Welcome to the third episode in our new series of audio podcasts!

We’re delighted to have teamed up with Carla Bocchetti from IFRA (French Institute for Research in Africa) in Nairobi to produce an episode all about a new volume that she’s edited, East Africa, Global History and the Classical Traditions. 

The volume is a special issue of the journal Les Cahiers d’Afrique de l’Est: you can read the entire text on the IFRA Nairobi website. As Carla explains, her aim in editing this volume was to bring Classics into a conversation with other disciplines (including the study of ‘Global History’), to show how “the global circulation of classical references in Africa make it possible to open a new dialogue with other traditions circulating in the rim of the Indian ocean world.”

This episode features the voices of five authors who wrote chapters for the volume:

Carla Bocchetti (IFRA Nairobi)

Phiroze Vasunia (University College London)

Daniel Orrells (King’s College London)

Sarah Longair (University of Lincoln)

Gordon Omenya (Pwani University)

 

You can listen to the episode on our OU podcast channel. You can also listen (and subscribe to the podcast) on iTunes.

Alternatively, you can listen on Soundcloud.

 

Further Reading

If you’d like to read more about the topics discussed in this audio, here are some suggestions

 

Further Viewing

In this section of the webpage, you’ll find a video that Henry Stead made on the day that we recorded with Carla, Phiroze and Dan in London, as well as some photographs of buildings and monuments discussed in the podcast (click on the photos to enlarge them).

 

 

Postcard of the west (seaward) façade of the Residence in Zanzibar built for Alexander Rogers, Regent and First Minister, completed 1903, designed by John Sinclair. Courtesy of Terrence Royer, www.zanzibarhistory.org
Postcard of the west (seaward) façade of the Residence in Zanzibar built for Alexander Rogers, Regent and First Minister, completed 1903, designed by John Sinclair. Courtesy of Terrence Royer, http://www.zanzibarhistory.org. Featured in Sarah Longair’s chapter “Visions of the Global: the Classical and the Eclectic in Colonial East African Architecture”.
Main Street, Post Office. Winterton Collection of East African Photographs, Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston. Object 56-2-9. http://hdl.handle.net/2166.DL/inu-wint-56-2-9.
Main Street, Post Office. Winterton Collection of East African Photographs, Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Northwestern Uniersity, Evanston. Object 56-2-9. http://hdl.handle.net/2166.DL/inu-wint-56-2-9. From Sarah Longair’s chapter “Visions of the Global: the Classical and the Eclectic in Colonial East African Architecture”.
McMillan Library, Nairobi, completed 1931, designed by John Sinclair and Messrs. Rand Overy and Blackburn. Photograph: S. Longair.
McMillan Library, Nairobi, completed 1931, designed by John Sinclair and Messrs. Rand Overy and Blackburn. Photograph: S. Longair. From Sarah’s chapter “Visions of the Global: the Classical and the Eclectic in Colonial East African Architecture”.

A Classical Building With Asian Architectural Design Showing Asian Shop cum residence in Kisumu
A Classical Building With Asian Architectural Design Showing Asian Shop cum residence in Kisumu. From Gordon Omenya’s chapter “A Global History of Asian’s Presence in Kisumu District of Kenya’s Nyanza Province”.
A Picture of a Sculpture Erected by the Sikh community To Mark their 100 Years in Kisumu Town Source: Daily Nation, 6th February, 2014.
A Picture of a Sculpture Erected by the Sikh community To Mark their 100 Years in Kisumu Town Source: Daily Nation, 6th February, 2014. From Gordon Omenya’s chapter “A Global History of Asian’s Presence in Kisumu District of Kenya’s Nyanza Province”.
Demonstrators attack a sculpture erected by the Sikh community in Kisumu town Source: Daily Nation, 6th February 2014.
Demonstrators attack a sculpture erected by the Sikh community in Kisumu town Source: Daily Nation, 6th February 2014. From Gordon Omenya’s chapter “A Global History of Asian’s Presence in Kisumu District of Kenya’s Nyanza Province”.
Lamu dhow (photo sent by Carla Bocchetti)
Lamu dhow (photo sent by Carla Bocchetti)

 

old cotton factory in Lamu island
Old cotton factory in Lamu island (photo sent by Carla Bocchetti)

 

Grafitti of a dhow at Takwa ruins, Manda island
Grafitti of a dhow at Takwa ruins, Manda island (photo sent by Carla Bocchetti)

 

the interior of the Macmillan library in Nairobi
Interior of the Macmillan library in Nairobi (photo sent by Carla Bocchetti)

 

statue made by Lapini from Florence located at the interior of the Mcmillan library in Nairobi
Statue made by Lapini from Florence, now in the Mcmillan library in Nairobi (photo sent by Carla Bocchetti)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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