Sierra Leone Studies

The country of Sierra Leone has a long and interesting history. It holds a unique place in the development of the continent of Africa. As such it deserves to have an academic institution, based on its own soil, that serves as the most informed and respected place of study and source of information available to those wanting to further their knowledge of the country and its people. We hope that, over a period of time, we can develop a centre of learning that attracts scholars from across Africa and elsewhere.

In order to commence this ambitious project, we will use all the modern digital tools available to us. We will begin by building both an anthology of materials available in all academic disciplines and providing a detailed bibliography of work stored elsewhere and currently being researched and where this maybe viewed and incorporated into the work of scholars studying  and writing on all aspects of Sierra Leone.

A further source of information will be the respected ‘Journal of Sierra Leone Studies’, which will be based at The Centre and subsequent editions will include both peer-reviewed academic papers and other items of interest and use to those wanting to study and know more about Sierra Leone.

If anyone has documents, photographs or other items that will be of use to scholars and would like to donate them to us, please send them The Centre, where they will allow us to build the non-digital section of the materials available to all wanting to study and further their interest in Sierra Leone.

Fr. Joe Turay – Principal, University of Makeni
John Birchall – Adviser  and contributor to The Centre

The Centre of Sierra Leone Studies,
University of Makeni,
Makeni,
The Republic of Sierra Leone

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Welcome to The Journal of Sierra Leone Studies. This is the first Journal dedicated solely to Sierra Leone to have been published for a long time. We hope that it will be of use to academics, students and anyone with an interest in what for many is a rather ‘special’ country.

The need for collaborative research related to the global diaspora of Africans and their descendants is challenging because the documentation is extensive, multilingual and scattered around the world in hundreds of archives, libraries, churches, courthouses, government offices, museums, ports and personal collections. The overall aim of THE LIBERATED AFRICANS PROJECT is to bring together as much data as possible regarding the transnational links between these international courts and piece together the lives of over 200,000 Liberated Africans from the worldwide collection of sources to open them up for further research and discussion.

The need for collaborative research related to the global diaspora of Africans and their descendants is challenging because the documentation is extensive, multilingual and scattered around the world in hundreds of archives, libraries, churches, courthouses, government offices, museums, ports and personal collections. The overall aim of THE LIBERATED AFRICANS PROJECT is to bring together as much data as possible regarding the transnational links between these international courts and piece together the lives of over 200,000 Liberated Africans from the worldwide collection of sources to open them up for further research and discussion.

 
 
 
 

