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The library of the School of Oriental and African Studies holds the largest public collection of Swahili manuscripts in Britain. The collection includes more than 250 manuscripts dating from the 1790s to the 1970s. The library also holds microfilms of the manuscripts that were deposited by JWT Allen at the University of Dar es Salaam.Many manuscripts were scribed in Arabic script, and many contain poetry composed in northern Swahili dialects. Letters, stories, notes, essays on history and culture and drafts of published and unpublished books number among the collection's offerings.The Swahili Manuscripts Project aims to create a comprehensive catalogue of the SOAS manuscripts. Some of the manuscripts can be viewed online and you can listen to recitations. [according to site editor's information] ... [supplemented and changed]
The Centro de Studi Archeologia Africana in Milan has its focus on archeology, wall painting, anthropology and traditional art in Africa. Moreover, it owns a collection of historical prints dating from the mid 16th to the beginning of the 19th century. Some prints can be seen online. You will also find the Centre's publication lists. ... [editors ilissAfrica]
Video meant as introduction to the art of storytelling in Southern Africa by Prof. Scheub, who did research among the Xhosa, Swati, Ndebele and Zulu. Among others, he tells the story of a Xhosa storyteller who told a story of more than 500 hours during several months about the origin of Xhosa society from a woman's perspective. ... [editors ilissAfrica]
In terms of an engagement for an anti-rassist and anti-colonial commemorative culture in Berlin-Brandenburg, Berlin-Postkolonial was founded in 2007. Its members try to stimulate a critcal discourse of the regional colonial history in their global dimensions and to broach the issue of present post-colonial and rassist thought patterns and societal structures. Berlin Postkolonial is therefore trying to cooperate with similar initiatives in the concerned areas and in Germany [according to the site editor's information]....
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