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    The Politics and History of the Armed Struggle Conference

    Venue: University of the Witwatersrand

     February 12 2016

    Call for submissions:
    The Politics and History of the Armed Struggle
    in Southern Africa
    23-26 November 2016,
    University of the Witwatersrand
    Johannesburg
    The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA); the Wits History Workshop, the Liliesleaf Trust, and South African History Online (SAHO) – on behalf of a larger consortium working in this field – are organising a conference on the history and politics of the armed struggle in southern Africa in November 2016. The conference seeks to include all armed resistance movements in South Africa and the region. One of its key aims is to provide a space for telling stories about the armed struggle from the perspective of its protagonists. Given that the armies of the exiled or banned liberation movements found shelter and support in African countries, it would be important to reflect on the impact of that solidarity on the host countries and their citizens. Comparative perspectives with armed struggles in other parts of the continent and beyond are also welcome as, in some instances, southern African liberation armies found themselves embroiled in various conflicts and civil wars in foreign lands. In addition to the academic focus, the conference will include a popular component consisting of public discussions, book launches, film screenings, storytelling, poetry readings, and other cultural and artistic expressions of struggle narratives – providing a focal point for the encouragement of a new body of creative work on the liberation struggle in general and the armed struggle in particular.
    For more information download PDF: Politics of the Armed Struggle Conference CfP.pdfPolitics of the Armed Struggle Conference CfP.pdf
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