A Journal of Transnational Africa in a Global World
Editor-in-Chief: Karel Arnaut
This scholarly journal seeks to understand how African cultures and societies shape and are shaped by historical and current diasporic and transnational movements. Contrary to assuming 'Africa' as a bounded geographical entity and the African diaspora as a single imagined community, the journal charts uncovered territories and entangled histories of plural diasporas and transnational movements from, to and within Africa. These include, but are not limited to, the Transatlantic, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East as well as Europe and the former socialist countries of the European continent.

By focusing on when and how diasporas are produced and lived, diasporic connections are claimed, and transnational engagements evolve, the journal fosters a view on the ways in which these movements are navigated by people, networks, communities and states in historical, political and socio-cultural terms. This journal pursues placing at the centre of its attention the diasporians' and migrants' own experiences and expressions of these interlocking forms of mobility. Providing an academic context for the interpolation of the ways in which diasporic and transnational movements reinforce, negotiate or negate one another forms the core of the interdisciplinary approach this journal fosters. The ways in which the diversity of these flows subsequently produce mediations of contact, contest or conflict vis-à-vis the social fabric of sending and receiving situations and within transnational networks is elementary to the critical social theory the journal's academic debate is promoting. Issues of boundary making and crossing, belonging and citizenship, kinship and family configurations, religious ritual and symbolism, popular expressions and public culture, economic initiative and political agency form the heart of the diversity of these mediations.

The journal therefore encourages the submission of articles that are groundbreaking in their empirically founded re-conceptualizations of this intellectual terrain. The journal publishes peer reviewed articles based on original research, short notes and communications, and book reviews. Occasionally it will produce thematic issues. It is the journal's policy to encourage publication by junior scholars and to provide a platform for discussion and exchange relevant to policy. The journal is bi-lingual and welcomes contributions both in English and French. All articles will have abstracts in both languages.

From 2012 - 2014 this is a full Open Access journal, which means that all articles are freely available, ensuring maximum, worldwide dissemination of content. For more information please contact the journal: afdi@brill.com.
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In this chapter we describe the play element through an examination of inhibitors to play by adults in the setting of improvisational comedy, a group performance art. The play element is at the core of how group members create a performance-narrative reality with its own set of rules, and how the group continues to entertain the audience throughout a show. The way improvisors describe and use the word ‘play’ frames the play element as a fundamental set of skills. Inhibitors to play can be seen in some of the common problems students of this artform have. Inhibitors include lapses in listening, failure to adopt mental abstractions, and not accepting the ideas of others and adding to them (a maxim improvisors call ‘yes-and’). The inhibitors cause primary problems affecting the very means by which improvisors create coherent performances, and secondary problems that emerge within coherent scenes from more subtle variations of the group dynamic. The Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center, the largest school for improvisational comedy in the United States, served as the site for this chapter.

In: Play of Individuals and Societies
Lectures, interprétations, dramaturgies de Britannicus de Jean Racine en France (1669-2004)
À la base de cette étude se trouvent des questions très simples, mais tellement fondamentales qu’on oublie souvent de les poser. Pourquoi le théâtre français est-il tellement “français”, par exemple lorsqu’on met en scène un auteur comme Racine? Quelles constructions identitaires, quelles catégories idéologiques étayent cette pratique ? Et quels facteurs contextuels, à la fois politiques et sociaux, influencent, contestent, contaminent ces constructions ? Abordant à la fois des questions liées à l’histoire du théâtre et des problèmes qui touchent à l’analyse culturelle, Le mythe de l’authenticité analyse l’impact de certains facteurs contextuels sur le processus de canonisation et les modes de représentation d’une seule pièce canonique : Britannicus de Jean Racine (1669). Quel serait le lien entre le personnage de Néron et le roi de France ? Qu’aurait pensé Napoléon de l’interprétation de ce même personnage par son acteur favori Talma ? Quels facteurs furent à la base de l’interprétation psychosexuelle et puis psychanalytique (à la française) de cette pièce ? Et comment l’interprétation de Britannicus par André Antoine pourrait-elle être appelée queer ? Le mythe de l’authenticité démontre ainsi comment cette tragédie romaine fut, depuis sa création jusqu’à nos jours, déconstruite et reconstruite par des artistes aussi divers que Le Kain, Talma, Mounet-Sully, André Antoine, Michel Hermon, Antoine Vitez, Brigitte Jaques-Wajeman et bien d’autres.
Editor: Karel Wellens
In the years to come the international legal order will have to face a broad range of challenges, of both an institutional and substantive nature. That is precisely the focus of this collective volume written by contributors from Flanders and the Netherlands. Although they are specialists in different fields of international law, what unites them is their position as Emeritus professors, with long and respected careers and a wealth of experience and insight. Their brief was to reflect - from their silver perspective - on the future of their respective fields and the most pressing challenges that lie ahead for them. The result is a fascinating, thought-provoking and above all original collection, offering the reader the benefit of the collective wisdom of this group of eminent "silver" scholars.

