Viera Vilhanová

doc. PhDr. Viera Vilhanová, DrSc. (*1944)

Academic Information: 1966 – M.A., Charles University, Prague, African Studies and English; 1967-1968 postgraduate study at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, archival and field research; 1971 PhD, Charles University, Prague, dissertation Studies in the History of Buganda (in English); 1984 Candidate of Sciences, Slovak Academy of Sciences, dissertation Anti-Colonial Resistance and Protest in the Kingdoms of Buganda and Bunyoro, 1890-1899 (in English)

Research Interests and Priorities: African history (pre- and early colonial African history), genesis and development of African historiography, methodology and sources of African history, basic trends in African historical, social and intellectual thought; mission history, religions in Africa, African literatures both in African and European languages

Research Experience: Since 1966 research scholar at the Institute of Oriental and African Studies, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

Study and Research Outside (Czecho)Slovakia:Uganda, London, Potsdam, Vienna, Moscow, Rome Academic Visits: Eastern and Western Europe, East and South Africa

For political reasons she was not allowed to travel abroad to Western Europe and to Africa in 1971-1989

Other Activities: President of the Slovak Oriental Society, since 1993 lecturing at the Institute of International Relations, Faculty of Law, Comenius University, Bratislava (introduction to African history and culture)

Publications: One monograph in English, more than 55 studies in professional journals and books, mostly in English, edited one conference volume in English, an anthology of modern African short stories, book translations from Swahili (3 anthologies) and African Anglophone literatures, introductory essays to Slovak translations from African literatures, numerous review articles and book reviews (cca 100), some 250 essays and articles popularizing African history, literatures and culture.

Membership in Foreign Scholarly Associations: delegate of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in l Union Académique Internationale in Brussels, International Director of the Fontes Historiae Africanae Project of the UAI, member of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London