Wednesday, January 26, 2011

African Bibliography class meets in W302 of the Wells Library on January 27th

Don't forget: we will be back in W 302, West Tower of the Wells Library, tomorrow.


Monday, January 24, 2011

African Bibliography class meets in Wells Library, 043 on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011

We will have a guest speaker for this class, Chanitra Bishop (Emerging Technologies Librarian) who will give an overview of the bibiographic software Zotero. Please feel free to bring your laptops if you'd like to install Zotero during the class.

Friday, January 22, 2010

African Bibliography class meets in room W302 next week

Hello, members of the African bibliography class!

This is a reminder that we will meet in room W302 in the Wells Library for both class sessions next week (Jan. 26 and Jan. 28, 9:30-10:45 am).


Friday, November 13, 2009

New Collection of Nigerian short fiction, edited by Akin Adesokan

Akin Adesokan, faculty member in IU's Department of Comparative Literature, and fellow editors Ike Anya, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, and Ike Oguine have published a collection of recent Nigerian short fiction:

_Weaverbird: New Fiction from Nigeria 2008_ Lagos: Farafina, 2008.

The book is currently being cataloged and can soon be checked out from the Wells Library.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Just published: Book in Honor of Distinguished Linguist Paul Newman

A new volume, edited by Samuel Obeng, in honor of IU's distinguished linguist Paul Newman, has just been published:

Obeng, Samuel (ed.). _Topics in Descriptive and African Linguistics: Essays in Honor of Distinguished Professor Paul Newman._ LINCOM Europa, Germany, 2009.

Look for it in the Wells Library this summer!

Monday, April 6, 2009

New titles by African Studies faculty members: Phyllis Martin, "Catholic Women of Congo-Brazzaville", and Eileen Julien, "Travels with Mae"

Phyllis Martin, Professor Emerita of History at Indiana University, has published her new book, _ Catholic Women of Congo-Brazzaville: Mothers and Sisters in Troubled Times_ (Indiana University Press, 2009).

"Catholic Women of Congo-Brazzaville explores the changing relationship between women and the Catholic Church from the establishment of the first mission stations in the late 1880s to the present. Phyllis M. Martin emphasizes the social identity of mothers and the practice of motherhood, a prime concern of Congolese women, as they individually and collectively made sense of their place within the Church. Martin traces women's early resistance to missionary overtures and church schools, and follows their relationship with missionary Sisters, their later embrace of church-sponsored education, their participation in popular Catholicism, and the formation of women's fraternities. As they drew together as mothers and sisters, Martin asserts, women began to affirm their place in a male-dominated institution. Covering more than a century of often turbulent times, this rich and readable book examines an era of far-reaching social change in Central Africa." (from the publisher's website)

Eileen Julien, Professor of Comparative Literature, African American and African Diaspora Studies, and French and Italian at Indiana University, has just completed a memoir about childhood and growing up in New Orleans: _Travels with Mae: Scenes from a New Orleans Girlhood_, to be published by IU Press in August 2009.

"With a series of lyrical vignettes Eileen M. Julien traces her life as an African American woman growing up in middle-class New Orleans in the 1950s and 1960s. Julien's narratives focus on her relationship with her mother, family, community, and the city itself, while touching upon life after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Haunted by a colonial past associated with African presence, racial mixing, and suspect rituals, New Orleans has served the national imagination as a place of exoticism where objectionable people and unsavory practices can be found. The destruction of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath revealed New Orleans' deep poverty and marginalized population, and brought a media storm that perpetuated the city's stigma. Travels with Mae lovingly restores the wonder of this great city, capturing both its beauty and its pain through the eyes of an insider." (from the publisher's website)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

New Book by History Faculty Member Marissa Moorman!

Marissa Moorman, assistant professor in the History Department at IU, has recently published her book, _Intonations: A Social History of Music and Nation in Luanda, Angola, from 1945 to Recent Times_ (Ohio University Press, 2008) - Congratulations, Marissa!

From the book cover: "Intonations tells the story of how Angola's urban residents in the late colonial period (roughly 1945-74) used music to talk back to their colonial oppressors and, more importantly, to define what it meant to be Angolan and what they hoped to gain from independence. Author Marissa J. Moorman presents a social and cultural history of the relationship between Angolan culture and politics. She argues that it was in and through popular urban music, produced mainly in the capital city of Luanda's musseques (urban shantytowns), that Angolans forged the nation and developed expectations about nationalism...A compilation of Angolan music is included in CD format."

The brand-new book, once fully processed, can soon be checked out from our Music Library.