Programme

8:30 to 9:00 – Coffee

9:00 to 9:30 – Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:35 to 11:25 – Panel 1: Vernacular Intellectual Histories from Below.

Henry Mitchell (Edinburgh): ‘Intellectuals do not matter, they are traitors like Judas’: Race, labour and radical black autodidacts in interwar Southern Africa.

Nicki Kindersley (Cambridge): Cieng, Kafka, and Malcolm X: southern Sudanese intellectual community on Khartoum’s fringes, 1992-2005.

Sara Marzagora (SOAS): Ethiopian visions of the “global”: worldmaking in Amharic political thought (1901-1919).

Stephanie Lämmert (Max Planck): Intellectual Histories ‘from below’: languages of litigation in Tanganyika’s colonial courts, c.1920-61.

11:30 to 13:20 – Panel 2: African Literature, Popular Culture and the Production of Knowledge.

Thandeka Cochrane (Cambridge): Oral Literature as intellectual History: a case study from the Tonga speakers of northern Malawi.

Larissa Schulte Nordholt (Leiden University): ‘Recognising a Past of Great Value. Overarching Ideals in African nationalist historiography evident in the General History of Africa (1964-1975)’.

Kate Wallis (Exeter): Brokering popular memory: Kwani Trust, Chimurenga and the location of knowledge production.

Brenda Garvey (Chester): Felwine Sarr’s ‘Ateliers de la pensée’ and new directions towards an Afrotopia.

13:20 to 14:20 – Lunch

14:25 to 16:15 – Panel 3: West African Intellectual Histories

Oliver Coates (Cambridge): Soldier intellectuals in Anglophone West Africa, c.1940 -1950.

Jeremy Dell (Dartmouth): The great beyond: Islamic histories in Greater Senegambia.

Steffi Marung (Leipzig): From Moscow with love: African narratives of socialist modernity.

Robert Burroughs (Leeds Beckett): African contributions to nineteenth-century humanitarian debate: the Congo reform campaign.

16:20 to 18:10 – Panel 4: Global Africa, Diaspora and Exile.

Arun Rasiah (Holy Names University): ‘Global Black Thinking’: Malcolm X, History and Epistemic Decolonization.

Merve Fejzula (Cambridge): When Negritude Was in Vogue: Black Cultural Citizenship between 1956-66.

Harriet Aldrich (Oxford): ‘A Man’s Head is Not a Pawpaw Fruit’: Ghanaian Exile Resistance 1957-1993.

Lena Dallywater (Leibniz Geography Institute, Leipzig): ‘But we cannot start from being human…’ – Locating Black and African aesthetics in global intellectual histories.

18:10 to 18:30 – Refreshments

18:30 to 18:40 – Introducing the Keynote Speaker

18:40 to 20:10 – Keynote Speech and Discussion

Dr Emma Hunter (Senior Lecturer in African History, University of Edinburgh/Quentin Skinner Fellow, University of Cambridge):

Writing ‘Vernacular’ Histories of Political Thought in Africa.

20:30 – Speakers’ Dinner