SubjectLinkTitleDescription
Economic Historyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Economic-History-of-England-Part-1-2012.pdfThe development of the British EconomyPart 1
Economic Historyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/A-brief-economic-history-of-post-1945-world-part-2.pdfThe development of the British EconomyPart 2
Economic Historyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Economic-History-of-England-Part-3-20121.pdfThe development of the British EconomyPart 3
Economic Historyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/The-economic-history-of-England-Part-4-2012.pdfThe development of the British EconomyPart 4
Economic Historyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Economic-History-of-England-Part-5-2012.pdfThe development of the British EconomyPart 5
Famous Peoplehttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Famous-people-from-Sierra-Leone-A-C.pdfFamous People fro Sierra Leone: A-CBrief biographies
Transporthttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/CSLS-The-Sierra-Leone-Railway-1.pdfThe Sierra Leone RailwayA brief history by Helen Ashby, Friends of Sierra Leone National Railway Museum
Historyhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/10.14321/jwestafrihist.3.1.0001?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contentsGroup Identity, Scarification, and Poro among Liberated Africans in Sierra Leone, 1808–1819 Article in Journal of West African History
Contemporary Videoshttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/CSLS-Videos-on-life-in-Sierra-Leone-1.pdfLife in Sierra LeonePersonal accounts
Mathematicshttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/CSLS-Mathematics.pdfCSLS - MathematicsSummary of Mathematics references
Computer Sciencehttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/CSLS-Computer-Science.pdfCSLS - Computer ScienceSummary of Computer Science references
Theologyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/CSLS-Theology.pdfCSLS - TheologySummary of Theology references
Sociologyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Centre-of-Sierra-Leone-Studies-Sociology.pdfCSLS - SociologySummary of Sociology references
Sociologyhttp://vc.bridgew.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1056&context=jiwsWomen and Post-Conflict Society in Sierra Leone "Sustainable advancement [of women in Sierra Leone] depends on alliances whereby the better-educated urban women exert pressure for solving concrete problems of poorer women in exchange for their political support" - Hazel M. McFerson
Zoologyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Centre-of-Sierra-Leone-Studies-Zoology.pdfCSLS - ZoologySummary of Zoology references
Earth Scienceshttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/CSLS-Earth-Sciences.pdfCSLS - Earth SciencesSummary of Earth Sciences references
Engineeringhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/CSLS-Engineering.pdfCSLS - EngineeringSummary of Engineering references
General Academic Assistancehttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/CSLS-Using-video-sources-in-your-work.pdfCSLS-Using video sources in your workUsing video sources in your work
Contemporary Videoshttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Videos-of-life-in-Sierra-Leone.pdfLife in Sierra Leone'Personal' accounts
Historyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Freetown-Anniversary.pdfFreetown 225th Anniversary SpeechAddress by The Hon Vice President, Dr Victor Bockarie Foh
Politicshttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Centre-of-Sierra-Leone-Studies-Politics.pdfCSLS - PoliticsSummary of Politics references
Literaturehttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Centre-of-Sierra-Leone-Studies-Literature.pdfCSLS LiteratureSummary of Literature references
Bibliographyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/John-Howards-Bibliography_2017-1.pdfMy West Africa Bibliography 2017by John Howard
Contemporary Issueshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw2pEcauGt8Mineral wealth and rural livelihoods in post-war Sierra Leone: Where does artisanal mining fit in?YouTube film by Roy Maconachie
Contemporary Issueshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p052h28jYouth UnemploymentBBC World Service Broadcast
Contemporary Issueshttps://vimeo.com/154721350Gender and Fairtrade - The stories of women cocoa farmers in GhanaVimeo film by Roy Maconachie, Elizabeth Fortin & Simon Wharf
Contemporary Issues(2016) Re-thinking the child labor "problem" in rural sub-Saharan Africa: The case of Sierra Leone's "half shovels". World Development, 78, pp. 136-147.Re-thinking the child labor "problem" in rural sub-Saharan Africa
