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Title:African history and global studies: a view from South Africa
Author:Hofmeyr, IsabelISNI
Periodical:The Journal of African History (ISSN 0021-8537)
Geographic terms:Africa
South Africa
African studies
South-South relations
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021853713000558
Abstract:Recent debates on global and world history have largely been shaped in the Euro-American academy, an arrangement that appears to deepen the growing divide between metropolitan and African universities. This article presents a more optimistic picture by considering the view from South Africa. It argues that twenty years of post-apartheid life has enabled a freer flow of people and ideas across the African continent. These new networks have sparked projects that explore inter-regional exchanges and transnational circuits within the continent. These developments coincide with the 'rise of the south' and present an opportunity for new styles of world history that take the global south as their matrix. This article examines a range of such projects, such as the Tombouctou Manuscript Project and the literary magazine 'Chimurenga', and draws out their wider significance. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]