Dar Impressions: The Other Story of Asia-Africa Relations

. . . And so I went to Dar. For an Asia-Africa conference. It wasn’t just any conference, but something quite different altogether. I would like to say that it wasn’t a field of presentations that only spoke and ignored one another, like the tower of Babel. In reality, everything came from all the senses, but nothing was disharmonic, solitary, or monologic. Even if it’s true that international Africa-Asia relations are currently facing a wall, there is another story of Asia and Africa which seemed, at Dar, to indicate the desire for connection and knowledge, to and for another world.

Abdourahmane Seck writes a beautiful note on his impressions of Dar es Salaam and the Asia-Africa: A New Axis of Knowledge Conference that took place in September this year.   

Trilokpuri, Delhi: Oral narratives for a neighbourhood museum

Trilokpuri is a resettlement colony in Delhi that came up during the Emergency years (1975-76). We chose it as one of the neighbourhoods to explore and engage with for a Neighbourhood Museum for multiple reasons. The neighbourhood is infamous for being notorious. It has been the centre of attention due to its constant brush with communal violence in the past, the worst of which was the 1984 Sikh riots and 2014 Hindu-Muslim riots. But one of the main reasons Trilokpuri caught our fancy is the fact that it houses people who form a major chunk of the service class in the city. From maids, gol-gappa walas and rickshaw-pullers to IAS officers and government employees, the neighbourhood is home to people in all kinds of formal and informal service sector professions, hence making an indispensible part of the city.

Songhay Cowhide Patterns: Field notes from Gao, Mali

Mohomodou Houssouba's field work in Gao has unearthed a new series of photographs of cowhide patterns and their names in Songhay. He has so far collected the Songhay words for approximately 75 different types of cow pattern, 30 different types of goat pattern, 6 different types of donkey patterns and while he has collected the names for horses, image are still pending. You can see more of the photos on

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