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Southern Africa beyond the West

September 26, 2014

      Political, Economic & Cultural Relationships with the BRICS Countries & the Global South        

5-11 August 2015, Livingstone, Zambia

 The primary aim of the workshop will be to support emerging scholars from the Southern African region to develop their writing skills and enable them to refine and prepare original papers that can be  considered  for  publication  in  international  peer-reviewed  journals  such  as  the  Journal  of Southern African Studies, Review of African Political Economy, and South African Geographical Journal.

The workshop brings together journal editors and African scholars to work in intensive sessions  designed  to  enable  scholars  in  the  humanities  and  social  sciences  to  enhance  their academic writing skills, further the intellectual interaction between editors and African researchers and give specific, in-depth and practical advice on preparing a paper for publication.   The workshop sessions will take place immediately before the conference and all participants will attend both events. Participation will be fully supported with free accommodation, meals and return transport for those selected. The aim of the conference is to consider Southern Africa’s place in a future world in which the influence of Western powers is in relative decline. To this end both the conference and workshop will focus on social, political and cultural aspects of the region’s relationships  with  other  regions,  including  the  Lusophone  world,  China,  India,  Russia  and their spheres of influence, as well as examples of South-South linkages, recognising at the outset that what are presented as new linkages have a long history. Therefore applicants whose research fits within the research themes outlined below are especially encouraged to apply.    

Eligibility, Applications and Financial Arrangements  

Applicants should be scholars who are carrying out new research at the beginning of their career or have an emerging and developing research profile. They must hold at least a masters or equivalent postgraduate qualification and can be at any career stage, but academics with an established reputation and experience of publishing in international English language journals will not be considered. Applicants must be resident in an African country.  

To apply please send an example of your writing which provides an outline of your research project, up to a maximum length of 2,000 words including references. This can be a standalone essay or an edited section of a Masters or PhD thesis. Make sure this piece is well written and demonstrates your potential. Also send a current CV including the following details:  

Full Name, Residential Address and Contact Details, Education Details (including expected completion date if undertaking a PhD), Work Experience, Institutional Affiliation, Date of Birth, Nationality and any other relevant information.

The deadline for application is 21 November 2014   Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.  

Additional information and documents beyond the CV and 2,000 word writing outline will not be considered in the application.  

Please email your application in MS word format to Dr Andrew Brooks, King’s College London:  

If successful you will be informed in early 2015 and required to submit an 8-10,000 word draft paper before 1 May 2015 which the editors can review in advance of the writing workshop. Attendance at the workshop and conference (5-11 August) including all meals and shared (twin room) accommodation will be covered as well as return economy transport costs (by luxury coach, rail or air) between your residency in southern Africa and Livingstone, Zambia. Only transport within the southern African region will be supported and not travel, from America, Asia, Europe etc. Further details will be provided to successful applicants.  


  We will be seeking papers on:  

1.  China’s changing role in Southern Africa, including historical support for liberation movements, economic development assistance and diplomacy, and China’s contemporary increased investment and activity. Accompanying this have been new forms of cultural and demographic circulation, especially in the southern DRC, Zambia and other Southern African countries where Chinese have settled as well as invested economically, and where Chinese medicine, food, architecture and work practices have now found a sometimes controversial place, as well as Malawi and Tanzania and other countries where thriving Chinese trading communities have developed;  

2.   The Indian Ocean World and Southern Africa, inclusive of Swahili and Arab influences, and Madagascar and India, including shifts in the way India interacted with Africa: first through ancient, long-distance trade routes, then as a source of migrant labour and business enterprises under British colonialism, then as a non-aligned nation, and now as a more contemporary India, which is ‘competing’ with China economically and in other spheres. Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique, among others, have been part of India’s cultural and economic  sphere  for  centuries,  exchanging  ideas,  texts  and  technologies,  as  well  as peoples and commodities;  

3.   Brazil’s relationships with Southern Africa, focusing on its increasing weight in the world economy, including its links with Portugal and the lusophone African countries, with a Portuguese-centred reconsideration of the Southern African region’s pre/colonial history of exploration, missionary activity, trade and colonisation, and decolonisation and war; as well  as  current  religious  movements  and  forms  of  cultural,  economic,  political  and demographic circulation across the lusophone world;

  4.   Russia, as the most debatable member of the BRICS, still represents a nation with a long history of interaction with Southern Africa, including support for liberation movements, as well as examples of technical cooperation and demographic circulation and networks still active today;  

5.  South Africa and other emerging southern African economies: Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana, in addition to regional organisations and corporate linkages, especially South Africa’s hegemony over construction and consumer goods in much of the region (think: the ubiquitous South African shopping mall), as well as long-standing white-settler labour issues common throughout the region and further forms of cultural, economic, political and demographic circulation and networks, not neglecting South Africa’s past history of overt/covert attacks on liberation movements in Namibia, Angola, Botswana and other Southern African countries, and today its leading role in constitutional reform, as well as literature and publishing.

  Please note the 2,000 word writing example should align with one of these themes. Applications on other topics will not be considered.   Co-sponsors: JSAS (Journal of Southern African Studies), Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR, Lusaka, Zambia), Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE), Queries to Andrew Brooks, King’s College London:


Deadline For Application: 24 November 2014 For more information and to RSVP please contact