African History Blog

This is a place for book reviews, think pieces, and reflections on Africa and its complex past

“Five Fingers for Marseilles”: A Bold, Violent Film Explores South Africa’s Recent Past

Last weekend, for the first time in a few years, I found myself in New York City, a place I ...
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NEW ARTICLE: “No Laughing Matter? Humour and the Performance of South Africa”

Hello all, The "African History" part of this website's brief has been sorely neglected this year owing to my comprehensive ...
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Essays on Academia.edu!

Hello everyone!  // Sanibona nonke!  // Welkom almal! I feel very bad because I haven't posted anything here since August ...
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On Jacob Zuma and the End of History: A Review of Paige Nick’s “Unpresidented”

Satire is a curious word in my line of work. When I talk to people about what I do I ...
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Laughing in Grahamstown: Participant Observation and South African Comedy

When people here ask me what I’m studying in the United States and I say “the history of humor and ...
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How to Visit Austin: A Primer for the Uninitiated, Part 1

[This is the first in a series I'm writing on my research visit to Austin.  Once they're posted, the links ...
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On Carnival in Trinidad (and Plans for the Future!)

I'm still getting the hand of this website thing, and I'd like to post more African history-related content, but it's ...
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The Work of Prostitution: Sexual Labor and the African Colonial City

Prostitution is routinely described as the world’s oldest profession. It’s an epithet that stresses both its universality and its apparent ...
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Of Fluid Texts and Solid Foundations: The Challenges and Possibilities of Unpublished South African Comedy

All the ordinary attempts at evaluating the significance of of humor in terms of its social use and psycho-physiological functioning ...
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Sekunjani? Gibson Kente, Stephen Black, and Artistic Legacies

South Africans are obsessed with soap operas.  I don't know how else to describe it.  When I was in South ...
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