A trove for historians of Africa: reflections from the International Studies Group and research associates

Bishi, George and Gwande, Victor and Manamere, Kundai and Money, Duncan and Stevenson, Ana ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4858-1073 and Swartz, Rebecca and Walton, Sarah-Jane (2021) A trove for historians of Africa: reflections from the International Studies Group and research associates. History Australia, 18 (4). pp. 858-863. ISSN 1449-0854


Abstract

Trove opens possibilities for collaborative, transnational and comparative research from scholars in the Global South, who often work with limited financial resources. Indeed, Trove has been indispensable for the South African-based historians in the International Studies Group, who would otherwise face difficulties accessing Australian primary sources. It also enables Australian perspectives to be incorporated into African histories, fostering the emergence of new historical insights. However, mass digitisation has the potential to create an unevenness in transnational history by privileging certain connections, particularly between British settler colonies. These reflections will offer crucial perspectives from a network of early career historians outside Australia.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2022 02:55
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 04:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digitisation; Trove; Africa; transnational; comparative history; Global South
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430323 Transnational history
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430322 Sub-Saharan African history
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430306 Digital history
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130701 Understanding Africa’s past
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14490854.2021.1993746
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/46768

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