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Global Africa


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This series will produce new scholarship on African experiences within the field of global history, globalization, African Diaspora, Atlantic History, etc. It is our goal to publish works that view African ideas from a global perspective and vice versa, thus placing Africa squarely within the framework of globalization, and change the perception of African people vis-a-vis the world, creating an innovative source of new works about Africa and the world.

This new series will serve several important functions. First and foremost, it will create a space for scholars and educators to find resources that aid in the understanding of Africa’s place in the world’s global and regional economic political and intellectual spheres throughout history. Second, our monographs will incorporate African experiences into broader historical theories that have hitherto marginalized Africans within the realm of global history. We aim to provide competing views of Africa’s place in various global systems can be studied in a systemic fashion without resorting to pseudo-historical themes that ultimately harm our understanding of the African past.

Most importantly, we will take up the mantle of African production of knowledge on a global scale, and emphasize how Africans, who have long been marginalized in global intellectual traditions, have shaped the very civilizations that shunned the former’s contributions. The resulting marginalization has resulted in many of the ills that African peoples face today. By redeeming the African place in the global intellectual tradition, we will also help emphasize the African political and economic past in ways that place the continent front and center in the creation of the world we all inhabit. As a result, it will form an innovative platform where scholars put forward new ideas regarding Africa’s role in world affairs that have long been overlooked and underemphasized.

For submissions and enquiries, please contact:

Toyin Falola: toyinfalola@austin.utexas.edu

Roy Doron: doronrs@wssu.edu

Leanne Hinves: leanne.hinves@tandf.co.uk

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Yoruba Oral Tradition in Islamic Nigeria: A History of DÀDÀKÚÀDÁ

Yoruba Oral Tradition in Islamic Nigeria: A History of DÀDÀKÚÀDÁ

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Abdul-Rasheed Na'allah
July 05, 2019

This book traces Dàdàkúàdá’s history and artistic vision and discusses its vibrancy as the most popular traditional Yoruba oral art form in Islamic Africa. Foregrounding the role of Dàdàkúàdá in Ilorin, and of Ilorin in Dàdàkúàdá the book covers the history, cultural identity, performance...

Slavery in the Global Diaspora of Africa

Slavery in the Global Diaspora of Africa

1st Edition

Paul E. Lovejoy
March 28, 2019

The collective significance of the themes that are explored in Slavery in the Global Diaspora of Africa bridge the Atlantic and thereby provide insights into historical debates that address the ways in which parts of Africa fitted into the modern world that emerged in the Atlantic basin. The study...

Emotions in Muslim Hausa Women's Fiction: More than Just Romance

Emotions in Muslim Hausa Women's Fiction: More than Just Romance

1st Edition

Umma Aliyu Musa
March 28, 2019

This book examines the emotions expressed in Hausa women’s prose fiction in northern Nigeria, showing how Hausa Muslim women writers use fiction in their indigenous language to demonstrate and express their anger about the problems they face in a patriarchal society. Umma Aliyu Musa shows how Hausa...

Oppression and Resistance in Africa and the Diaspora

Oppression and Resistance in Africa and the Diaspora

1st Edition

Kenneth Kalu, Toyin Falola
January 16, 2019

Africa’s modern history is replete with different forms of encounters and conflicts. From the fifteenth century when millions of Africans were forcefully taken away as slaves during the infamous Atlantic slave trade; to the colonial conquests of the nineteenth century where European countries...

Children, Education and Empire in Early Sierra Leone: Left in Our Hands

Children, Education and Empire in Early Sierra Leone: Left in Our Hands

1st Edition

Katrina Keefer
July 09, 2018

Nineteenth-century Sierra Leone presented a unique situation historically as the focal point of early abolitionist efforts, settlement within West Africa by westernized Africans, and a rapid demographic increase through the judicial emancipation of Liberated Africans. Within this complex and often...

Philosophy and National Development in Nigeria: Towards a Tradition of Nigerian Philosophy

Philosophy and National Development in Nigeria: Towards a Tradition of Nigerian Philosophy

1st Edition

Adeshina Afolayan
May 23, 2018

What does it imply for Nigerian philosophers to conscientiously and engagingly reflect on Nigeria as a place of philosophy and as a dynamic plural context of socioeconomic, political, cultural and ethnic problems? Any answer to this question automatically constitutes the opening salvo to the...

Africa’s Big Men: Predatory State-Society Relations in Africa

Africa’s Big Men: Predatory State-Society Relations in Africa

1st Edition

Kenneth Kalu, Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso, Toyin Falola
April 03, 2018

This book spotlights, analyzes and explains varying forms and patterns of state-society relations on the African continent, taking as point of departure the complexities created by the emergence, proliferation and complicated interactions of so-called ‘big men’ across Africa's fifty-four states....

The Right to Development in the African Human Rights System

The Right to Development in the African Human Rights System

1st Edition

Serges Djoyou Kamga
February 05, 2018

The right to development (RTD) seeks to address global inequities hidden in world politics and global institutions through the game of influences played by powerful actors. The negative impacts of the Atlantic slave trade, colonialism, and the subjugation of Africa through globalisation and its...

Poverty Reduction Strategies in Africa

Poverty Reduction Strategies in Africa

1st Edition

Mike O. Odey, Toyin Falola
September 08, 2017

A fundamental question about contemporary Africa is why does Africa remain so poor, long after the departure of the European Colonial domination and in the midst of so many natural resources? Poverty Reduction Strategies in Africa provides new understandings of the persistent issue of poverty in...

The African Metropolis: Struggles over Urban Space, Citizenship, and Rights to the City

The African Metropolis: Struggles over Urban Space, Citizenship, and Rights to the City

1st Edition

Toyin Falola, Bisola Falola
August 30, 2017

On a planet where urbanization is rapidly expanding, nowhere is the growth more pronounced than in cities of the global South, and in particular, Africa. African metropolises are harbingers of the urban challenges that lie ahead as societies grapple with the fractured social, economic, and...

Literature and Culture in Global Africa

Literature and Culture in Global Africa

1st Edition

Tanure Ojaide
July 21, 2017

Engaging and interrogating the idea of a ‘Global Africa’, this book examines how African literary and cultural productions have changed over the years due to the social and political influences brought about by increased globalisation. Tanure Ojaide takes a variety of European theoretical concepts...

Gendering Knowledge in Africa and the African Diaspora: Contesting History and Power

Gendering Knowledge in Africa and the African Diaspora: Contesting History and Power

1st Edition

Toyin Falola, Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso
June 07, 2017

Gendering Knowledge in Africa and the African Diaspora addresses the question of to what extent the history of gender in Africa is appropriately inscribed in narratives of power, patriarchy, migration, identity and women and men’s subjection, emasculation and empowerment. The book weaves together...

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