Edinburgh Centre for Global History

Another World? East Africa and the global 1960s

This project seeks to understand and explain how East Africa’s global connections systematically broke down after independence, opening up a set of new and unpredictable paths forward.

This project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and will run from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2022. 


  1. To broaden our understanding of how East Africans imagined the world and their place in it by excavating networks of global affinity between authors and readers spread across the world.
  2. To assess the implications of the implosion of cosmopolitan, internationalized utopian visions of Africa’s place in the world for the period of economic and political crisis that followed.
  3. To emphasise the importance of the African experience for studies of globalization from across the humanities and social sciences.

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