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Building Scholarly Communities in the Time of COVID: Fieldnotes from the Indian Ocean World Podcast
The Blog | February 17, 2021

Building Scholarly Communities in the Time of COVID: Fieldnotes from the Indian Ocean World Podcast

Like other graduate students and academicians, I lost many opportunities to participate in workshops, conferences, and other learning avenues to widen scholarly networks, discuss research interests, and open conversations. I pondered, how can I overcome this barrier known as 'social distancing' by finding alternative mediums to reach out to my colleagues and continue expanding my scholarly networks?

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BLOG—Phantom Africa: The Topos of Silent Trade
The Blog | November 24, 2020

BLOG—Phantom Africa: The Topos of Silent Trade

One of the most resilient topoi of writing on Black Africa is that of the so-called silent trade. It first appears in Herodotus and from there it is dutifully repeated in geographies, histories, descriptions and travel accounts that portray African people (in Latin, Arabic, and different European vernaculars) well into the 19th century. So much so that already by the 15th century Venetian captain Alvise Cadamosto concluded in the account of his travel to the rivers of Guinea: “Since it is related by so many we can accept it as true.”

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Raymond Grew: A Tribute
The Blog | November 11, 2020

Raymond Grew: A Tribute

The Toynbee Prize Foundation regrets to announce that Raymond Grew, a Board of Trustees member of the Toynbee Prize Foundation, former President of the Toynbee Prize Foundation, and a leading scholar of global history, social history, and comparative history, passed away in September 2020. Grew, who was Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Michigan, was 90.

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