Department of History hosts prestigious international workshop

International Workshop: ‘Mobile Soldiers and the Un-national Liberation of Southern Africa’ held at the University of Sheffield on 22 and 23 March 2013

The Department of History hosted a prestigious international workshop, generously funded by the University of Florida and the Journal of Southern African Studies. The workshop was jointly organised by Professor Luise White, one of the world’s leading historians of Africa, and Dr Miles Larmer of Sheffield’s Department of History.

The workshop participants, from the US, South Africa, Namibia and the UK, explored the complex interactions of African governments, liberation movements (such as the South African ANC) and ‘foreign’ armed forces (such as those of Cuba) in shaping the future of southern Africa between the 1960s and 1980s, in the context of the Cold War. The workshop was kept intentionally small (only 12 participants) to enable the greatest possible interaction on the ‘work-in-progress’ papers submitted by each speaker.

Despite the snow which covered Sheffield for the duration of the workshop, the participants enjoyed their visit and the workshop was a great success. It is hoped that some of the papers from the workshop will be published in late 2014 by the Journal of Southern African Studies.

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