ONLINE RESEARCH RESOURCES

African digital bookstore / library

A collections of digital publications in different fields (law, social sciences, fine literature, arts and culture, youth ...). Some titles are available online by subscription. The publications are in HTML format with the same hypertext navigation functionality available in ePub or PDF booklets.

The African Freedom Archives As it is stated in website intro "the Archives contains over 12,000 hours of audio and video recordings which date from the late-1960s to the mid-90s and chronicle the progressive history of the Bay Area, the United States, and international movements". The archival collections, that will be soon supplemented by the thousands of historical documents", includes "weekly news, poetry, music programs; in-depth interviews and reports on social and cultural issues; numerous voices from behind prison walls; diverse activists; and pamphlets, journals and other materials from many radical organizations and movements charting the relations between black America and Africa from 1960s to 1990s (search by the keyword "nam").

ANC Archives (Fort Hare South Africa) Archive houses documentation from three former liberation movements: the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, the Azanian People's Organization and the Black Consciousness Movement of Azania. 

ASIAN ART ARCHIVE - AAA in America, is "an independently established and operated as the first overseas mini hub of Asia Art Archive (AAA) in Hong Kong. AAA in A’s mission is to collect, preserve, and make information on contemporary art from and of Asia easily accessible in order to facilitate understanding, research, and writing in the field. AAA in A strives to be proactive in instigating dialogue and critical thinking through a series of regular educational programs, and hopes to raise awareness of and support for the activities of Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong.";  AAA in India , is "an Independent Registered Public Charitable Trust established in 2013 with the goal of building resources for research on the region’s dynamic contemporary art scene. It accomplishes this mission by digitising artist and scholarly archives, developing research projects, and organising programmes. AAA in I’s Research Collection can be accessed from its space in New Delhi, which has been open to the public since 2016.

AAA I's digital collections currently contain over 50,000 documents, photographs, artwork, and other records, much of it available online. Highlights include the papers of curator/critic Geeta Kapur and artist Vivan Sundaram, offering insight into India’s art scene over the last half-century from the perspective of two of its leading figures. Also available are the archives of Jyoti Bhatt, Ratan Parimoo, K.G. Subramanyan, Gulammohammed Sheikh, and Nilima Sheikh, influential artists who, together, in the decades following Independence, transformed the Faculty of Fine Arts of the M.S. University of Baroda into a centre of gravity for rethinking a modern visual culture for India. Major projects led by the AAA I's Bibliography of Modern and Contemporary Art Writing of South Asia (over 12,000 pieces of published art writing in 13 languages, from 1900  to1990, available online).The AAA I's team participate in a project with the Institute for Comparative Modernities, Cornell University and the Dhaka Art Summit to develop connections between art historians of modern art in and across Africa, South, and Southeast Asia. AAA in I is also publishing a three-volume set of dossiers, consisting of writings on art from the region.

British Digital Library, Documents, Papers & Memoranda on the Growth of the Pan-African Movement since 1952.  According to the description on the its website, Library holds "A wealth of newspaper cuttings, extracts from journals, pamphlets and typescript material on Pan-African leaders and personalities; Pan-African themes; political and economic issues relating to Pan-Africanism, conferences and summits. The most prominent theme of these records is that of the Addis Ababa Conference of Heads of State in May 1963; this conference brought together Heads of African States who had just been freed from colonial rule and sought to establish the identity of their continent in a manner previously inhibited by colonial rule. The result of the Addis Ababa Conference was the Addis Ababa Charter of The Organisation of African Unity. Following these papers are records of subsequent conferences on a variety of socio-economic issues affecting the continent.

 Centre for Studies in Social Sciences , Calcutta - The digital archives of the Urban History Documentation Archives of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences available for open access: Most of the printed documents archived by the CSSSC are available online for unrestricted access in collaboration with University of Heidelberg, The Endangered Archives Programme of the British Library and the Center for Research Libraries. The process of uploading of rest of the content is moving ahead and they will be available either on CrossAsia or on Endangered Archives Programme server soon. (from the Archive introductory web page) 

El Archivio del Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende - El archivio del Museo se crea en octubre de 2013, a raíz de la recuperación de una parte importante de los archivos institucionales relacionados con el desarrollo de su gestión administrativa y museológica entre 1971 y 2005. Desde entonces el museo se ha dedicado a la sistematización de sus fondos, a la producción de proyectos de investigación y al desarrollo de exposiciones de documentos, instalándose así como un área de generación de conocimiento de la historia del museo, de su colección y su documentación. El archivo custodia un gran acervo de alrededor de 5.000 documentos textuales, fotográficos, visuales, recortes de prensa, catálogos, publicaciones, entre otros, de las tres etapas de desarrollo del museo, que representan la estructura de sus fondos.

