What if?

What if African Studies was the way you imagine it to be? Listen now to the first contribution by Anne Storch from Cologne University. We hope that this is the first podcast to a diverse series that features contributions by RecAf members answering to the 'What if?' question, featuring utopian visions of African Studies, alternative imaginations of the field and its academic and mundane life realities.

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  • Adnan, Etel. 2005. In the Heart of the Heart of another Country, p. 12. San Francisco: City Lights.
  • Gökalp, Ziya. 1977 [1912]. Asker Duası. In Ziya Gökalp Külliyâtı. Ankara: Türk Tarih Kurumu.
  • Kosrof, Wosene Worke. 2007. The color of words. In M. Nooter Roberts, E. Harney, A. Purpura & C. Mullen Kreamer (eds.), Inscribing Meaning: Writing and Graphic Systems in African Art, pp. 237-241. Los Angeles: Smithsonian.
  • Mishra, Pankaj. 2012. From the Ruins of Empire. New York: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux.
  • Nagi, Ibrahim. 1980 [1960]. Qaṣīda al-aṭlāl, In Dīwān Ibrāhīm Nāǧī. Beirut: Dār al-‘Awda.
  • Nasr, Moataz. 2017. The Mountain. Installation 12’, Biennale Arte, Venice. https://www.domusweb.it/en/art/2017/05/31/the_mountain.html
  • Oum Kalthoum. 1966. Al-aṭlāl. Cairo: Sono.
  • Storch, Anne & Ingo H. Warnke. 2020. Sansibarzone. Eine Austreibung aus der neokolonialen Sprachlosigkeit. Bielefeld: Transcript.
  • Trabant, Jürgen. 2012. Weltansichten: Wilhelm von Humboldts Sprachprojekt. Munich: Beck.