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Dr Ismay Milford
Research Fellow; Twentieth century African and global history
Affiliated research centres
I am a historian of East and Central Africa's global connections during the twentieth century, with a broader interests in decolonisation, youth and students, religious internationalism, journalism and broadcasting, librarianship, and the Cold War.
I am currently completing a monograph, provisionally titled Anticolonial culture: East and Central African activists in a decolonising world, based on the findings on my PhD (European University institute, 2019).
I joined the HCA in March 2019 as a research fellow, working on the Leverhulme Trust-funded project 'Another World? East Africa and the Global 1960s' together with Emma Hunter (University of Edinburgh), Gerard McCann (University of York), Daniel Branch (University of Warwick), Anna Admia (Univeritsy of York), and Daniel Heathcote (University of Edinburgh). Please visit the project website and our publications for more info.
My new project explores the East African information sector. It seeks to demonstrates the significance of training schemes for East African journalists, librarians, and information officers in shifting global 'information talk' during the 1950s-80s.
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Comparative & Global History
- Twentieth Century & After
Knowledge Exchange and Impact
I am the lead editor of East Africa's Global Lives, a continually-growing co-produced, Open Access teaching resource for African and global history. This grew out of an archival workshop in Nairobi in 2019.
Throughout 2021, I am co-convening an Institute of Historical Research Partnership Seminar series, ‘The archives of global history in a time of international immobility’, a series of public roundtables that ask how the pandemic can prompt new practices and lines of enquiry in global history.
In 2019-20, I contributed to the prehonours course Making of the Modern World (HIST08033), and to the Sutton Trust summer school for university applicants.
In 2020-21 I have been involved in contributions for Global Connections and The Bandung Moment, as well as the Sutton Trust summer school.
‘Another World? East Africa, Decolonisation, and the Global History of the Mid-Twentieth Century’, Journal of African History, 62:3 (forthcoming, 2021). Co-authored with Gerard McCann, Emma Hunter, and Daniel Branch.
‘African Internationalisms and the Erstwhile Trajectories of Kenyan Community Development: Joseph Murumbi’s 1950s’, Journal of Contemporary History (forthcoming, 2021). Co-authored with Gerard McCann.
'Federation, Partnership, and the chronologies of space in 1950s East and Central Africa', The Historical Journal, 63:5 (2020).
‘More than a Cold War scholarship: East-Central African anticolonial activists, the International Union of Socialist Youth, and the evasion of the colonial state (1955-65)’, Stichproben: The Vienna Journal of African Studies, No. 34 (2018).
‘Zoom in, zoom out, change lens: New directions in the historiography of decolonisation’, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Vol. 18, No. 2 (2017).
‘”Shining vistas” and false passports: recipes for an anti-colonial hub‘, Afro-Asian Visions, online (2017).
Review of Colonial Metropolis: The urban grounds of anti-imperialism and feminism in interwar Paris, by Jennifer Anne Boittin, European Review of History, Vol. 23 (2016).