FREEDOM ARCIVES digital search engine - "The Freedom Archives is a non-profit educational archive located in San Francisco dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of historical audio, video, and print materials documenting progressive movements and culture. The Freedom Archives contains over 12,000 hours of audio and video recordings which date from the late-1960s to the mid-90s and chronicle the progressive history of the Bay Area, the United States, and international movements. We are also in the process of scanning and uploading thousands of historical documents which enrich our media holdings. Our collection includes weekly news, poetry, music programs; in-depth interviews and reports on social and cultural issues; numerous voices from behind prison walls; diverse activists; and pamphlets, journals and other materials from many radical organizations and movements".

ICOGRADA - University of Brighton Design Archives, Archives of The International Council of Graphic Design Associations. "ICOGRADA has been the professional world body for graphic design and visual communication since it was founded in London in 1963. A voluntary grouping of world-wide associations with a strong educational remit, it promotes the role of graphic design in both society and commerce. The ICOGRADA archive comprises 2000 posters from around the world, library holdings, and a significant body of documentation relating to governance, administration and educational activities".

Libraries of former USA presidents - Archival material on NAM at the LBJ Library Archive, JFK Library Archive

June Givanni Pan-African Film Archive - The materials in this private archive of June Givanni, a pioneering film curator, were collected from the 1980s and continue today. However, the archive references Pan African cinema that stretches back to theearliest African- American pioneers of independent cinema such as Oscar Micheaux in the 1920s; through the 1960s development of African cinemas alongside national independence movements on the continent; through to the 1980s and 1990s in the Caribbean and the UK with their significant cultural and artistic movements, that inspired filmmaking in those territories. Much of this material is still being catalogued and prepared for online consultation, and most of it is yet to be digitised. Most of the material is in English and there is also a significant amount in French.

RazUme - database of Moderna galerija in Ljubljana contains and collects data on exhibitions in Slovenia and on Slovene artists’ exhibitions abroad. Data are collected from documents, primary sources, and articles in the press. Organizers are invited to fill it out for all their exhibitions.

RIS _ Research and Information System of Developing countries  - Declarations issued after each NAM summit (1961 - 2016), selection of articles on NAM purpose ,and objectives, RIS publications. 

Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History (RGASPI) - was created in March 1999 by the decision of the Government of the Russian Federation by combining two state archives of federal significance: the Russian Center for the Preservation and Study of Documents of Contemporary History (RCKHIDNI, until 1991 - the Central Party Archive) and Center for storing documents of youth organizations (TsKhDMO, until 1992 - Central Archives of the Komsomol). In addition to the documents produced by the Antiimperialisticeskaja Liga, and Secretariat’s correspondence with anticolonial activists from all over the world, archive contains numerous internal reports and discussion papers on the League’s structure and strategy.

South Asia Open Archives (SAOA) - The South Asia Open Archives (SAOA), a subset of the South Asia Materials Project (SAMP), creates and maintains a collection of open access materials for the study of South Asia. This major collaborative initiative is aimed at addressing the current scarcity of digital resources pertinent to South Asian studies and at making collections more widely accessible both to North American scholars and to researchers worldwide. SAOA (formerly SAMP OAI) addresses needs in all academic disciplines, from the humanities through the sciences. With an initial emphasis on colonial-era materials from South Asia, a carefully curated collection of resources will fill gaps in available online collections, available at saoa.crl.edu (through J-store)

South and Southeast Asia Documentary Film Research Website  The documents available for scrutiny on this website have been collected over the course of more than five years. The research was funded by six Hong Kong government grants and various internal HKBU grants, and covers the colonial official film in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaya, Malaysia and India. The majority of the documents were written by government officials and deal with the use of the official film in the South and South-East Asia region over the period from 1945 to the 1970s. These documents reveal the process of colonial withdrawal from the region, the project of nation building and the role played by the official film in that. As such, they offer insight into the region at the end of empire and during the first phase of independence. The material has already seen publication in one book, various book chapters and several journal articles, and more are planned, including an edited anthology (Aitken and Deprez, eds) on the colonial film to be published in 2016-17 by Edinburgh University Press, and a research monograph (Aitken), to be published in 2016-17 by Palgrave Macmillan.. At this time there are three collections of materials:

  • Archival Documents of Official Film, comprises digital images and transcriptions of official correspondence.

  • The Documentary Film in India, which features interview transcripts with 25 filmmakers and film scholars on Indian documentary film.

  • Documentary Film Review, which features synopses of documentary film from Hong Kong, Southeast Asia and India.

UN Archives - section on heads of the Non-Aligned movement countries. Information on NAM could be retrieved from different segments, and in relation to numerous UN bodies.

