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The Specialised Information Service for African Studies has compiled suggestions and assistance for digital teaching at universities especially for the current switch to online teaching for the summer semester 2020. Suggestions welcome: A.Schumann(at)ub.uni-frankfurt.de

Free Resources: Offers from commercial publishers who are providing free access to their resources in the current crisis, as well as genuine Open Access journals specific to African Studies subjects.

Audio Materials: Here you will find podcasts for digital teaching in African Studies which are academically or thematically relevant, as well as recordings of lectures, talks or radio broadcasts.

Technical Tools: See the website Digital Teaching German Studies for a list of tools to use in digital teaching (e.g. for holding web seminars).

Open Access Search Engines: Special search engines for full text open access academic articles, open access tools, as well as a preprint repository for African Studies.

Blogs: Academic multi-author-blogs (MABs) for digital teaching in African Studies.

Video Materials: Ethnographic Video Online and the DELFT project (Digitization of anthropological film archives) have resources which can be incorporated into digital teaching.

More online resources for African Studies

Bukavu Series: this online exhibition explores the power dynamics between researchers from the Global North and the Global South.

An overview of organisations working for and in the African cultural and creative industries.

The African Writers Series by Heinemann Publishing via ProQuest is accessible as a national license for Germany

Projects on mbira music such as the online archive and learning platform Sympathetic Resonances and the Chivanhu Project.

An overview of projects on Kenyan digital heritage.

Apartheid: Global Perspectives, 1946-1996: this Newsbank-Readex database is accessible as a national license for Germany.

Digital Humanities in Africa: includes a map of DH initiatives in and about Africa.

An overview of important initiatives in Africa's animation scene.

Slave Voyages: a digital memorial to the largest slave trades in history

Bouillagui, A Free Village: web documentary about the history of Bouillagui in Mali where the inhabitants liberated themselves from slavery at the beginning of the 20th century.

Directions and Provocations in African Studies: the publisher Taylor & Francis offer free access to selected publications.

New Books in African Studies: an author-interview podcast channel for African Studies books.

Silsila Webinars: dedicated to material histories of the Islamicate world with particular emphasis on the pre- and early modern periods.

Early books in Yorùbá: Digitised early publications (1843-1879) in Yorùbá at the British Library

An ka taa: Educational media, resources and lessons for Manding

Educating For Black Lives: Readings and resources for anitracist education

Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Online resources on the medieval Saharan region

Commemorative Fabrics from Africa: A collection of textiles from various African countries.

Awa: la revue de la femme noire: The digitised version of one of the earliest independent African women’s magazines.

What is the Toolbox?

This is a toolbox for (early career) scholars in the field of African studies on all matters surrounding research:

The goal of the toolbox is to provide brief introductions cumulatively; inviting scholars delve deeper into topics of their interest.

Simultaneously, the toolbox tries to cover the broad spectrum of the various disciplines represented in African Studies.

In addition, the toolbox addresses scholars in Germany, as well as those based on the African continent, for example with information on research cooperation or funding opportunities between German and African institutions.

The usual limitations of liability apply. The contents of the toolbox are created with the utmost care. However, no guarantee is given for the correctness and completeness of the contents provided. Due to technical developments, some information is quickly out of date, even if it was up-to-date at the time of publication. Our offer contains links to external websites of third parties on whose content we have no influence. Further information can be found here.