Teaching Africa and international studies: Forum introduction

Julia Gallagher, Carl Death, Meera Sabaratnam, Karen Smith

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Africa has often been defined and represented by outsiders. In International Studies, the continent is frequently viewed as peripheral and uninteresting. This is clearly a problem, and an increasingly apparent one as the number of courses on Africa and IS grow, both in Africa and beyond. Many academics who run these courses are keen to challenge the continent’s traditional marginalisation and perceived dependency, but they are limited by the resources available to them, and the fact that many are establishing new courses from scratch. This article outlines some of the key debates around teaching Africa and IS, setting the scene for the articles that follow.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-452
Number of pages12
Issue number4
Early online date23 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


  • Africa; International Studies; Teaching

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