Osumaka Likaka

Osumaka Likaka

Associate Professor

313-577-2525

313-577-6987 (fax)

ad5221@wayne.edu

3151 Faculty/Administration Building 

Osumaka Likaka

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  •  African History

  •  Labor History

Research

Dr. Likaka's research interests include the politics of memory, ideologies, mindsets, and historical consciousness, which reveal an understanding of large processes that affected Africans’ everyday lives.

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • Ph.D., History, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, 1991
  • M.A., History, University of Lubumbashi, Faculté des Lettres, 1981
  • B.A., History, University of Lubumbashi, Faculté des Lettres, 1979

Selected Publications

Books

  • Naming Colonialism: History and Collective Memory in the Congo, 1870-1960 . Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009.
  • Rural Society and Cotton in Colonial Zaire. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1997.

Articles, Chapters, and Review Essays

  • “Colonial Response to Population Depletion in Early Congo, ca. 1890-1936,” Anthropos 101 (2006), 1-10.
  • “Colonisation et conscience d’identité: L'administration belge et l'identité Mbole, 1910-1960,” Revue Française d'Historie d'Outre-Mer 85 (1998) 321: 27-41.
  • “Colonialisme et Clichés Sociaux au Congo Belge,” Africa (Rome) 52 (1997) 1: 1-27.
  • “The Mbole Conseil des Chefs et Notables and the Politics of Negotiations, 1910-1960,” Anthropos 92 (1997): 471-483.
  • "Forced Cotton Cultivation and Social Control in the Belgian Congo," in Allen Isaacman and Richard Roberts eds., Cotton, Colonialism, and Social History in Sub-Sahara Africa (Portsmouth: Heinemann, 1995).
  • “Rural Protest: The Mbole Against the Belgian Rule, 1894-1959,” International Journal of African Historical Studies 27 (1994) 3: 589-617.

Currently Teaching

  • HIS 1610, African Civilizations Since 1800 (4 cr.) 

  • HIS 3330/6000, Civilizations of the Nile Valley: Egypt and Nubia (4 cr.)