The African Commoner, Local Processes, and Colonial Incursion, ca. 1860-1914.
Dr. Kwabena Akurang-Parry and myself will be putting together a book with the above tentative title. It is designed to be a festchrift in honour of Prof. Sydney Kanya-Forstner of the York University, History Department, Toronto. We invite chapter contributions that address any of the following:
convergence points at the local sub-state levels between the European agents of imperialism and sub-state African communities (village/town, family, individuals, lineages & clans etc): evidence of local interpersonal influence on European agents in the course of their careers.
stories of European agents who became culturally/politically influenced by their encounters with resisting, collapsing, adjusting, or "collaborating" African social-political structures, processes and personnel.
exploration of areas where the colonized were able to
capture territories within the psyche, the worldview, programme and lives of imperial/colonizing agents.
Examination of situations where the African subject (family, clan, individual, village/town etc) was able to play agent against agent, smoothing the rough edges of colonial policies and attitudes.
the bearing that all such engagements had on agents? policy formulations or recommendations, and on the overall character, and implementation of the imperial objectives at both the center and the periphery.
implications of the imperial agents? engagement with the localized process of commerce, production, reproduction, culture, and religion of the Africans ( i.e., at the local sub-state levels?)
While the central focus is to be on the engagements between European agents and the local sub-state level African communities, original and innovative perspectives on the old theme of the relationships between imperialising agents and the larger African states will be considered.
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