Contemporary Issues(2015) Responding to the challenge of fragility and security in West Africa: Natural resources, extractive industry investment and social conflict. The World Bank Group: WashingtonResponding to the challenge of fragility and security in West Africa
General Academic Assistancehttp://www.authoraid.info/en/Author AidAuthorAID is a global network that provides support, mentoring, resources and training for researchers in developing countries
Contemporary Videoshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2pEIaXJbak&t=73sInterview with Gary Schulze - By Rev. Wilfred Kabs-Kanu Gary Schulze describes his work in the Peace Corps in SL
Developmenthttp://www.africaprogresspanel.org/about/The Africa Progress Panel (APP)Ten distinguished individuals from the private and public sector who advocate for equitable and sustainable development for Africa.
Botanyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/CSLS-Botany.pdfCSLS BotanySummary of Botany references
Communicationshttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/CSLS-Communications.pdfCSLS CommunicationsSummary of Communications references
Geographyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/CSLS-Geography.pdfCSLS GeographySummary of Geography references
Languagehttp://acceda.ulpgc.es/bitstream/10553/17690/3/0724891_00000_0000.pdfA Roadmap to Sierra Leone EnglishA Sociohistorical and Ecological Perspective by Saidu Bangura
Languagehttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/White-Sherbro-and-English-Book-1862.pdfSherbro and English Book IIn 1862, the Mendi Mission, Good Hope, Sherbro...…published a Sherbro – English vocabulary Book - Author John White
Agriculturehttp://fmnrhub.com.au/bushfire-management-and-honey-production-in-senegal/#.WHJ3ilzV4s4Food Security and Environmental Management in SenegalArticle on Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration
Agriculturehttp://fmnrhub.com.au/fmnr-champion-norbert-akolbila/#.WHJ4U1zV4s4FMNR Champion: Norbert AkolbilaArticle on Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration
Historyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/WEDNESDAY-JANUARY-6-1999.pdfWEDNESDAY-JANUARY-6-1999Personal Account by Zainab Hawa Bangura
Historyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/DeCorse-1989-Material-Aspects-of-Ethnicity.pdfMaterial Aspects of Ethnicity. C R DeCorse. 1989Archeological Research in NE Sierra Leone
Historyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/DeCorse-2012-Fortified-Towns-of-the-Koinadugu-Plateau.pdfFortified Towns in the Koinadugu Plateau. C R DeCorse. 2012Sociopolitical Formation
Historyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/DeCorse-2014-Bunce-Island-Nyame-Akuma.pdfBunce Island. C R DeCorse. 2014Archeological Fieldwork at Bunce Island
Historyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/DeCorse-2015-Sierra-Leone-in-the-Atlantic-World.pdfSierra Leone in the Atlantic World. C R DeCorse. 2015Concepts, Contours and Change
Historyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/DeCorse-2016-Tools-of-Empire.pdfTools of Empire. C R DeCorse. 2016Trade, Slaves and the British Forts of West Africa
Varioushttp://archives.lse.ac.uk/Record.aspx?src=CalmView.Places&id=D1737LSE Library Services - Sierra LeoneCatalogue of SL documents held in the Library of LSE, University of London.
Varioushttps://library.soas.ac.uk/Search/Results?lookfor=sierra+Leone&type=AllFieldsSOAS Library Search - Sierra LeoneCatalogue of SL documents held in the Library of SOAS, University of London.
Culture & Healthhttp://www.c-r.org/where-we-work/west-africa/responding-ebola-driven-conflictResponding to Ebola-driven conflictImpact of Ebola on stability and security
Culture & Healthhttps://www.ajol.info/index.php/sljbrSierra Leone Journal of Bio-Medical ResearchPapers in all fields of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences
Agriculturehttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Makeni-FMNR.pdfFarmer Managed Natural RegenerationList of youtube videos
Culturehttps://www.amazon.com/Music-Mende-Sierra-Various-artists/dp/B000RKGRQEMusic of the Mende of Sierra LeoneAlbum of Mende music
Culturehttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/CSLS-SL-Culture.pdfCSLS – Culture – videosSummary of video links
Historyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/CSLS-History.pdfCSLS – History of Sierra LeoneA glimpse of all the digital resources that have been produced and relate to Sierra Leone
Social Mediahttps://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=bbc%20africaBBC Africa Facebook PageFacebook - Social Media Website
Contemporary Videoshttp://www.msn.com/en-us/video/news/preserving-sierra-leones-historical-houses/vi-AAlAxrXPreserving Sierra Leone's Historical HousesVideo describing project to preserve "Creo Culture" board houses in Freetown