UNESCO Archives / Digital Library - a rich collection of information on UNESCO healthcare, urban development, education, culture, cultural heritage protection, and mass media projects in developing countries.  

UNIDO Archives & Open data platform,  United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

CORA (Collective for the renewal of Africa), CORA is a Pan-African intellectual collective of over 100 writers, social scientists, natural scientists historians, medical doctors and artists from across Africa and the diaspora. CORA seeks to promote African knowledge and innovative thinking through the production of quality research, and to influence positive change within African nations and in service of African societies.CORA was publiclly lounced on April 12th 2021, by virtualy held, pan-African conference "On the Role and the Responsiblities of African Intellectuals. 

PANAFEST Archive "Malika Rahal participated in the vast Panafest Archive project , under the direction of Dominique Malaquais (IMAF - CNRS) and Cédric Vincent, which brings together an archive around four pan-African festivals of the 1960s and 1970s. This project took the form of a portal museographic and filmographic online, which the user can browse freely, by theme, date or subject."

LECTURES, TALKS, ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS 

Nana Osei-Opare, The Ghana-Soviet ConnexionThe Slavic Connexion. International chat show from the University of Texas at AustinApril 12th, 2021 · https://www.slavxradio.com/ghana?t=0 (available for download in MP3 format, 34 mins 30 secs). From the announcement: "Professor Nana Osei-Opare from Fordham University joins Lera and Cullan to talk about the history of Ghana's independence from Great Britain and the way in which this country in West Africa looked to the Soviet Union to build itself as an "industrialized, socialist" post-colonialist state. Many black thinkers across the world saw the USSR as a space of equality and freedom and as a way to envision how a multi-racial multinational society could come together. This is a fascinating discussion of not only African and Soviet history but of some very important social issues that continue to challenge the modern world."

 

Conference The Non-Aligned Movement and Socialist Yugoslavia, 23-26 February 2021. Edited videos now online:

Day 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hY_Xa-kqRg&list=PLxYbh6oD_DS1qFPI7vBfU-3JjkhTuodQa&index=1

Day 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x50ZOul_Eh0&list=PLxYbh6oD_DS1qFPI7vBfU-3JjkhTuodQa&index=2

Day 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFBUUlhRdy8&list=PLxYbh6oD_DS1qFPI7vBfU-3JjkhTuodQa&index=3

Day 4 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GDOt7pJ3g0&list=PLxYbh6oD_DS1qFPI7vBfU-3JjkhTuodQa&index=4

Paul Stabs, Socijalistička Jugoslavija, globalni jug i Pokret nesvrstanih: granice jugocentrizma, lecture given at the Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory, Belgrade, 7 December 2020. 

 

Achille Mbembe lectures

"Futures of Life & Futures of Reason", Stanford University within the University Presidential Lectures program, October 23, 2020

"The Universal Right to Breathe: Colonialism & the Ethics Of Memory", Digital Festival of African and African-Diaspora Literatures, 2020 

"Frantz Fanon and the Politics of Viscereality", Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, in 2016.  

"Future Knowledge and Dilemmas of Decolonization", Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, in 2016.  

Walter Mingolo lectures 

"Decoloniality after Decolonization", CAST - Critical African Studies, Duke University, Harry Garuba Podcast series, July, 2020. 

"(De) Coloniality and the era of the Anthropos (the Anthropocene)"Centre Pompidou, in the framework of the exhibition Cosmopolis #1: Collective Intelligence, December 13, 2017. 

"On Coloniality and Western Modernity", Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, 2016.

"The The Concept of De Coloniality", Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, August 13, 2014.

Symposium III "Planetary Utopias – Hope, Desire, Imaginaries in a Post-Colonial World" Symposium Closing Session "Colonial Repercussions", Akademie der Künste, Berlin (23 and 24 June 2018); lecturers Angela Davis (Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and of Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz) Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Professor in Humanities, Columbia University, New York City) Moderation: Nikita Dhawan (Professor of Political Theory and Gender Studies, University of Innsbruck) © Akademie der Künste, Berlin web of the Symposium www.adk.de/colonial-repercussions Note - the lectures start at the 22nd minute of recording.

Symposium on Decolonial Aesthetics from Americas, Toronto, 2013 

BOOKS, ARTICLES, THEMATIC JOURNAL ISSUES

Redi Koobak, Madina Tlostanova, Suruchi Thapar-Björkert. (2021) Postcolonial and Postsocialist Dialogues Intersections, Opacities, Challenges in Feminist Theorizing and Practice, London: Routledge.

Sara Salem. (2020) Anticolonial Afterlives in Egypt. The Politics of Hegemony. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Sanjuktu Sunderason (2020) Partisan Aesthetics Modern Art and India’s Long Decolonization. Stanford University Press.

