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Africa Past & Present. African on line digital library. The podcast about African history, culture, and politics

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Le blog Africa Past and Present, ouvert en janvier 2008, propose un ensemble de podcasts sur des thématiques d’ordre historique, politique, économique ou culturel concernant le continent africain et ses diasporas.

Sous la forme d’entretiens d’une trentaine de minutes, publiés au rythme de 1 à 2 par mois[1], des universitaires de diverses disciplines abordent une large gamme de sujets historiques ou liés à l’actualité : Islam en Afrique de l’Ouest, esclavage et traites négrières, place de l’Afrique dans l’océan Indien, environnement, prisons coloniales, football, genre, langues, identités…

L’écoute se fait directement en ligne (ouverture possible d’une fenêtre indépendante) mais le fichier son peut aussi être téléchargé au format mp3. Un flux RSS, dans lequel le fichier est lui-même inclus, permet de s’abonner et de suivre ainsi les nouvelles interventions. Les podcasts sont également disponibles sur la plate-forme Itunes (catégorie Higher Education). L’ensemble de ces ressources est sous licence Creative Commons (Paternité-Pas d'Utilisation Commerciale-Pas de Modification 3.0).

Concernant la navigation, on retrouve les attributs classiques d’un blog : les commentaires, la consultation par tags et par mois de publication. Un nuage de mots-clés permet de visualiser rapidement la richesse thématique de cet ensemble de ressources. Les thématiques dominantes sont l'Afrique du Sud et l'apartheid, la question du genre et les femmes, l'anthropologie, l'histoire et la politique, la traite négrière et l'esclavage.

Africa Past and Present a été lancé et est animé par Peter Alegi et Peter Limb, historiens de la Michigan State University. Le projet a été réalisé grâce à l’appui technique de MATRIX—The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online de la MSU dans le cadre du projet African On-Line Digital Libraryhttp://www.aodl.org.

Le site est en langue anglaise.


[1] En avril 2011 le site comptait 52 épisodes, 105 en décembre 2016.

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Fabrice Melka, « Africa Past & Present. African on line digital library. The podcast about African history, culture, and politics », Aldébaran, Blogs et listes de diffusion, [En ligne], mis en ligne le 17 mai 2011 11h10. URL : http://aldebaran.revues.org/6767. consulté le 20 août 2017.

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