Contemporary Videoshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2pEIaXJbak&t=73sInterview with Gary Schulze - By Rev. Wilfred Kabs-Kanu Gary reflects on his days as a peace corps in Sierra Leone
Contemporary Videoshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEwsbI1Zj5wAround Freetown'Personal' account
Contemporary Videoshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQKzexrnMAMSierra Leone Tour 2016'Personal' account
Contemporary Videoshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdB4cCbt8HwKissy Burmeh dump in Freetown, Sierra 'Personal' account
Contemporary Videoshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TmsmBWP0xUFreetown'Personal' account
Contemporary Videoshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-S0uPiKr6UExploring a Day in a Life in Sierra Leone'Personal' account
Forestationhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Centre-of-Sierra-Leone-Studies-Forestation.pdfCentre of Sierra Leone Studies – ForestationSummary of Forestation reference material
Economyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Centre-of-Sierra-Leone-Studies-The-Economy-Part-1.pdfSierra Leone Economy - part 1Summary of Economy reference material
Economyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Centre-of-Sierra-Leone-Studies-Economy-Part-2.pdfSierra Leone Economy - part 2Summary of Economy reference material - continuation
Developmenthttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Centre-of-Sierra-Leone-Studies-Development.pdfCentre of Sierra Leone Studies – DevelopmentSummary of Development references
Biologyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Centre-of-Sierra-Leone-Studies-Biology.pdfCentre of Sierra Leone Studies – BiologySummary of Biology references
Culture & Healthhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Alice-Johnson-MPHID-dissertation-2016.pdfSupporting Ebola Virus Disease Survivors for Better Health and Well-Being: an Investigation into the Role of the Sierra Leone Association of EVD Survivors in Bombali District.Dissertation presented by Alice Johnson for the degree of Master in International Development and Public Health 2016
Culture & Healthhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Yoon-Cho-MPHID-dissertation-2016.pdfExperiences of Ebola survivors on healthcare access in Bombali District, Sierra LeoneDissertation presented by Yoon Young Cho for the degree of Master in International Development and Public Health 2016
Bankinghttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/UNIMAK-Banking.pdfBanking in Sierra LeoneA History of Money and Banking in Sierra Leone
Culture & HistorySierra-Leone-Music-Freetown-1960s.pdfSierra Leone Music - Freetown 1960'sExamples available on YouTube
LanguagesSaLonLgs-1.pdfTitles From The Hancock Africana CollectionA Catalogue Of Languages Spoken In And Near Sierra Leone
AnthropologyAnthropology 1.pdfThe Temne ReunionA Long-Separated Family Comes Back Together After 250 Years
AnthropologyAnthropology 2.pdfYouTube - Sierra LeoneItems on YouTube illustrating Mende culture
AnthropologyAnthropology 3.pdfGeneral Anthology - Part 1General Anthology - Part 1
AnthropologyAnthropology 4.pdfGeneral Anthology - Part 2General Anthology - Part 2
ArtArt 1.pdfArt in Sierra LeoneBrief summary of references to Art in Sierra Leone
Agriculturehttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/CSLS-Agriculture.pdfGeneral AnthologyAgriculture
Archaeologyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/CSLS-Archaeology.pdfGeneral AnthologyArchaeology
Architecturehttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/CSLS-Architecture.pdfGeneral AnthologyArchitecture
Civil War 1991-2002Civil War 1.pdfSuccessful intervention?Critical reflections on the legacy of British military intervention in Sierra Leone
Civil War 1991-2002https://vimeo.com/184997323Journey from War to PeaceAn account of the hard work of transitioning from war to peace, by Terry Leary
Civil War 1991-2002http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/AJPSIR/article-full-text-pdf/B9FE42563809An examination of the Sierra Leone warAn historical analysis of Sierra Leone’s state structure in the 20th and 21st centuries - Clotilde Asangna
Civil War 1991-2002http://center.theparentscircle.org/Content.aspx?ID=70Synergistic Relationship: The Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Special Court for Sierra Leone " The real lesson of the Sierra Leone experiment is that truth commissions and courts can work productively together, even if they only work in parallel" - William A. Schabas
Civil War 1991-2002http://emiguel.econ.berkeley.edu/assets/miguel_research/24/_Paper__War_and_Local_Collective_Action.pdfWar and local collective action in Sierra LeoneAn analysis of a nationally representative dataset from postwar Sierra Leone. - John Bellows & Edward Miguel