Martin Müller & Elena Trubina. (2020) The Global Easts in global urbanism: views from beyond North and South, Eurasian Geography and Economics, DOI: 10.1080/15387216.2020.1777443

Af r o - A s i a n Networks Research Collective (2018). Manifesto: Networks of Decolonisation in Asia and Africa. Radical History Review, 2018 (131), 176-182. https://doi.org/10.1215/01636545-4355317

Juan G. Ramos. (2018) Sensing Decolonial Aesthetics in Latin American Arts. University of Florida Press. Available through academia.edu, download requires registration. 

Khouri, Kristine and Rasha Salti (2018). Past Disquiet. Artists, International Solidarity and Museums in Exile. Museum of Moder, Art, Warsaw & Chicago University Press.  

Subotic Jelana, Vucetic Srdjan. (2017) Performing Solidarity: Whiteness and Status-seeking in the Non-Aligned World, SocArXiv, 8 June 2017. Web.

Mirna Radin Sabadoš, Dorota Gołuch, Sue-Ann Harding. (2017) Fanon in the ‘Second World’. Yugoslavia, Poland and the Soviet Union. In Translating Frantz Fanon Across Continents and Languages. Eds. Kathryn Batchelor, Sue-Ann Harding. London: Routledge.

 

Lorenz M. Lüthi (2016) The Non-Aligned Movement and the Cold War, 1961–1973Journal of Cold War Studies 18 (4):98-147.  DOI: 10.1162/JCWS_a_00682

Sanja Lazarević Radak. A Journey through ‘European Africa’: Frantz Fanon and the Discourse on the Balkan 

(2015) Subalternspeak: An International Journal of Postcolonial Studies,  Vol. III, No. 4, (2015, July): 21-35. Available through academia.edu, download requires registration. 

Achille Mbembe, (2015) Decolonizing Knowledge and the Question of the Archive, According to author this document "was deliberately written as a spoken text. It forms the basis of a series of public lectures given at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), at conversations with the Rhodes Must Fall Movement at the University of Cape Town and the Indexing the Human Project, Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Stellenbosch. 

Adeline M Koh. Frantz Fanon in Malaysia: Reconfiguring the Ideological Landscape of Négritude in Sepet. In in Land and Landscape in Francographic Literature: Remapping Uncertain Territories. Eds. Magali Compan and Katarzyna Pieprzak. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007. Available through academia.edu, download requires registration. 

Amilcar Cabral, National Liberation and Culture, 1970.

 

EXHIBITIONS / EXHIBITION CATALOGUES 

Contemporary Art of Non Aligned Countries. Exhibition catalogue. Jakarta: National Gallery of Indonesia, 1995. (link to exhibition site; catalogue contributions available online, without the access to illustration).

Southern Constellations. The Poetics of Non-aligned. Exhibition, Moderna Galerija/Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana, 7 March - 7 October 2019; curator Bojana Piškur.

Southern Constellations. The Poetics of Non-aligned. Gwangju Station, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju. 15 May – 25 October 2020adapted version of the exhibition shown in Ljubljana in 2019, curated by Bojana Piškur and organized in collaboration with Asia Culture Institute, and  Seoul Museum of Art; sponsored by Cultural Flipper.

Solidarity Spores, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea, 15 May – 25 October 2020. Directed by Sungwon Kim, curated by Bojana Piškur, Vali Mahlouji, Tetsuya Goto, Dongjin Seo,  Sungwon Kim. 

Bojana Piškur (ed.) Southern Constellations. The Poetics of Non-aligned (2019). Exhibition catalogue. Ljubljana, Belgrade: Moderna galerija, Alta Nova, 2019. (link to pdf. format)

NEW TITLES

Darwis Khudori. La France et Bandung : les batailles diplomatiques entre la France, l’Afrique du Nord et l’Indochine en Indonésie (1950-1955). Péface de Hugues Tertrais. (Paris: Les Indes Savantes, 2021). ISBN : 978-2-84654-541-9 Book info

Musaed Alsayer, Dalal, Camacho, Ricardo, Soares, Sara Saragoça. Pan-Arab Modernism 1968-2018: The History of Architectural Practice in The Middle East (Actar, 2021). Could be read online at https://issuu.com/actar/docs/pan_arab

Zeina Maasri. Cosmopolitan Radicalism. The Visual Politics of Beirut's Global Sixties (London: Cambridge University Press, 2020) Book description 

 

ONGOING DEBATES

Eric Otieno, Why Restitution Won’t Happen If Europe Controls the Terms, frieze magazine, 25 November, 2020 

Charges of ‘attempted theft of a cultural asset’ against Congolese activist Mwazulu Diyabanza reveal the abyss of Europe’s self-referential legality. 

BLOGS

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