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African Regional Links: Central/Middle Africa

These sites are of interest. The Woyingi Blogger does not endorse the content of these sites. Please inform me if any of the links do not work. When including countries within a particular region, I am following the United Nations geographical sub-regions for Africa.

Central African Links

The Centre Æquatoria is a research center, library, and collection of archives, annex guesthouse, specialized in the languages, cultures, and the (pre-colonial and colonial) history of sub-Saharan Africa, with special emphasis on the peoples of the central Congo basin

The Royal Museum of Central Africa (RMCA) in Belgium has the reputation of being one of the world’s most beautiful and impressive museums devoted to Africa. Since its founding in 1898, the Museum’s task has been to preserve and manage its collections, conduct scientific research and disseminate knowledge to the general public through museological, educational and scientific activities. The Museum plays an active role in the sustainable development of Africa and aspires to be a centre for collaboration and reflection on today’s Africa and the challenges it faces.

In and Out of Focus: Images from Central Africa, 1885–1960: Virtual Exhibition of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. In and Out of Focus, examines how widely disseminated images by Euro-American photographers created and perpetuated ideas and sentiments about the peoples of Central Africa who lived under colonial rule. Among the featured photographers is Casimir Zagourski (1883–1944), one of the most successful practitioners whose evocative works are highlighted in the exhibition.

The Oxford Central Africa Forum seeks to push forward research and discussion on the multitude of challenges faced by the populations of Central Africa. OCAF brings together academic researchers, graduate students, development practitioners and policy-makers to discuss current events as well as historical developments. The Forum supports the diffusion of research and provides a platform for exchanges of ideas between stakeholders who don’t always find it easy to dialogue with each other. Part of the Royal African Society’s African Arguments Site. is a website dedicated to the hunter-gatherer peoples living in the Central African rainforests, commonly called Pygmies.

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