Elizabeth MacGonagle

Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies
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Dr. MacGonagle's research focuses on processes of identity formation in African and Diasporan settings. She is also engaged in analyzing intersections between history and memory across the African continent. She is examining several sites of memory steeped in history that UNESCO recognizes as World Heritage Sites for their outstanding cultural importance to humanity. They include: Ghana's coastal slave forts from the era of the transatlantic slave trade; Robben Island prison where Nelson Mandela was jailed under South Africa's apartheid regime; the stone ruins of Great Zimbabwe built by a trading empire during the Middle Ages; and the city and slave market on Mozambique Island that served as Portugal's trading post on the sea route to India.

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