to information sources for African studies--web sites, bibliographies, biographical resources, guides to economic, financial and population data, guides to film resources, news sources for Africa, the African press, libraries with major African studies collections, awards and prizes in African studies, and other reference tools. Published by Hans Zell.
  • African Studies Internet Resources  
    Compilation of electronic bibliographic resources and research materials on Africa. Created under the purview of the African Studies Department of Columbia University Libraries.
  • Encyclopedia of Africa  
    Articles cover prominent individuals, events, trends, places, political movements, art forms, business and trade, religions, ethnic groups, organizations, and countries throughout Africa. In-depth articles examine contemporary nations of sub-Saharan Africa, ethnic groups from various regions of Africa, and European colonial powers. Edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Kwame Anthony Appiah. Oxford University Press.
  • New Encyclopedia of Africa  
    Articles in anthropology, geography, history, and cultural studies by an international team of more than 600 distinguished Africanists (including over 150 from Africa and the African Diaspora). Features hundreds of photographs, including five color inserts, plus maps, thematic outline, chronology, and appendix of ethnic and identity groups. Edited by John Middleton and Joseph C. Miller. Thomson/Gale.

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About the Collection

The Library supports teaching and research on sub-Saharan African topics.   Acquisition of material published in Africa or (especially) in African languages is highly selective.

Summer Acquisitions

A selection of recently acquired titles:

  • B5305 .J44 2013
    Listening to ourselves : a multilingual anthology of African philosophy / edited by Chike Jeffers.
  • DT1177 .S68 2013
    Southern African liberation struggles : new local, regional and global perspectives / edited by Hilary Sapire and Chris Saunders.
  • DT159.6.D27 A69 2012
    Comment venir à bout du conflit au Darfour / Kaïdar Ayoub, Mohi Eldine El Sheikh Yahia.
  • DT1924 .M37 2013
    An outline of the new African movement in South Africa / Ntongela Masilela.
  • DT1949.G55 A3 2012
    Songs and secrets : South Africa from liberation to governance / Barry Gilder.
  • DT476.23.S36 A53 2012
    La capture de Samory (1898) : L'achèvement de la conquête de l'Afrique de l'Ouest / Julie d'Andurain.
  • DT515.83.E47 A3 2013
    The accidental public servant / Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai.
  • DT543.65 .M68 2013
    American colony on the Rio Pongo : the War of 1812, the slave trade, and the proposed settlement of African Americans, 1810-1830 / Bruce L. Mouser.
  • DT570.N67 2012
    Le Nord-Cameroun à l'épreuve des pluralismes : quand les sciences sociales interrogent / sous la direction de Adder Abel Gwoda et Alawadi Zélao.
  • HM1126 .C98 2012
    Picking up the pieces : the church and conflict resolution in South Africa and Rwanda / Samuel Cyuma.
  • HQ1810 .I43 2012
    Women in search of citizenship : experiences from West Africa / Ayesha Imam and Evelien Kamminga.
  • HX458.A6 O45 2012
    L'expérience congolaise du socialisme de Massamba-Débat à Marien N'gouabi / Jérôme Ollandet.
  • JQ3096 .U52 2005
    Contesting the Nigerian state : civil society and the contradictions of self-organization / edited by Mojúbàolú Olúfúnké Okome.
  • JV9022.A446 2013
    Kinship networks and international migration in Nigeria / Olayinka Akanle.
  • JZ1773 .H36 2014
    Handbook of Africa's international relations [electronic resource] / editor, Tim Murithi.
  • JZ6010 .M33 2012
    Politiques de la mémoire et résolution des conflits / Jean-Serge Massamba-Makoumbou.
  • XXKTL470 .S58 2013
    The impossible machine : a genealogy of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission / Adam Sitze.
  • XXKZ7162.M53 2013
    Sex and international tribunals : the erasure of gender from the war narrative / Chiseche Salome Mibenge.
  • PN5499.E8 R48 2013
    The quest for press freedom [electronic resource] : one hundred years of history of the media in Ethiopia / Meseret Chekol Reta.
  • PN56.B62 G78 2013
    Breaking the silence : South African representations of HIV/AIDS / Ellen Grünkemeier.
  • PQ3989.2.E3535 S53 2013
    The shadow of things to come / Kossi Efoui ; translated by Chris Turner.
  • PR9348 .M46 2013
    A memory this size and other stories : the Caine Prize for African writing 2013.
  • PR9348 .Q83 2013
    Queer Africa : new and collected fiction / edited by Karen Martin and Makhosazana Xaba.
  • PR9369.2.S37Z596 2013
    Olive Schreiner / Carolyn Burdett.
  • PR9369.3.D26S87 2013
    Strange pilgrimages : short stories / Achmat Dangor.
  • PR9387.9.E36 J69 2013
    The Joys of motherhood : a novel / by Buchi Emecheta ; introduction by Stéphane Robolin.
  • PR9387.9.O373 L584 2013
    Love gifts / Ojaide, Tanure.
  • PS3619.E758 M36 2013
    Mama Namibia : a novel / by Mari Serebrov.
  • UB418.C45 W75 2013
    Ravaged innocents / John Wright.

