CfP: ‘Comparing the Copperbelt: Social history and knowledge production in Central Africa’, deadline 17 July 2020 (Conference - 11-13 Feb 2021, Oxford, UK)

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The project aims to examine the Copperbelt (in both Zambia and the DR
Congo) as a single region divided by a (post-)colonial border, across
which flowed minerals, people and ideas. It analyses how academic
knowledge production (e.g. by the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute and
CEPSI) shaped understanding of Copperbelt societies and it seeks ways to
explore Copperbelt political culture and popular perceptions from a
historical perspective.

This final project conference, held in conjunction with Oxford’s
African Studies Centre and Centre for Global History, represents the
culmination of the project’s research and builds on workshops held in
Kitwe in July 2018 and in Lubumbashi in July 2019. It will discuss the
region’s shared histories and share ideas on social, environmental and
cultural history. Research papers from a variety of disciplinary
backgrounds (history, anthropology, economics, etc.), approaches and
regional focuses are encouraged. Papers that compare the Zambian and
Katangese regions are particularly welcome.

Paper titles and abstracts of 150-250 words in either English or French
should be sent to the organisers at by 17
July 2020.

Thanks and best wishes,


Claire Phillips

Centre and Project Administrator, Oxford Centre for Global History

‘Global History of Capitalism’ and ‘Comparing the Copperbelt’
ERC Project

History Faculty, University of Oxford

George St, Oxford OX1 2RL

Tel: +44 (0)1865 615027

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