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Fifth Conference of the Association for African Studies in Italy (ASAI): Plural Africa – Politics, Knowledge and Social Dynamics in Time and Space

ASAI has issued a call for panels at the Fifth Conference of the Association for African Studies in Italy (ASAI) to be held in Bologna, 5-7 September 2018. The Fifth Conference of ASAI aims, first of all, to analyse the ‘Africas’, that is, the plurality of the phenomena that make up the wealth of diversity…

Upcoming Public Lectures at the Centre for Global Health Histories, University of York

The Centre for Global Health Histories at the University of York in the UK has shared the following details for two upcoming public lectures to be held on 22 January and 19 February 2018: From Face/Off to the Face Race: An Emotional History of the Face Transplant With Dr Fay Bound Alberti, on Monday 22 January 2018,…

Call for Participants: Comparative Histories of AIDS in Europe

As part of the Festival of AIDS Cultures and Histories taking place in London and Amsterdam next year, scholars working on histories of HIV/AIDS have announced a one day symposium to explore HIV and AIDS in a historical perspective in Europe. Please find below the call for participation from the organizers: We invite expressions of…

CFP: Entangled Others – Other Entanglements: Critical Perspectives on the Relationship of Racism and Antisemitism (Berlin, June 2019)

At least since the end of the Second World War – and Hannah Arendt’s suggestion in her 1951 Origins of Totalitarianism that the Holocaust was an outgrowth of attitudes developed in the context of European colonialism – historians and other scholars have been preoccupied with the links between antisemitism and related forms of othering and…

CFP: Globalization and Migration in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Paderborn, Germany – November 2018)

“Europe has, in the final analysis, a utilitarian relationship to globalization,” write the organizers, at Germany’s Paderborn University, of a conference on how the subject relates to migration. It is a perspective that, for them, emerges from observing European efforts to impose controls on incoming refugee and migrant populations. “Yet,” they continue, “the history of migration…

What We’re Reading This Week

MARTIN CREVIER Simon Han, “The Impossible Task of Remembering the Nanking Massacre”, The Atlantic. Daniel T. Willingham, “How to Get Your Mind to Read”, New York Times. Serge Gruzinski, “Tristes Tropiques,” [“Sad Tropics”] Libération. Faisal Devji, “C.A. Bayly (Obituary),” Past & Present. MEGHNA CHAUDHURI James Davison Hunter, “Liberal Democracy and the Unraveling of the Enlightenment…

Reintegrating Apartheid into Post-War Global History: An Interview with Jamie Miller

John Vorster meets with President Hastings Banda during his state visit to Malawi in 1970. Source: Jamie Miller, An African Volk: The Apartheid Regime and its Search for Survival (OUP, 2016).

In 1975, South African Prime Minister John Vorster met with Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda at Victoria Falls. The purpose of the meeting? To end white rule in Rhodesia.

This is not how we usually picture apartheid South Africa. But it sits at the heart of the story told by Jamie Miller in An African Volk: The Apartheid Regime and its Search for Survival (OUP, 2016). During an interview that lasted several hours, Miller spoke of the importance of taking self-conceptions of apartheid seriously, of historicizing decolonization in all its messy contradictions, and of the role of anticommunism in this history. He also elaborated on the process of writing the book: on his experiences interviewing former apartheid leaders and the ethics of entering the apartheid worldview.

Jamie Miller is a  Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. He holds a masters and doctorate from the University of Cambridge and has previously been a Fox Predoctoral International Fellow at Yale University, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Quinnipiac University, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University. An African Volk is his first book.

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CFP: Global Mountains (Cambridge, UK – July 2018)

Lauren Benton’s 2009 book, A Search for Sovereignty, introduced mountains as terrains of power often as uneven, relative to the polities that claimed them, as their angled peaks: contested spaces often beyond the fully encompassing reach of states and empires. A two-day conference at the University of Cambridge this summer now seeks to take the…

CFP: Legacy of Slavery and Indentured Labor (Paramaribo, Suriname – June 2018)

The Anton de Kom University of Suriname is offering scholars worldwide the opportunity to discuss legacies of forced migration and labor in a unique time and place. The university’s history department, Institute for Graduate Studies and Research, Social Science Research Institute, and the Surinamese National Archives have partnered with a host of the country’s other…

What We’re Reading This Week

SEAN PHILLIPS Rogers Brubaker, “The New Language of European Populism,” Foreign Affairs. Alexandra Förderl-Schmidt, “Ein Quadratkilometer Weltgeschichte” [“One Square Kilometer of World History”], Süddeutsche Zeitung Erik Linstrum, “The Empire Dreamt Back,” Aeon. Abhishek Mehrotra, “The Real History of Hindu-Muslim Relations Under Akbar,” The Diplomat. FATMA ALADAĞ Erik Moshe,  “What I’m Reading: An Interview with Historian Michael Goebel”, History News…