ASL Resources of the Week 4-15-2022


Education Resources Center in partnership with CineMAfriq, and BU Libraries invites you to Language of the Month Film Discussion of Guangzhou Dream Factory with special guest speakers, Wen-hao Tien, Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Asia, of the Pardee School of Global Studies and Eric Schmidt, Assistant Director, African Students Center.. Members of the BU Community can view the film through the BU library database by going to this website (BU Login is required):

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Date/Time: Apr 25, 2022 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Here is a sampling of our newer acquisitions.


Land and the mortgage : history, culture, belonging

Rodima-Taylor, Daivi (editor) ; Shipton, Parker MacDonald (editor) ; 2022

Series: The human economy ; volume 9

The mortgaging of land is not just economic and legal but also social and cultural. Here, anthropologists, historians, and economists explore origins, variations, and meanings of the land mortgage, and the risks to homes and livelihoods. Combining findings from archives, printed records, and live ethnography, the book describes the changing and problematic assumptions surrounding mortgage. It shows how mortgages affect people on the ground, where local forms of mutuality mix with larger bureaucracies. Available online.


Colonial transactions : imaginaries, bodies, and histories in Gabon

Bernault, Florence ; 2019

In ‘Colonial Transactions’ Florence Bernault moves beyond the racial divide that dominates colonial studies of Africa. Instead, she illuminates the strange and frightening imaginaries that colonizers and colonized shared on the ground. Bernault looks at Gabon from the late nineteenth century to the present, historicizing the most vivid imaginations and modes of power in Africa today. Available at Mugar Stacks   DT546.175 .B47 2019.


The Black kingdom of the Nile

Bonnet, Charles ; Gates, Henry Louis (writer of foreword) ; 2019

For centuries, Egyptian civilization has been at the origin of the story we tell about the West. But Charles Bonnet’s archaeological excavations have unearthed extraordinary sites in modern Sudan that challenge this notion and compel us to look to black Africa and the Nubian Kingdom of Kush, where a highly civilized state existed 2500-1500 BCE. Available online.


Fatima Meer : a free mind

Hassim, Shireen ; 2019.

Fatima Meer, a South African academic, public intellectual, and activist, was a tireless fighter for social justice and human rights―for which she variously suffered banning and detention by the apartheid government. After the end of apartheid, she declined a parliamentary seat, choosing instead to continue her advocacy work. She did, however, subsequently serve the ANC government in several capacities. Available at Mugar Stacks   DT1949.M44 H37 2019.


Slavery and Manumission Manuscripts of Timbuktu
Presented by the Center for Research Libraries and the Cooperative Africana Microform Project (CAMP). A collection of 19th century manuscripts relating to slavery and manumission in Timbuktu from the Bibliothèque Commémorative Mama Haidara in Timbuktu, Mali.