Morgan J. Robinson is an assistant professor of history at Mississippi State University and a 2021–2022 recipient of a postdoctoral Humboldt Research Fellowship at the Institute for Asian and African Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her research and publishing interests include East Africa, language, standardization, time, creativity, and learning.
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Based on extensive archival research, this intellectual history of Standard Swahili—a dialect of the Swahili language written in the Latin alphabet—argues that attention to the intertwined processes of codification from 1864 to 1964 lends new perspectives on history, colonialism, time, and cultural representation in East Africa and beyond.