Early Summer Acquisitions

  • B5320 .A76 2013
    Ibuanyidanda (complementary reflection) and some basic philosophical problems in Africa today : sense experience, "ihe mkpuchi anya" and the super-maxim / Innocent I. Asouzu.
  • BP64.A37 I855 2013
    Islam in Africa south of the Sahara [electronic resource] : essays in gender relations and political reform / Edited by Pade Badru, Brigid Maa Sackey.
  • BV3625.N6 C67 2012
    Cross and scalpel : Jean-Marie Coquard among the Egba of Yorubaland / Edmund M. Hogan.
  • BX6322.M3 L65 2011
    Christians by grace-- baptists by choice : a history of the Baptist Convention of Malawi / Hany Longwe.
  • DT19.8 .T45 2013
    Teaching Africa [electronic resource] : a guide for the 21st-century classroom / edited by Brandon D. Lundy and Solomon Negash.
  • DT2996 .H37 2013
    The hard road to reform : the politics of Zimbabwe's global political agreement / edited by Brian Raftopoulos.
  • DT387.952 .W66 2013
    Buried in the sands of the Ogaden : the United States, the Horn of Africa, and the demise of détente / Louise Woodroofe.
  • DT433.285 .S456 2013
    Between militarism and technocratic governance : state formation in contemporary Uganda / Anders Sjögren.
  • DT447 .M36 2013
    Aspects of colonial Tanzania history / Lawrence E.Y. Mbogoni.
  • DT578 .F67 2013
    Understanding confusion in Africa [electronic resource] : the politics of multiculturalism and nation-building in Cameroon / Peter Atech-Afac Fossungu.
  • GE160.N3 K74 2013
    Environmental infrastructure in African history [electronic resource] : examining the myth of natural resource management in Namibia / Emmanuel Kreike, Princeton University.
  • HC800 .E234 2013
    Eastern and western ideas for African growth / edited by Kenichi Ohno and Izumi Ohno.
  • HC800 .R675 2013
    Africa emerges : consummate challenges, abundant opportunities / Robert I. Rotberg.
  • HC900 .B85 2013
    Building a common future in Southern Africa / author, Joannes Mongardini with Tamon Asonuma [and nine others].
  • HC905 .B87 2013
    Business and governance in South Africa : racing to the top? / edited by Tanja A. Börzel, Professor of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, Christian R. Thauer, Assistant Professor, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
  • HD1491.5 .E43 2013
    GAIN methodology : diagnosis and design of change processes within producer organizations / by Aziz Elbehri, Maria Lee, Carina Hirsch, Marwan Benali.
  • HD8801.A5 C6753 2013
    COSATU's contested legacy [electronic resource] : South African trade unions in the second decade of democracy / edited by Sakhela Buhlungu, Malehoko Tshoaedi.
  • HN801.Z9 S625 2013
    Class in Soweto / Peter Alexander ... [et al.].
  • HQ1090.7.A35 P694 2013
    The power of gender, the gender of power : women's labor, rights and responsibilities in Africa / edited by Toyin Falola and Bridget Teboh.
  • HT985 .B53 2013
    The black urban Atlantic in the age of the slave trade / edited by Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Matt D. Childs, and James Sidbury.
  • HV6771.S68 S47 2012
    The Kebble collusion [electronic resource] : ten fateful days in a R26 billion fraud / Barry Sergeant.
  • HV875.58.A358 C45 2013
    Child fostering in West Africa [electronic resource] : new perspectives on theory and practices / edited by Erdmute Alber, Jeannett Martin and Catrien Notermans.
  • JQ2720.A58 M395 2013
    Knowledge to action by rapprochement : counsel to actors seeking impact through policy and reform of institutions in Central Africa / Peter N. Mbile.
  • JQ2720.A979 S68 2013
    Liberation movements in power [electronic resource] : party & state in Southern Africa / Roger Southall.
  • JQ3096 .P34 2012
    Postelection conflict management in Nigeria the challenges of national unity / John N. Paden.
  • JQ3096 .S73 2013
    State fragility, state formation, and human security in Nigeria [electronic resource] / edited by Mojúbàolú Olúfúnké Okome.
  • JQ3756.S8 K44 2013
    Federalism and ethnic conflict in Ethiopia : a comparative regional study / Asnake Kefale.
  • JV8790 .G56 2012
    The global horizon : expectations of migration in Africa and the Middle East / edited by Knut Graw & Samuli Schielke.
  • JZ1318 .N425 2013
    Empire, global coloniality and African subjectivity / Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni.
  • JZ4997.5.A35 R47 2013