Author: Karel Davids
In Religion, Technology, and the Great and Little Divergences Karel Davids offers a new perspective on technological change in China and Europe before the Industrial Revolution. This book makes an innovative contribution to current debates on the origins of the 'Great Divergence' between China and Europe and the ' Little Divergence' within Europe by analysing the relationship between the evolution of technical knowledge and religious contexts. It deals with the question to what extent disparities in the evolution of technical knowledge can be explained by differences in religious environment. It takes a comparative look at the relation between technology and religion in China and Europe between c.700 and 1800 from four angles: visions on the uses of nature, the formation of human capital , the circulation of technical knowledge and technical innovation.
Author: Karel Davids
Technological leadership is an important topic in economic history and the history of technology. This book addresses the issue of technological leadership by means of an in-depth study on the Dutch Republic, once described as ‘the first modern economy’. Drawing on extensive research in archives in Europe and a vast amount of printed sources and secondary literature, it provides a wide-ranging overview of Dutch technological leadership in the early modern Europe, it explains whence this leadership came about and why it ended and it explores to what extent the Dutch case illuminates the evolution of technological leadership in general. This book is thus relevant for the study of technological leadership, the development of technology in the early modern period as well as the history of the economic expansion of the Dutch Republic.
Contacts and Conflicts 1596-1950. Second Revised Edition
This book tells the story of the contacts and conflicts between muslims and christians in Southeast Asia during the Dutch colonial history from 1596 until 1950. The author draws from a great variety of sources to shed light on this period: the letters of the colonial pioneer Jan Pietersz. Coen, the writings of 17th century Dutch theologians, the minutes of the Batavia church council, the contracts of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) with the sultans in the Indies, documents from the files of colonial civil servants from the 19th and 20th centuries, to mention just a few. The colonial situation was not a good starting-point for a religious dialogue. With Dutch power on the increase there was even less understanding for the religion of the muslims . In 1620 J.P. Coen, the strait-laced calvinist, had actually a better understanding and respect for the muslims than the liberal colonial leaders from the early 20th century, convinced as they were of western supremacy.
Catholics in Independent Indonesia: 1945-2010 concludes Steenbrink’s three volume historical account of Catholicism in Indonesia with a detailed report of the survival and growth of this minority religion in Muslim Indonesia since its independence in 1945.
Colonial Catholicism survived in the independent Republic of Indonesia during the nationalist Sukarno regime (1945-1965) and regained a new dynamic during the general religious revival that was part of the New Order of Soeharto after 1965. From a Dutch-inspired institution it became a fully Indonesian steered community with a modern and international character. The second half of the book will deal with the different regional developments in this vast country.
This first of two volumes documents the history of the Roman Catholic Church in Indonesia from 1808, when, after two centuries, priests were again allowed in the Dutch colony, until 1903, when the the number of Catholics, only 27,000 at the time, started to grow spectacularly.
The story of slow growth among the indigenous population, with many setbacks, is illustrated by 98 documents, which are included in their complete format and original language (mostly Dutch). Half of the book contains a lenghty introduction in which the history of Catholic missionary effort is spelled out, with, of course, a lot of attention for the islands where the Catholic clergy was actively engaged in proselytizing. This introduction is the first survey in English on the subject.