Moving Spaces

Creolisation and Mobility in Africa, the Atlantic and Indian Ocean


Moving Spaces: Creolisation and Mobility in Africa, the Atlantic and Indian Ocean addresses issues of creolisation, mobility, and migration of ideas, songs, stories, and people, as well as plants, in various parts of Africa, the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean worlds. It brings together Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone specialists from various fields – anthropology, geography, history, language & literary studies – from Africa, Brazil, Europe, and the Indo-Pacific. It is a book which, while opening new perspectives, also intriguingly suggests that languages are essential to all processes of creolisation, and that therefore the latter cannot be understood without reference to the former. Its strength therefore lies in bringing together studies from different language domains, particularly Afrikaans, Creole, English, French, Portuguese, and Sanskrit.

Contributors include Andrea Acri, Joaze Bernardino, Marina Berthet, Alain Kaly, Uhuru Phalafala, Haripriya Rangan, Fernando Rosa, António Tomás and Shaun Viljoen.

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Marina Berthet is an anthropologist and Associate Professor of African History at Universidade Federal Fluminense (Niterói, Brazil). She is currently working on the history and anthropology of São Tomé and Príncipe. Her research includes labour, migration, and colonialism.

Fernando Rosa is an anthropologist and historian, and a research affiliate at the English Department, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He has carried out field and historical research in Indonesia, Kerala, Macau, Malaysia, and South Africa, as well as Brazil.

Shaun Viljoen works on South African literature and queer biography and memoir. He is author of Richard Rive: A Partial Biography (Wits Press, 2013). He is associate professor in the English Department at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
Readers interested in studies of creolisation in anthropology, geography, history, languages and literary studies, as well as Buddhist studies and plant migration, especially in Africa, Atlantic, and the Indian Ocean.