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Across the Spectrum

Mehler, Andreas ; Melber, Henning

Africa Spectrum, April 2016, Vol.51(1), pp.3-4 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Across the Spectrum
  • Autor: Mehler, Andreas ; Melber, Henning
  • Assuntos: History & Archaeology
  • É parte de: Africa Spectrum, April 2016, Vol.51(1), pp.3-4
  • Descrição: With this issue (1/2016) we enter the 51st year of publishing Africa Spectrum. Now that we can look back on half a century of the journal, it seemed apt to commission a short retrospective. The report by Andreas Eckert published in this issue situates the journal’s trajectory in a general context by looking at its progress over time and tracing some of the historical dimensions that have shaped the framework and conditions for an academic periodical concentrating on Africa. Launched in Hamburg in the 1960s, Africa Spectrum was a kind of contemporary mirror image, reflecting West Germany’s difficulties finding its place in a changing global order after many years of isolation following World War II. Andreas Eckert was a member of Africa Spectrum’s editorial team for many years. He is an astute scholar and a privileged observer of such developments, and we are grateful for his informed analysis. His overview shows that we were not interested in our praises being sung or a “heroic narrative” being written about our journal, along the lines of the “patriotic histories” we sometimes come across in African Studies when engaging with postcolonial, nationalist writing.
  • Idioma: Inglês

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