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Confronting national, linguistic and disciplinary boundaries, contributors to African Archaeology Without Frontiers argue against artificial limits and divisions created through the study of ‘ages’ that in reality overlap and cannot and should not be understood in isolation. Papers are drawn from the proceedings of the landmark 14th PanAfrican Archaeological Association Congress, held in Johannesburg in 2014, nearly seven decades after the conference planned for 1951 was re-located to Algiers for ideological reasons following the National Party’s rise to power in South Africa. Contributions by keynote speakers Chapurukha Kusimba and Akin Ogundiran encourage African archaeologists to practise an archaeology that collaborates across many related fields of study to enrich our understanding of the past. The nine papers cover a broad geographical sweep by incorporating material on ongoing projects throughout the continent including South Africa, Botswana, Cameroon, Togo, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria. Thematically, the papers included in the volume address issues of identity and interaction, and the need to balance cultural heritage management and sustainable development derived from a continent racked by social inequalities and crippling poverty. Edited by three leading archaeologists, the collection covers many aspects of African archaeology, and a range of periods from the earliest hominins to the historical period. It will appeal to specialists and interested amateurs.
The story of Africa is the story of human movements. No phase of Africa history is complete or can be adequately understood without reference migration, a central component in the evolution and growth of many African societies. The drafts of the chapters in this volume were originally presented at a conference held at the University of Texas at Austin (Marc 24–26, 2006), on the subject of “Movements, Migrations, and Displacement in Africa.” This conference provided a forum for the exchange of ideas an experience on the phenomenon of movements, migrations, and displacements in Africa, and the understanding of its changing forms and dynamics. The origin of the volume shapes its outcome, especially in terms of its geographical coverage and interdisciplinary range, which offer an accessible scholarly analysis of population movement in the local, regional, and inter-regional setting.
The chapters are based on original research and recent thinking on migrations in Africa and their changing forms and dynamics since the pre-colonial period. The various topics addressed include the causes and co sequences of migration, population movements, displacements, migration experiences, settlement patterns and strategies, labor mobility, immigrant societies, identity, and culture contact, as well as conceptual and methodological aspects of research on migration.
The contributors represent scholars from diverse fields with extensive teaching and research experience, making use of different sources—oral archaeological, written, and ethnographic—and focusing on various issues and regions. Thus, the book provides a broad but insightful overview of the subject of migrations and the varying impact of slavery, commerce, gender religion, colonialism, poverty, and development.
Migration, whether forced or voluntary, continues to be an issue vital to Africa, arguably the continent most affected by internal displacement. Over centuries, in groups or as individuals, Africans have been forced to leave their homes to escape unfavorable natural, social, or political circumstances, or simply to seek better lives elsewhere. This essential volume establishes the centrality of human migration and movement to the evolution of African societies. Using oral, archaeological, and written sources, and focusing on various geographical areas, the contributors show that migration is a multifaceted phenomenon, historically varied in nature and character. 'Movements, Borders, and Identities in Africa' incorporates carefully selected case studies drawn from across the continent, and provides a broad but insightful overview of migration and its complex relationships to slavery, commerce, religion, architecture, material culture, poverty, diaspora life and identity formation, and the development of states and societies on the continent. Taken as a whole, this collection offers a groundbreaking interrogation of the myriad causes and effects of African migration, from the precolonial to the modern era. Contributors: Edmund Abaka, Maurice Amutabi, Toyin Falola, Ghislaine Geloin, Issiaka Mande, Jean-Luc Martineau, Pius S. Nyambara, Akinwumi Ogundiran, Adisa Ogunfolakan, Olatunji Ojo, Brigitte Kowalski Oshineye, Meshack Owino, Gerald Steyn, and Aribidesi Usman. Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor of History and Distinuished Teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. Aribidesi Usman is associate professor of African and African American studies and anthropology at Arizona State University.