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The birth of independent African nations, the rise of the Civil Rights movement and African-American Studies in the U.S., and the end of the Cold War all prompted the emergence of African Studies as an important area of inquiry in Africa, Europe, and North America. Founded as Africa was emerging from centuries of the slave trade and foreign domination, the field has sought to displace racist foreign notions to explore African perspectives on art, culture, economics, geography and the environment, ancient and modern history, literature, music, politics, religion, science and thought, and society.
Over more than half a century, the field has emerged as a diverse multidisciplinary effort that spans multiple epistemologies and methodologies, making it challenging for students and scholars to be informed about every applicable area. And given the diversity of African environments and peoples it is difficult to appreciate both its broad similarities and complex specificities. We have thus combined broad introductions to such subjects as African society, politics, or literature with specific studies of individual peoples, states, or literary traditions to enable the user to appreciate Africans’ distinctiveness as well as their diversity.
Since the literature on African Studies is diverse, fast moving, controversial, and scattered among unfamiliar sources, we have asked leading scholars to identify the most significant themes and areas of study in their fields, recommend the best sources for exploring them, and discuss these works conceptual and empirical significance to provide a series of guided studies through the diverse approaches to a wide array of complex subjects. A great deal of this work has moved online with the most recent scholarship, research, and statistics appearing in online databases. With advances in online searching and database technologies, researchers and practitioners can easily access library catalogs, bibliographic indexes, and other lists that show thousands of resources that might also be useful to them. In this situation what is most needed is expert guidance. Researchers and practitioners at all levels need tools that help them filter through the proliferation of information sources to material that is reliable and directly relevant to their inquiries. Oxford Bibliographies in African Studies offers a trustworthy pathway through the thicket of information overload.
Editor in Chief
Chima J. Korieh holds a BA (Hons) degree in History/Education (First Class) from the University of Nigeria, an MA in Education and North American Studies from the University of Helsinki, Finland, and a Master of Philosophy degree in History from the University of Bergen, Norway. He obtained a Ph.D. in African History from the University of Toronto, Canada in 2003. Dr. Korieh’s research and teaching focus on social and economic change in colonial Africa. He has taught at the University of Nigeria and in serval US institutions, including Hartwick College where he began his teaching career as a Jacob Jameson Teaching Fellow in 2001; Central Michigan University, and Rowan University, New Jersey, where he rose quickly to Associate Professor in 2007, and Marquette University, where he joined the Jesuit University in 2007. He was an Adjunct Professor in the Peace and Conflict Program at the University of Manitoba, Canada. He has published over 100 articles and essays in academic journals and scholarly collections and authored, edited, or co-edited 18 volumes including The Land Has Changed: History, Society and Gender in Colonial Eastern Nigeria (2012); "Life Not Worth Living": Nigerian Petitions Reflecting an African Society's Experiences During World War II (2014); The Nigeria-Biafra War: Genocide and the Politics of Memory (2012); Olaudah Equiano and the Igbo World: History, Society and Atlantic Diaspora Connections (2009); Gendering Global Transformations: Gender, Culture, Race, and Identity (2009); and Missions, States, and European Expansion in Africa (2007). His most recent books are Nigeria and World War: Empire, Colonialism and Global Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 2020), New Perspectives on the Nigeria-Biafra War: No Victor, No Vanquished (Lexington Books, 2021), and Chinua Achebe and the Igbo-African World: Between Fiction, Fact, and Historical Representation (Lexington Books, 2022). Dr. Korieh is a fellow of the African Studies Center, Leiden, Netherlands, and a British Academy Fellow at the University of Oxford. He was a past president of the Igbo Studies Association and the founding editor of Igbo Studies Review and Nigerian Studies Review.
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