Researching Southern Africa: A Postgraduate Workshop



Monday 2 June 2014
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Room 243, Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

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This event is free. Registration is essential. Please contact Lizzie Hull (, Kai Easton ( and Rebekah Lee ( if you are interested in attending this event.

– 9.30      Registration and coffee/tea

9.30 - 11.00    SESSION 1. Political and Economic Transition and the State

  • Langton Miriyoga (RH)      
    Where do migrants belong?: Conceptualising long distance nationalism of Zimbabwean migrants in South Africa 
  • Katie Reid (Sussex)          
    ‘Part of the rigmarole of handing on the secret’ (Ivan Vladislavić): Writing ‘Dead Letters' and post-apartheid South Africa
  • Seamus Murphy (SOAS) 
    Agrarian change in southern Malawi: Transformation of the Lake Chilwa Commons
  • Ayala Prager (UCL)          
    ‘In transit with the ghosts’: Violent memory and vicarious mourning in literary depictions of post-apartheid South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Discussant: Professor David Simon (RH)

Coffee/Tea Break

11.15 – 12.30  SESSION 2. Creativity, Production and Reproduction

  • Roger Blanton (QM)         
    Representations of masculinity and the nation in the South African novel
  • Pamela Zigomo (Gold)       
    Designing events to effect social change: Issues to be considered in promoting the economic empowerment of creative practitioners in Zimbabwe
  • Alexandra Effe (QM)        
    Ethics of (co-)authorship in J.M. Coetzee’s Summertime: Constructing identity in dialogue
  • Discussant: Dr Kai Easton (SOAS)

12.30 - 1.30     LUNCH

1.30 - 2.15       SPECIAL PANEL on Junior Scholars and First-time Journal Publishing
Professor David Simon (RH and current Chair of the Journal of Southern African Studies) and Dr Hilary Sapire (Bbk and former Editor of the Journal of Southern African Studies)

2.15 - 3.30       SESSION 3. Land and dispossession

  • Jessica Chu (SOAS)      
    ‘We have the land, they have the money’: Smallholder farmers and ‘land grabs’ in a Zambian case study
  • Lara Atkin (QM)
    ‘As children in his hands’: The San ‘Bushman’ child in children’s literature, 1830-1845’
  • Helene Perez-Nino (SOAS)
    From estate workers to contract farmers: The making of a labour force in the Mozambique-Malawi borderland 
  • Discussant: Dr Debby Potts (KCL)

Coffee/Tea Break

3.45 - 5.15       SESSION 4. Migration, exile and internationalism

  • Rodney Reznek (QM)      
    Cosmpolitanism in the 1930s discourse on German Jewish immigration into South Africa
  • Emma Lundin (Bbk)           
    ’Now is the time!’ The importance of international spaces for women’s activism within the ANC, 1960-1976                      
  • Andrea Thorpe (QM)        
    ’Hai! London is a great place’: Freedom and disillusionment in Todd Matshikiza’s writings on London
  • Lennon Mhishi (SOAS)  
    Consuming (in) exile: Young Zimbabweans negotiating agency and identity in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Discussant: Professor Deborah James (LSE)