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