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Since its original publication in 2003, Beauty and Culture has remained the only full-length major book contribution to the area of philosophy of art and aesthetics by an African philosopher. This is an area which has had very little or no critical systematic philosophical discussion from an African and African Diaspora perspective to date, either by African or African Diaspora thinkers or, for that matter, by non-African philosophers and intellectuals, leaving the assessment and discussion of African and Diaspora art and artistic experience to Euro-American intellectuals with scant or warped understanding of the sensitivities and sensibilities that under-gird the art they are commenting on
The war of independence in Eritrea and revolution in Ethiopia characterized life for much of the thirty years between 1961 and 1991. While the horrific period known as the “Red Terror” throughout Ethiopia under the regime of Col. Mengistu Haile Mariam has been relatively well documented, the atrocities and massacres that took place in Eritrea have not fared as well. Since the present leaders of Eritrea have remained preoccupied with maintaining their own political power at the expense of all else, the idea of giving priority to documenting the horrific massacres does not seem to grab hold of their imagination.
Political Women in Morocco: Then and Now is a collection of the biographies of thirty-four political women. It demonstrates that Moroccan women participated actively in the political sphere throughout antiquity and to the present-day. Women governed as Queens, as did Tin Hinan, or as de facto Queens as did Zaynab al-Nafzawiyya. Khnata bent Bakkar exerted her power as a vizier, while Hakimat Tetouan and Subh, respectively, ruled as leaders or as regents. Lalla Aziza Seksawiya mediated political conflicts, while the warrior Kahina confronted her enemies on the battlefield.
This bilingual dictionary gives Argobba equivalent translations to Amharic entries. It is prepared mostly based on the previously published Argobba-Amharic dictionary by the same author. Argobba has four varieties which can be categorized into two broad dialects. One of the dialects is known as the Shonke-T'ollaha dialect and the other Aliyu Amba - Shoa Robit dialect. The former includes the varieties spoken in Wollo province, especially in villages such as Shonke, T'ollaha and Asyniya. The latter includes all the varieties spoken in areas such as Gacheni and its surroundings, Aliyu Amba and its surroundings, Shoa Robit and its surroundings, etc. In this dictionary the Shonke-T'ollaha dialect is abbreviated as Shonke and the Aliyu Amba- Shoa Robit as Aliyu. All the varieties within the Aliyu Amba- Shoa Robit dialect entered under Aliyu and the Shonke-Tollaha dialect under Shonke.
At a time when race relations continue to divide more than provide a road map to genuine equality among different people across cultures, nations, and religious beliefs, Geni Guimarães’s A Cor da Ternura (1989) [Color of Tenderness] remains relevant, over twenty years after its publication. The issues of invisibility and marginality do have their place and one may add that as this is an autobiographical piece, Guimarães may not have set out to be ideological per se, since most of the instances of racial tension portrayed in her work are subtle, anecdotal, reconciliatory rather than indicting.This may be predicated on the original target audience—seemingly juvenile, yet the material is serious enough to appeal to a broad readership, as confirmed by the prized Jabuti award (1990).The translation of this work ensures that Afro-Brazilian literature, in its many facets of culture, race, gender, and sexuality, takes its place alongside masterpieces of World literature.
For me, the brutal forms of dictatorship we currently find on the African continent could only exist in republics vacated by custodians of the alphabet, in republics that became meaningless because writers were missing. Those republics were voided by force, because most African writers live dangerously in their country of origin and had to leave the place as their letters mean nothing in front of guns, if you think of it. But they were also voided of writers because of the tactical republicanism of most African writers of the first generation.
--from "a writer and an alphabet" by Patrice Nganangin pulsations
"Dr. Seyoum has done a formidable job in documenting in detail the administrative and legislative effort exerted to reform the government of Ethiopia during 1957-1974 and the resistance faced every step of the way. He provides an insider’s view of what was happening within the Prime Minister’s office and the highest echelons of government when the government was going through turbulent times."
This volume focuses on the intersections of gender and power in Africa, the historical roots of inequality as experienced by women and social institutions that reinforce social hierarchies and distribute power unevenly within the social, economic, religious and political spheres during the 19th and 20th centuries. Case studies address the complexities and state of gender relations, gender workings across disciplines, and, women’s labor, rights and responsibilities.
This volume is set in the complex nexus between warfare, ethnicity and national identity in Africa. Analyzing the history of this connection, its basis and dynamics from the pre-colonial period, the book shows how conflicts shaped the Nigerian societies.It also interrogates the sense in which the failures of the post-colonial African state encourage ethnicity, and demonstrates how and why this development results in conflicts and insurgency wars
Mothering has been a recurring theme in the work of many women writers and Caribbean women writers are no exception. Furthering this dialogue, Feminist and Critical Perspectives on Caribbean Mothering not only accentuates the varied representations of mothering and motherhood but also challenges traditional interpretations of mothering.Thus, the volume comprises of a collection of essays, which examine the multiple definitions and images of mothering and motherhood—from childbirth as the initial site to surrogate, communal, and extended parenthood in the stories of generations of women that include grandmothers, godmothers, sisters and aunts.Writing out of their numerous cultural, political, social, spiritual, and economic worlds, these Caribbean mothers bring needed attention to their endurance of social class, language, cultural chauvinism, physical and psychological exile, racial politics, and colonial sovereignty barriers.