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CALL FOR ABSRACTS: FOURTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ZIMBABWE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION

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FOURTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ZIMBABWE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION

16-18 August 2018

 

Venue: University of Zimbabwe

THEME: HISTORIES OF TURNING POINTS AND TURNING POINTS IN HISTORY

Call for abstracts

A common adage in historical studies often taught to freshmen is that history is not just the study of the past but the study of the relevant past. More often than not, this then takes us into debates on what is relevant and to who and at this point everything becomes subjective. While acknowledging this neat pattern, it must be underscored that historical studies are far more complex. The adage cited above places greater agency at the historian as the maker of history as opposed to the historical processes and events upon which history is being constructed. History is also very much a product of the past events and processes, some phenomenal, some not. Indeed, the past does speak and shape how it is constructed and interpreted as part of historical phenomena; it is not “a faraway country”. To be sure, if these events and processes in the past are not producing turning points, they are in themselves turning points. In the economic, social, political and ideological spheres, critical processes have emerged and have also shaped historical processes. The wheels of history have been triggered, at some points propelled and at others redirected but have never stopped to turn. Events of cataclysmic levels and processes that at times even escape the ordinary eye because they are not as salient, have either been products of turning points or critical in turning history. It is around this very broad framing that the fourth conference of Zimbabwe Historical Association seeks to once again bring together stakeholders in historical studies to deliberate on various thematic issues that feed into the above conference concept.

 

PROPOSED THEMES

  • Turning points in research methods and theory in history
  • Turning points in socio-economic, military and political processes in history
  • Climate and environment in history
  • Ideological processes that turn history
  • Turning points in African history: The global and local

 

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts, of not more than 350 words, should be sent to the Conference Planning Committee to the emails below:

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Please remember to include contact information.  Papers will be delivered in English. It is envisaged that good papers will be published as part of a peer reviewed book project.

 

Submission deadline:  01 April 2018.

Conference Registration fees: $30 members, $60 non-members, $15 undergraduate students.

N/B Members are reminded to pay their annual subscriptions of 15 USD. The conference registration fees will only cover teas and lunch.

Organising Team: Suzan Ziki; Takesure Taringana; Runyararo Masocha and Ushehwedu Kufakurinani, Economic History Department, University of Zimbabwe

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