The view from the window of my apartment in Amsterdam
It is amazing how a a change of place can rev up the creative juices. I am hunkering down in Amsterdam for the summer. I will be working in the archives of the International Institute for Social History for my project on communist mass women’s organizations and their relations with progressive women’s movements in Africa. I have been doing “salvage ethnographic” interviews in Bulgaria for 2 years, and now I am trying to track down the names of key women in Ghana, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia.
I have a lot of research to do. I have a lot of writing to do. This is a challenging project because it is so much more historical than any other book I have written. But I am so excited about this research. There are wonderful stories to be told. I revel in every moment that I will spend discovering them.