Recent publications/Publications récentes

Search­ing for Shar­ing: Her­itage and Mul­ti­me­dia in Africa
Edit­ed by Daniela Merol­la and Mark Turin

In a world where new tech­nolo­gies are being devel­oped at a dizzy­ing pace, how can we best approach oral gen­res that rep­re­sent her­itage? Tak­ing an inno­v­a­tive and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary approach, this vol­ume explores the idea of shar­ing as a mod­el to con­struct and dis­sem­i­nate the knowl­edge of lit­er­ary her­itage with the peo­ple who are rep­re­sent­ed by and in it.

Expert con­trib­u­tors inter­weave soci­o­log­i­cal analy­sis with an appraisal of the trans­for­ma­tive impact of tech­nol­o­gy on lit­er­ary and cul­tur­al pro­duc­tion. Does tech­nol­o­gy restrict, con­strain­ing the expe­ri­ence of an oral per­for­mance, or does it afford new open­ings for dif­fer­ent aes­thet­ic expe­ri­ences? Top­ics explored include the Mara Cul­tur­al Her­itage Dig­i­tal Library, the preser­va­tion of Ewe her­itage mate­r­i­al, new e-resources for texts in Mand­ing lan­guages, and the pos­si­bil­i­ties of technauriture.

This time­ly and nec­es­sary col­lec­tion also exam­ines to what extent dig­i­tal doc­u­ments can be and have been insti­tu­tion­alised in archives and muse­ums, how dig­i­tal her­itage can remain free from co-option by hege­mon­ic groups, and the roles that exist for com­mu­ni­ty voices.

A valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to a fast-devel­op­ing field, this book is required read­ing for schol­ars and stu­dents in the fields of her­itage, anthro­pol­o­gy, lin­guis­tics, his­to­ry and the emerg­ing dis­ci­plines of mul­ti-media doc­u­men­ta­tion and analy­sis, as well as those work­ing in the field of lit­er­a­ture, folk­lore, and African stud­ies. It is also impor­tant read­ing for muse­um and archive curators.

Series: World Oral Lit­er­a­ture Series (Book 7 )
Pub­lish­er: Open Book Pub­lish­ers (May 15, 2017) 
ISBN: 9781783743186


The Caribbean Oral Tradition: Literature, Performance, and Practice
Hanétha Vété-Congolo

The book uses an inno­v­a­tive prism of interoral­i­ty that pow­er­ful­ly reeval­u­ates Caribbean oral­i­ty and inno­v­a­tive­ly casts light on its over­looked and fun­da­men­tal epis­te­mo­log­i­cal con­tri­bu­tion into the for­ma­tion of Caribbean phi­los­o­phy. It defines the inno­v­a­tive prism of interoral­i­ty as the sys­tem­at­ic trans­po­si­tion of pre­vi­ous­ly com­posed sto­ry­tales into new and dis­tinct tales.

The book offers a pow­er­ful con­sid­er­a­tion of the inter­con­nec­tions between Caribbean oral­i­ty and Caribbean phi­los­o­phy, espe­cial­ly as this per­tains to aes­thet­ics and ethics. This is a new area of thought, a new method­olog­i­cal approach and a new con­cep­tu­al par­a­digm and propo­si­tion to schol­ars, stu­dents, writ­ers, artists and intel­lec­tu­als who con­ceive and exam­ine intel­lec­tu­al and cul­tur­al pro­duc­tions in the Black Atlantic world and beyond.

Pub­lish­er: Pal­grave MacMil­lan (2016)
ISBN: 978–3-319–32087-8

Sto­ry­telling in North­ern Zam­bia: The­o­ry, Method, Prac­tice and Oth­er Nec­es­sary Fictions
Robert Cancel

Sto­ry­telling plays an impor­tant part in the vibrant cul­tur­al life of Zam­bia and in many oth­er com­mu­ni­ties across Africa. inno­v­a­tive book pro­vides a col­lec­tion and analy­sis of oral nar­ra­tive tra­di­tions as prac­ticed by five Bem­ba-speak­ing eth­nic groups in Zam­bia. The inte­gra­tion of new­ly dig­i­talised audio and video record­ings into the text enables the read­er to encounter the sto­ry­tellers them­selves and hear their narratives.

Robert Cancel’s thor­ough crit­i­cal inter­pre­ta­tion, com­bined with these new­ly dig­i­talised audio and video mate­ri­als, makes Sto­ry­telling in North­ern Zam­bia a much need­ed addi­tion to the slen­der cor­pus of African folk­lore stud­ies that deal with sto­ry­telling per­for­mance. Can­cel threads his way between the com­plex demands of African field­work stud­ies, folk­lore the­o­ry, nar­ra­tive modes, reflex­ive descrip­tion and sim­ple doc­u­men­ta­tion and suc­ceeds in bring­ing to the read­er a set of per­form­ers and their per­for­mances that are vivid, var­ied and instruc­tive. He illus­trates this liv­ing nar­ra­tive tra­di­tion with a wide range of exam­ples, and high­lights the social sta­tus of nar­ra­tors and the com­plex local iden­ti­ties that are at play. Cancel’s study tells us not only about sto­ry­telling but sheds light on the study of oral lit­er­a­tures through­out Africa and beyond. Its inno­v­a­tive for­mat, mean­while, explores new direc­tions in the inte­gra­tion of pri­ma­ry source mate­r­i­al into schol­ar­ly texts. This book is the third vol­ume in the World Oral Lit­er­a­ture Series, devel­oped in con­junc­tion with the World Oral Lit­er­a­ture Project.

Series: World Oral Lit­er­a­ture Series (Book 3)
Pub­lish­er: Open Book Pub­lish­ers (2013)
ISBN: 9781909254596