In the spotlight

The ASC Country Portal offers many sources of information on African countries. These include: archives and institutions, map collections & interesting statistics. ASC staff will regularly single out a website that deserves to be In the Spotlight.

African heritage sites – UNESCO

The UNESCO World Heritage List spotlights the planet’s most fascinating—and sometimes most threatened—places and customs. Africa has of course many heritage sites. Take a look of the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites in Africa: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/ and http://whc.unesco.org/en/africa/. From the ca. 100 UNESCO heritage sites in Africa, no less than 17 are labelled by UNESCO as to be “in danger” (of which 5 parks in DR Congo).

African novels at the ASCL

Interested in African novels? Take a look at the African literature collection of the African Studies Centre (ASC) in Leiden. This site lists African literature about a specific country in the library catalogue of the ASC. This unique collection of 10.000 titles includes novels, short stories, poetry and drama. Here are some examples of remarkable African novels available in the ASC library.

Colonial Picture Archive (Frankfurt)

This database presents 50,000 digitized historical pictures which cover the whole of Africa.  It consists of the collection of the German Colonial Society (Deutsche Kolonialgesellschaft), which includes mainly glass plates, now stored at the Frankfurt University Library. The visitor can also view a collection of photographs, photo albums, and postcards owned by the Sam Cohen Library, located in Swakopmund, Namibia.