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Social History from the Global South:
New Voices from Southern Africa

University of the Free State, South Africa

13th-15th February 2023



What is it?

Despite accounting for 13.5% of the global population, Sub-Saharan Africa produces less than 1% of global research output. This statistic becomes even more alarming considering a 2014 report by the African Humanities Program which detailed the ‘deprioritization’ of the humanities in Southern Africa by policymakers and officials.

Thanks to generous funding provided by the British Academy’s ‘Writing Workshop Scheme’, Social History from the Global South: New Voices from Southern Africa', practically responds to these issues. Organised by Dr Kate Law (University of Nottingham), Professor Ian Phimister (University of the Free State), and Dr Ivo Mhike (University of Zimbabwe) this intensive workshop will be held at the University of the Free State, South Africa between 13th-15th February 2023.


How will it work?

Successful applicants will receive full travel and accommodation bursaries to attend the workshop. Once in Bloemfontein, participants will be paired with a specialist from their field who will support them in submitting an article to a high-impact journal following the conclusion of the event.

It is our hope that these relationships will continue beyond the life of the workshop, thereby opening up new research networks for all involved.  

Applications are invited from PhD candidates and early career researchers (within eight years of PhD award) located in the Global South who work on the following aspects of Southern African history:

  • Women’s and gender histories;
  • Animal histories;
  • Histories of childhood and youth;
  • Histories of imperialism, empire, and colonialism;
  • Histories of labour, mining, and financial speculation;
  • Legal histories

Find out more and apply.



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