    Responding to conflict in Africa : the United Nations and regional organizations / edited by Jane Boulden.
  • JZ5584.G74 C66 2013
    Conflict and peacebuilding in the African Great Lakes Region [electronic resource] / edited by Kenneth Omeje and Tricia Redeker Hepner.
  • JZ6369 .H57 2013
    The history and practice of humanitarian intervention and aid in Africa / edited by Bronwen Everill, University of Warwick, UK, and Josiah Kaplan, University of Oxford, UK.
  • XXKQC90.M87 2013  
    An introduction to African legal philosophy / John Murungi.
  • XXKQC459.E45 2013  
    Pathways to judicial power in transitional states : perspectives from African courts / Rachel L. Ellett.
  • XXKTL2620 .R68 2013
    The politics of principle [electronic resource] : the first South African Constitutional Court, 1995-2005 / Theunis Roux.
  • XXKTQ1726 .M37 2013
    Law's fragile state [electronic resource] : colonial, authoritarian, and humanitarian legacies in Sudan / Mark Fathi Massoud.
  • LC238.4.A35 C66 2012
    Community engagement in African universities : perspectives, prospects and challenges / edited by Julia Preece ... [et al.].
  • LC316.U33 M83 2012
    The Uganda martyrs and the need for appropriate role models in adolescents' moral formation : as seen from the traditional African education / Charles Lwanga Mubiru.
  • ML3797.7 .E84 2012
    Ethnomusicology in East Africa : perspectives from Uganda and beyond / editors, Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza, Thomas Solomon.
  • N7380 .A37 2013
    African art, interviews, narratives [electronic resource] : bodies of knowledge at work / edited by Joanna Grabski and Carol Magee.
  • N7399.N5 O43 2013
    Satires of power in Yoruba visual culture / Yomi Ola.
  • PL8010 .M33 2013
    Black Odysseys : the Homeric Odyssey in the African diaspora since 1939 / Justine McConnell.
  • PL8785.2.K32 2009
    Nanu dégg Wolof : let's speak Wolof : a first-year textbook / Omar Ka.
  • PL8785.D56 2013
    J'apprends le wolof = Damay jàng wolof / Jean-Léopold Diouf et Marina Yaguello.
  • PN1993.5.A35S962 2011
    Symbolic narratives/African cinema : audiences, theory, and the moving image / edited by June Givanni ; with an introduction by Imruh Bakari.
  • PN1993.5.N55 G58 2013
    Global Nollywood [electronic resource] : the transnational dimensions of an African video film industry / edited by Matthias Krings and Onookome Okome.
  • PN1995.9.A43 F73 2013
    Framing Africa : portrayals of a continent in contemporary mainstream cinema / edited by Nigel Eltringham.
  • PN2984 .H88 2013
    South African performance and archives of memory / Yvette Hutchison.
  • PQ2672.E25 Z46 2013
    The African / J.M.G. Le Clézio ; translated from the French by C. Dickson.
  • PR2976 .D568 2012
    Shakespeare and the coconuts : on post-apartheid South African culture / Natasha Distiller.
  • PR9340.5 .D38 2013
    Creating postcolonial literature [electronic resource] : African writers and British publishers / Caroline Davis.
  • PR9369.3.A48 S65 2012
    Somewhere on the border / Anthony Akerman.
  • PR9369.3.M4 S35 2013
    Sculptors of Mapungubwe / Zakes Mda.
  • PR9369.3.M67 Z466 2013
    Down Second Avenue / Es'kia Mphahlele ; foreword by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo.
  • PR9369.4.B64 S56 2013
    Shooting snakes / Maren Bodenstein.
  • PR9387.9.A3 T52395 2012
    Blazing the path : fifty years of things fall apart / edited by Chima Anyadike and Kehinde A. Ayoola.
  • PR9408.N363 T55 2013
    This is not a flowerpot / Amy Schoeman.
  • PS3558.O334 C49 2013
    Children are diamonds : an African apocalypse : a novel / by Edward Hoagland.
  • TR681.A33 P67 2013
    Portraiture & photography in Africa / edited by John Peffer and Elisabeth L. Cameron.

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Your Librarians

For assistance with research on North Africa, please contact the librarians for the Middle East or the Ancient Near East.

For assistance with research on Sub-Saharan Africa, please contact Ellen Bryan or one of the librarians listed below.

Chris Winters: Bibliographer for Anthropology, Geography, and Maps

Paul Belloni: Bibliographer for Psychology and Human Development

June Farris: Bibliographer for Slavic and East European Studies and for Linguistics

Sarah Hogan: Bibliographer for Sociology, Political Science, Public Policy, and International Studies

Nancy Spiegel: Bibliographer for Art and Cinema and for History

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