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Conference paper Conference paper Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Landscape, environment and technology in colonial and postcolonial Africa
Editors:Falola, ToyinISNI
Brownell, Emily
Series:Routledge African studies
City of publisher:New York
ISBN:0415895936; 9780415895934; 9780203806760
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:land use
environmental management
environmental history
conference papers (form)
Abstract:These thirteen essays with introduction (Emily Brownell, Toyin Falola) and a conclusion (Emily Brownell) are the outcome of the 2009 Africa Conference at the University of Texas, Austin, 'Science, Technology and the Environment in Africa'. Part 1, 'Commodifying nature and conducting landscapes', contains papers about the primate trade in Gabon, c. 1850-1940 (Jeremy Rich); pastoralist practices and Khoesan seasonal land use and beliefs in colonial South Africa (Laura J. Mitchell); and the development of railways in colonial (principally German) East Africa (Tanzania; Christiane Reichart-Burikukiye). Part 2, 'Colonized environments: domestication, medicine and technology', is composed of papers discussing the effect of British colonization on the loss of traditional women's skills in Bamenda province, Cameroon (Bridget A. Teboh); Western biomedicine and the Church Missionary Society Medical Mission in the Lake Victoria Basin (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania; Hannington Ochwada); and the railway and the influenza pandemic in Nigeria (Tokunbo A. Ayoola). The authors of Part 3, 'Cultivation and conservation: contested theory and practice in colonial encounters', investigate the failure to support progressive farmers in Malawi (Erik Green); innovations in cattle-keeping in British Southern Cameroons, 1916-1960 (Emmanuel M. Mbah); indigenous knowledge and environmental conservation among the Abaluyia of western Kenya (Maurice Amutabi); and management, livelihood and the forgotten consumers of the fisheries in the Lake Victoria Basin (Uganda; Jennifer Lee Johnson). Part 4, 'Postcolonial African landscapes: locating Africa in the global environmental crisis', looks at the crisis in Nigeria fictionalized in the works of Ben Okri (Kayode O. Ogunfolabi); a general look at health transitions and environmental change in contemporary Africa (Kathryn H. Jacobsen); and convincing Africans about the benefits of a green economy (Rubin Patterson). [ASC Leiden abstract]