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Afripod Episode 90: ‘Language and Power-Khoesan Studies’

09 April on Africa, Announcements, Digitization, Podcast

Africa Past & Present has recently released their latest podcast, Episode 90: ‘Language and Power-Khoesan Studies’. Hosts Peter Alegi and Peter Limb speak with renowned researcher, writer, and teacher Menán Du Plessis. The South African native is an assistant professor at the […]


MATRIX Receives NEH Grant for Archive of Malian Photography

25 February on Africa, Announcements, Digitization, Grants, Multimedia & Digital Archives

  MATRIX has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to support the Archive of Malian Photography. Its mission is to digitize, catalog, preserve, and make internationally accessible the archives of four of Mali’s most important photographers: Abdourahmane Sakaly, […]


African Studies Association Meeting 2014

17 December on Africa, Conferences

Faculty and staff from Matrix, History, and Anthropology organized three digital humanities and social sciences sessions at the annual meeting of the African Studies Association in November in Indianapolis.Three dozen scholars attended a pre-conference Digital African Studies workshop. This four-hour […]


Afripod Episode 83: ‘Conflict in Côte d’Ivoire and Beyond, From High Politics to the Grassroots’

29 September on Africa, Announcements, History, Podcast

Africa Past & Present has released their first podcast of this semester! Afripod hosts, Peter Alegi and Peter Limb, welcomed Brett O’Bannon (Political Science, Director of Conflict Studies, De Pauw University) who discussed the causes and consequences of civil war in Côte […]


Mali Photo Archive Workshop

11 August on Africa, Announcements

Heida Shoemaker, a professional art conservator specializing in art on paper and photographs, participated in a 3-day workshop at Matrix focusing on the preservation of photographic negatives. The workshop was convened as part of the Archive of Malian Photography (AMP), […]


Announcing Phase Two of The Gorée Island Archaeological Digital Repository

22 January on Africa, Announcements, Archaeology, Digital Archaeology, Multimedia & Digital Archives

Matrix is thrilled to announce that phase two is under way in The Gorée Island Archaeological Digital Repository. The Gorée Island Archaeological Digital Repository seeks to create virtual 3D representations of cultural heritage materials excavated from archaeological sites in and around […]


Matrix Partners with African Studies Center to Produce Weekly Seminar Series, “Eye on Africa”

29 October on Africa, Announcements

Matrix is pleased to announce the debut of the seminar series, “Eye on Africa” with the African Studies Center at Michigan State University. The African Studies Center at Michigan State is a National Resource Center focused on research, teaching and […]


The Complexities of Piracy in Somalia: Africa Past and Present Episode 74

20 May on Africa, Podcast

Episode 74 of Africa Past & Present was released on May 14.  Special guest is Prof. Abdi Samatar, Professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota and current President of the African Studies Association (ASA) in the United States. During […]


MATRIX Recognized for Commitment to African Scholarship and Development

15 April on Africa, Announcements

In an article released by MSU Alumni Magazine, MATRIX was recognized for its role in building and maintaining Michigan State University’s long-standing connection with Africa. Michigan State University is internationally recognized for its ongoing partnership with African institutions to solve […]

Hamba Kahle, Phyllis Naidoo (1928-2013) – Heroine of the South African Struggle

18 March on Africa

By David Wiley and Christine Root The world is a poorer place with the loss in February of Phyllis Naidoo, a defender of humanity, a protector of people in the midst of apartheid oppression, and a loving and responsive humanist […]