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Digital African History Materials: Lamu (Kenya), Independence Movements in Southern Africa, and more

A Heritage Site page for Lamu, Kenya, including images, maps, GIS data, texts, and manuscripts. Lamu was a critical development in the trade routes along the Swahili Coast.

If you are interested in African History, this video I recorded a few years ago might be interesting to you. It is a walkthrough of some of the African History materials available here. There are some real treasures here, including collections from the Smithsonian, Northwestern University’s Africana Department, and several of our wonderful African partners, including the National Archives of Namibia, Zimbaweothers chronicling the Swahili Coast, as well as the Liberation Movements in Southern Africa (specifically Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe).

Please excuse my almost sedate voice on this one; I suspect I recoded it very early in the morning and I sort of sound like a radio host from an AM station, or perhaps even a voice from NPR.

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About Author

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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