Readings

LEC # TOPICS READINGS
1 Introduction No Reading
2 How Not to Talk about Africa

Wainaina, Binyavanga. “How To Write About Africa.” Granta.

Achebe, Chinua. “An Image of Africa.” Research in African Literatures 9, no. 1 (1978): 1–15.

3 Technology & Innovation—In ‘Africa’? Buy at MIT Press Mavhunga, Clapperton. “Introduction.” From Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe. MIT Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780262027243.
4 Food Production in Africa Carney, Judith A. “African Rice in the Columbian Exchange.” The Journal of African History 42, no. 3 (2001): 377–96.
5 Textiles Kriger, Colleen E. “Mapping the History of Cotton Textile Production in Precolonial West Africa.” African Economic History, no. 33 (2005): 87–116.
6 Beer Brewing

Carlson, Robert G. “Banana Beer, Reciprocity, and Ancestor Propitiation among the Haya of Bukoba, Tanzania.” Ethnology 29, no. 4 (1990): 297–311.

Davison, Patricia. “Southern African Beer Pots.” African Arts 18, no. 3 (1985): 74–7 & 98.

7 Review No Reading
8 Music Johnston, Thomas F. “The Role of Music within the Context of an African Social Beer–Drink.” International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music 5, no. 2 (1974): 291–311.
9 The Climate Engineers: Making Rain in Africa? Muguti, Tasara, and Richard Shadreck Maposa. “Indigenous Weather Forecasting: A Phenomenological Study Engaging the Shona of Zimbabwe.” (PDF) The Journal of Pan African Studies 4, no. 9 (2012).
10 The Crafts of Witches Masquelier, Adeline. “Lightning, Death and the Avenging Spirits: ‘Bori’ Values in a Muslim World.” Journal of Religion in Africa 24, no. 1 (1994): 2–51.
11 Mining & Metallurgy Wright, Marcia. “Life and Technology in Everyday Life: Reflections on the Career of Mzee Stefano, Master Smelter in Ufipa, Tanzania.” Journal of African Cultural Studies 15, no. 1 (2002): 17–34.
12 African Entrepreneurship Henige, David. “John Kabes of Komenda: An Early African Entrepreneur and State Builder.” The Journal of African History 18, no. 1 (1977): 1–19.
13 Pre–colonial African Cities

Bent, J. Theodore. “The Ruins of Mashonaland, and Explorations in the Country.” Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society and Monthly Record of Geography, New Monthly Series 14, no. 5 (1892): 273–98.

Video: Professor Gloria Emeagwali. “Innovation and Indigenous Technology in Great Zimbabwe.” Vimeo. http://vimeo.com/112103461.

14 Biochemistry Schapera, I. “Bows and Arrows of the Bushmen.” Man 27 (1927): 113–17.
15 Ecology Buy at MIT Press Mavhunga, Clapperton. “The Professoriate of the Hunt.” From Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe. MIT Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780262027243.
16 Medicine Motlhanka, D. M. T., and G. P. Nthoiwa. “Ethnobotanical Survey of Medicinal Plants of Tswapong North, in Eastern Botswana: A Case of Plants from Mosweu and Seolwane Villages.” European Journal of Medicinal Plants 3, no. 1 (2003): 10–24.
17 Leadership & Culture Crowder, Michael. “Indirect Rule: French and British Style.” Africa: Journal of the International African Institute 34, no. 3 (1964): 197–205.
18 Review No Reading
19 The Horse Fisher, Humphrey J. “‘He Swalloweth the Ground with Fierceness and Rage’: The Horse in the Central Sudan.” The Journal of African History 14, no. 3 (1973): 355–79.
20 The Gun Macola, Giacomo. “Reassessing the Significance of Firearms in Central Africa: The Case of North–Western Zambia to the 1920s.” The Journal of African History 51, no. 3 (2010): 301–21.
21 Bibles Chirenje, J. Mutero. “Church, State, and Education in Bechuanaland in the Nineteenth Century.” The International Journal of African Historical Studies 9, no. 3 (1976): 401–18.
22 Books & Letters Adeboye, Olufunke. “Reading the Diary of Akinpelu Obisesan in Colonial Africa.” African Studies Review 51, no. 2 (2008): 75–97.
23 Media Lekgoathi, Sekibakiba Peter. “You are Listening to Radio Lebowa of the South African Broadcasting Corporation: Vernacular Radio, Bantustan Identity and Listenership, 1960–1994.” Journal of Southern African Studies 35, no. 3 (2009): 575–94.
24 The Cellphone in Africa Hahn, Hans Peter, and Ludovic Kibora. “The Domestication of the Mobile Phone: Oral Society and New ICT in Burkina Faso.” The Journal of Modern African Studies 46, no. 1 (2008): 87–109.
25 Review No Reading
26 Wrap–up No Reading