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X-Posted from Portuguese History and Empire <H-PORTUGAL@H-NET.MSU.EDU> From: Jeff Irvin <irvin@MAIL.H-NET.MSU.EDU> ________ From: "MADALINA FLORESCU" <email@example.com> Date: Tue, May 11, 2010 7:42 am Dear Daniella: A source I`ve found useful, though not directly related to Bakongo/Kikongo identity is: Brinkman, I. and A. Fleisch eds 1999 In Grandmother` s Footsteps: Oral Tradition and SOuth-East Angolan Narratives on the colonial Encounter. Koln: Koppe Also there is Jelmer Vos` PhD Thesis (2005) at the University of London on the enduring "Kongo Kingdom" as a cultural scheme that has mediated the imagination of the wider world among Kikongo speakers until at least 1912. As for primary sources: I have recorded some narratives in Kikongo and Lingala during my fieldwork (I`ve lived for three months with a family of "Congoelse immigrants" in th eperiphery of Luanda), but they are not available in print. What they suggest however is that to understand how identity is imagined and narrated in African contexts instead of starting from ethnicity and nationalism, it may be a more productive avenue to look at the literature on the interface between people and the products of bureaucracy (the affective load of documents of identity and how they constitute subjects). Among the authors: Navaro Yashin and Begona Artexaga. An interesting comoarison could be with how Serbs narrate their poist-Yugolsav selves: Jansen, S. "After the Red Passport", in Journal of the royal Anthropological Institute (2009). Hope that is of some help. Madalina Florescu Daniella N. Mak wrote: Dear All, I am doing an oral history project focusing on how Kikongo and Bakongo identity is narrated by Angolan refugees in the post-civil war context. If you have any suggestions with regards to primary and secondary sources on either (i) Kikongo and Bakongo identity, or (ii) oral history work focusing on similar issues, I would appreciate any ideas. To date I have been looking at the following secondary sources for methodology: - Imagining Yiddishland: Language, Place, and Memory, Jeffrey Shandler - Not Born A Refugee Woman: Contesting Identities, Rethinking Practices, Hajdukowski-Ahmed, Khanlou and Moussa - Ethnicity and Conflict in Angola: Prospects for Reconciliation, Assis Malaquais - Identity, Memory, and Diaspora: Voices of Cuban-American Artists, Writers, and Philosophers, Garcia, Bosch and Borland - Communities of Memory: On Witness, Identity, and Justice, W. James Booth - Diaspora, Memory, and Identity, Vijay Agnew I am interested in tying these themes to nationalist / Portuguese conceptions of Angola as a nation-state. As such, any ideas for sources for this topic would also be most welcome. Thanks in advance! Warm Regards, Daniella _________________________________________________________ Daniella N. Mak University of Pennsylvania 2010 Diplomatic History, African Studies, Modern Middle Eastern Studies E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Cell: 215-983-8954