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Title:Special issue: Writing animals into African history
Editor:Swart, SandraISNI
Year:2016
Periodical:Critical African studies (ISSN 2040-7211)
Volume:8
Issue:2
Pages:95-237
Language:English
City of publisher:London
Publisher:Informaworld Host
Geographic terms:Southern Africa
West Africa
Zimbabwe
South Africa
Subjects:animals
wild animals
symbols
images
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcaf20/8/2?nav=tocList
Abstract:Environmental and social historians have long included in their research the animals owned by pastoral peoples or the wildlife surrounding them, addressing the reciprocal influences of a mutable nature and shifting animal groups. In the last two decades, however, 'Animal Studies', including 'Animal History', has arisen as an academic field of its own. In Africa, while there have long been histories that have included animals, there is evidence as well of a small movement towards an 'animal turn', although largely as part of socio-environmental writing. Historians have begun to consider how the 'Animal Continent' has been invented. This special issue looks at the role of African societies in constructing the animal topos, with a focus on countries and empires of southern Africa, but also including a chapter on West Africa. Contributions: The burrowed earth: rodents in Zimbabwe's environmental history (Gerald Chikozho Mazarire); Herding birds, interspecific communication, and translations (Nancy J. Jacobs); Apartheid's wolves: political animals and animal politics (Louise Green); 'This is a land of honey - no milk, bar sour!' African milk regimes and the emergence of a colonial order in Southern Rhodesia 1890s-1907 (Godfrey Hove & Sandra Swart); Native, natural, indigenous, indigenised? Trout in the postcolony (Duncan Brown); Rehoming rhinos in southern Africa: animal indigeneity and wildlife translocations in the 1960s and 1970s (Katie McKeown); War and wilderness - the Sokoto Jihad and its animal discourse (Stephanie Zehnle). [ASC Leiden abstract]
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