« Program: Sudan: A Musical History of Conflict and Diaspora

Scholars: Ahmad Sikainga

Ahmad Sikainga is a Professor of African and African America Studies at Ohio State University, specializing in African economic social history, with a focus on slavery, emancipation, labor, and urban history. He holds an MA from Khartoum University (Sudan) and a Ph.D from University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Sikainga was a Mellon Fellow at Harvard University and in 1996-97 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Morocco. His current research examines the role of slavery, ethnicity, and identity in the development of popular culture in contemporary Sudan.  His publications include: Sudan Defence Force: Origin and Role, 1925-1955 (1983), Western Bahr al-Ghazal Under British Rule, 1898-1956 (1991), Slaves into Workers: Emancipation and Labor in Colonial Sudan (1996), and several articles. He co-edited Civil War in the Sudan, 1983-1989 (1993). His most recent book is City of Steel and Fire: A Social History of Atbara, Sudan’s Railway Town, 1906-1984.  In 2006 he co-edited Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Africa (Africa World Press).  He is currently working on a book project on the development of popular culture in contemporary Sudan.