As is our tradition for Memorial Day weekend here at TMC, it’s time to announce our selections for the fifth annual African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular. Like in previous years, we will feature book reviews, guest posts and author Q&As on some of the most interesting books published on African politics in 2017 and 2018.
In our series, we define “politics” broadly and feature books that shed light on important issues in African politics, from how people resist extremism to the latest research on rebel governance or protests, including fascinating accounts from women who participated in the Egyptian uprising. Our selection features work mostly by political scientists, but there are also a couple of historians in the mix and an analyst/journalist with rich experience and expertise examining everyday politics on the continent.
Here are our selections for the 2018 African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular:
- June 8: “Women and the Egyptian Revolution: Engagement and Activism during the 2011 Arab Uprisings” by Nermin Allam
- June 15: “Soldiers in Revolt: Army Mutinies in Africa” by Maggie Dwyer
- June 22: “A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa” by Alexis Okeowo
- June 29: “Rape During Civil War” by Dara Kay Cohen
- July 6: [holiday break in observance of Malawi’s independence day]
- July 13: “Doomed Interventions: The Failure of Global Responses to AIDS in Africa” by Kim Yi Dionne
- July 20: “Insurgent Fragmentation in the Horn of Africa: Rebellion and its Discontents” by Michael Woldemariam
- July 27: “Envy in Politics” by Gwyneth H. McClendon
- Aug. 3: “We Do Not Have Borders: Greater Somalia and the Predicaments of Belonging in Kenya” by Keren Weitzberg
- Aug. 10: “Africa and Global Health Governance: Domestic Politics and International Structures” by Amy Patterson
- Aug. 17: “A History of Modern Uganda” by Richard J. Reid
- Aug. 24: “Political Protest in Contemporary Africa” by Lisa Mueller
We hope you’ll join us in reading some or all of these books and asking questions in the comments section below or on Twitter using the hashtag #APSRS18.