Seminar series: Oct/Dec 2018

Please find the schedule of our seminar series for this academic term. All seminars take place in the History Department of Durham University, 43 N Bailey, Durham DH1 3EX: 23 October (SR 1): Hannah Elliott (University of Copenhagen). ‘(Re)Making a frontier town: Anticipating property at the gateway to Kenya’s ‘new frontier’ 13 November (SR 1): Willow […]

Globalisation resisted? Magufuli’s Tanzania, the European Union, and writing history amid the ‘present crisis’

George Roberts Two weeks after the earthquake of 23 June, Brexit’s shockwaves appeared to have rippled out as far as East Africa. Since 2004, the member states of the East African Community had been negotiating an Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU, framed by Brussels as a mutually beneficial, tariff-abolishing arrangement between two regional integration […]

Electoral debts: party weakness and some enduring dynamics in Kenyan politics

Justin Willis and Gabrielle Lynch There is in the Kenya National Archives a file of correspondence to and from the office of Jomo Kenyatta, the president, concerning the Kenya African National Union (KANU). With material from late 1964 to 1966, the file makes curious reading. This was a party that had won the pre-independence elections, […]

Sudan Archive Visiting Library Fellowship

Applications are welcomed from doctoral students studying Sudan, South Sudan, or the wider East Africa region, whose research would be significantly supported by two months’ study of materials held in the Sudan Archive at Durham University. The Fellowship will commence in April 2018. The Sudan Archive was founded in 1957, the year after Sudanese independence, […]

New historiographical approaches to the reign of LÏjj Iyasu (1910-1916)

Sara Marzagora, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. The last year in Ethiopia has seen a resurgence of regional and political conflicts. Triggered in November 2015 by the government’s proposal of a new master plan for Addis Ababa, protests soon spread across the country. The demonstrators denounced youth unemployment, economic inequality, […]

Gone with the wind?

Zoe Cormack and Abdikadir Kurewa Based on their fieldwork (April-May 2016) at the site of Lake Turkana Wind Power, Zoe Cormack and Abdikadir Kurewa discuss the reasons for local tensions around the project – and why the past is important for understanding the social impact of infrastructure developments. The largest wind farm in Africa is […]