Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا

The Study of Africa. Volume I: Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Encounters

The Study of Africa. Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Encounters. Edited by Paul Tiyambe Zeleza. Dakar: CODESRIA, 2006, Vol.1. - x-483 p. (CODESRIA Book Series), ISSN: 2-86978-197-0

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This is a timely publication that presents admirably critical assessments of the role and relevance of ‘African
Studies’ — its content, its march from Eurocentrism to be solidly based in contemporary Africa and its place
within the globalization agenda — in its wider political and socio-economic contexts. It provides scholars,
policymakers and practitioners with useful insights into the continuing challenges and opportunities for
African studies, be it disciplinary or interdisciplinary; be it in Africa or anywhere else.

Professor Lennart
Wohlgemuth, Centre for African Studies, Gothenburg University, formerly Director Nordic Africa Institute,

It is not even an ordinary encyclopaedia for the study of the continent. Rather, it establishes entirely new
parameters for Africanist scholarship. Without a doubt, it is an offering to celebrate among Africans, Africanists,
and anyone interested in answering the question: What is Africa’s place in the world today?

Ato Quayson, Professor of English and
Director, Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, University of Toronto, Canada.

This important publication provides the most comprehensive and critical analyses of Africa studies in the world
today. Globally, the book reveals a fundamental, though depressing, fact that the terms of global intellectual
exchange are unequal. There is therefore the need to construct an African ‘library’, a body of knowledge that can fully
encompass, engage and examine African phenomena. And it is the responsibility of African scholars, both in the
continent and the Diaspora, to spearhead this struggle for intellectual decolonization and deconstruction.

Bethwell A. Ogot, Chancellor, Moi University, Professor Emeritus of History Maseno University, Kenya.

These two volumes will be indispensable reading to anyone with interest in African Studies and the production
of knowledge on Africa. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza has assembled an impressive international group of contributors
who address a range of important topics including the disciplines and interdisciplinarity in African Studies, the histories and politics
of African Studies in different national contexts outside and within the continent, and the role of the African Diaspora in the
globalization of knowledge on Africa. They are are framed and contextualised by masterly introductions by the editor which in
themselves will become required reading in our field.

Megan Vaughan, Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.


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