The Africa Map Circle (“The Circle”) is a project of the African Historical Graphics Archive. It operates as an online community of scholars and students devoted to sharing and studying maps of Africa. In joining the circle you can learn more about how to undertake research on digitized historical maps of specific regions of Africa as well as the continent as a whole.
In addition, teachers and professors at all levels — from elementary school through post-doctoral research fellows — can learn how to teach a wide range of African studies topics though both ancient and modern maps. The cartographic material ranges from maps that illustrate particular incidents or narratives from the historical past to contemporary satellite imagery highlighting land forms and emerging environmental crises in particular locations on the African continent.
Participants in the circle are encouraged to share notifications of their own research in African cartography and facilitate the exchange of information in this rapidly burgeoning, multi-disciplinary field of study. For example, as part of the 2019 African Studies Association (ASA) annual meeting in Boston during November 2019, Dr. Gerald Rizzo extended a generous invitation to all members of the ASA to visit and view Afriterra at its Boston headquarters — a visit during which Dr. Jules Carney (UCLA, Geography) presented an important address entitled: “The Trans-Atlantic Horizon: A Cartographic Observance of Africa’s Botanical Legacy,” (22 November 2019) based on several decades of her research on trans-Atlantic ethno-botany. In the future further meetings of students at all levels, specialized researchers, historical map enthusiasts and scholars from all over the world who study African maps are anticipated to continue and expand this new field of online digital humanities. For more information see: “Some Advantages of Joining the Africa Map Circle.” Notices of further developments from The Circle will be posted here as they become available.