Online Research & Teaching with Africa Maps: Tips, Techniques, Examples & Resources | EV & N 364 | CCTV

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Online libraries of African historical maps now make it possible to create innovative forms of multi-cultural & international online learning platforms.

This video is a short introduction to accessing and navigating African historical maps online through:

Online Research & Teaching with Africa Maps: Tips, Techniques, Examples & Resources
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Panel Chair: Tim Weiskel, Africa Map Circle


Gerald Rizzo, President, Afriterra, The Catrographic Free Library
William Worger, University of California, Los Angeles
Henry Lovejoy, University of Colorado Boulder
Paul Lovejoy, Department of History, York University
Andrew Apter, Department of History, UCLA

The COVID-19 lockdown has radically altered research, teaching, and learning in African studies at all levels — from K-12 classrooms through advanced post-doctoral archival research. For the foreseeable future it will no longer be possible to watch a movie together in classroom, nor can groups take field-trips to museums to view important Africa collections, nor will it be possible to assemble in auditoriums to hear from a visiting guest speaker reporting on current circumstances in Africa.

Further, while African studies has had to go “virtual” almost overnight, there are, so far, very few online “textbooks” that are accessible to assist teachers to design “virtual” classroom materials and teach under COVID-19 circumstances.

One immediate solution for this problem:

Despite the general paucity of online African studies materials there has been a remarkable development of resources for the study of historical maps and images of Africa. Over the last decade major innovations in the digitization of historical documents have now made it possible to conduct powerful, rewarding and highly innovative work online in African studies. (See:

This ASA panel will discuss case studies of newly available digitized documents and highlight innovative teaching approaches that can be used by anyone working in African studies. This session will be of interest to all those who must now design, enhance or extend online teaching of African studies in our COVID-19 circumstance. Those who attend this session will receive a helpful, “clickable” compendium (See: of accessible online resources for their immediate “virtual classroom” use.

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Tim Weiskel
Dipl. Soc. Anthrop.(Oxon); DPhil (Oxon), MLS, FRGS
Coordinator, Africa Map Circle

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