Civil War 1991-2002http://globalmedia.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/10Media and conflict in Sierra Leone: national and international perspectives of the civil warNational and international perspectives of the media coverage of the civil war - Valentina Bau
Civil War 1991-2002https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/jcs/article/view/4270/4844The Civil Wars of Liberia and Sierra LeoneReview Essays by Stephen Ellis and Lieutenant Colonel Festus B Aboagye
VariousSierra-Leone-Annual-Reviews-UK-1964-1981Sierra Leone Annual Reviews-UK 1964-1981Items stored in UK National Archive, Kew. They are not digitised but copies can be ordered.
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-1918-1928.pdfSierra Leone Studies 1918-1928Index of articles in these journals, which are available in The British Library, London
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-01-December-1953.pdfNo.1 Dec 1953Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-02-June-1954.pdfNo.2 Jun 1954Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-04-June-1955.pdfNo.4 Jun 1955Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-05-December-1955.pdfNo.5 Dec 1955Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-06-June-1956.pdfNo.6 Jun 1956Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-07-December-1956.pdfNo.7 Dec 1956Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-08-June-1957.pdfNo.8 Jun 1957Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-09-December-1957-1.pdfNo.9 Dec 1957Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-10-June-1958.pdfNo.10 Jun 1958Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-11-December-1958.pdfNo.11 Dec 1958Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
Varioushttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Sierra-Leone-Studies-no.-12-December-1959-no.-12-Part-I.pdfNo.12 Dec 1959 Part 1Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
Varioushttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Sierra-Leone-Studies-no.-12-December-1959-no.-12-Part-II.pdfNo.12 Dec 1959 Part 2Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-13-June-1958.pdfNo.13 Jun 1960Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-14-December-1960.pdfNo.14 Dec 1960Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-15-December-1961.pdfNo.15 Dec 1961Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-16-June-1962.pdfNo.16 Jun 1962Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-17-June-1963.pdfNo.17 Jun 1963Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-18-January-1966.pdfNo.18 Jan 1966Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-19-July-1966.pdfNo.19. Jul 1966Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-20-January-1967.pdfNo.20 Jan 1967Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-21-January-1967.pdfNo.21 Jul 1967Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-23-July-1968.pdfNo. 23 Jul 1968Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-24-January-1969-2.pdfNo.24 Jan 1969Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-25-July-1969.pdfNo.25 Jul 1969Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
VariousSierra-Leone-Studies-no.-26-January-1970.pdfNo.26 Jan 1970Journal of the Sierra Leone Society
Languagesthe journal of sierra leone studies - March 2016Origin and Application of the Word KrioArticle in March 2016 edition of The Journal of Sierra Leone Studies
Culture & Historyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sherbrosherbroso00wilb_bw.pdfSherbro and the Sherbros : or, A native African's account of his country and peopleBy Rev Daniel F Wilberforce, 1886
Culture & HistoryThe Sierra Leone WebThe Sierra Leone WebAn internet website with many resources reflecting life in Sierra Leone today, and in history.
Culture & Historyhttps://soundcloud.com/pittriversound-1/1914-80-399Sierra Leone SongsMende Poro song recorded in Kenema on 26th January, 1915 by Northcote Thomas - a British Anthropologist.
Culture & Historyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh0H84ZNWEYSierra Leone SongsEbenezer Calendar recorded this "Farewell Song" for Gary Schulze when he completed his Peace Corps tour in 1963.
Culture & Historyhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Freeborn+to+Freetown+%26+BackFrom Freeborn to Freetown and BackPatrick O'Leary reflects on his 1967 Peace Corps experience and subsequent visit in 2004.
Culture & Historyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Amistad-Notes.pdfBlack History Month II - Amistad - NotesNotes on the Spanish slave ship Amistad
Culture & Historyhttp://unimak.edu.sl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Amistad-Faces.pdfBlack History Month II - Amistad faces revealedNotes on the Spanish slave ship Amistad, including drawings

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