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Conferences

Conferences

For many years ROAPE has held conferences, organised symposiums and activist workshops. The journal also funds bursaries and makes contributions towards conferences and other outreach events. This page also details ROAPE Online’s major intellectual outreach work, providing information on important and upcoming conferences and workshops in our monthly Conference List.

Conference List

A list of relevant conferences and activist events is updated monthly by a member of ROAPE’s Editorial Working Group. If you have an event or conference that you would like to appear in the list please contact: roape@outlook.com.

VIEW OUR CONFERENCE LIST

Reports

Regular, short reports will focus on reviewing the major themes and arguments in recent conferences and events that our members have attended. Please submit your reports of between 800 and 1,200 words to roape@outlook.com.

  • David Simon has put together this compilation of reports from the JSAS and RoAPE First Biennial Conference, Southern Africa Beyond the West, held in Livingstone in August 2015. We have also included a number of videos of sessions, keynote addresses and interviews with participants....

  • In October scholars and archivists on Africa came together in Lusaka, Zambia, for a workshop on the theme of “Endangered and Post-Colonial Archives in Eastern and Southern Africa.” Co-organised by the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR) and the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA), and part-funded by the Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE) the workshop explored the challenges and realities of preserving “endangered” material in Eastern and Southern Africa, and to plan and discuss practical steps that could be taken now and for the future to preserve and promote endangered historical material in the region....

  • In his report on the historic two-day conference for socialism that took place in South Africa on 16 and 17 April, 2015, Ashley Fataar reports that 150 delegates from ten socialist organisations, two anti-capitalist organisations and eight trade unions attended from across the country....

  • Reviewing an important recent workshop on ‘Moral Economies, Economic Moralities’, Jörg Wiegratz argues that the contemporary state of the world, and the decades-long inattention of critical social science to aspects of morality in capitalism, call for a significant increase in scholarly work on the moral dimensions of global capitalism. ...

  • In this brief report Elisa Greco looks at the main themes of the Planetary Natures conference (Binghamton University, 9-11 July 2015) that looked at how capitalism depends on appropriations of cheap natures....

  • In February this year, during a protest against the lack of accommodation for poor students in Cape Town, South Africa, students and members of the #RhodesMustFall movement set alight paintings considered to be ‘colonial artwork’. In a conversation with the artist Faith Pienaar, anti-apartheid activist and judge Albie Sachs reflects on the meaning of art in troubled post-apartheid South Africa. ...

  • In this report on an important workshop held at Jimma University in Ethiopia, the authors look at the opportunities for the decolonization of knowledge. This detailed reflection holds important lessons and examples for readers of roape.net, who share a commitment to radical and critical scholarship of and from the continent and who are likewise immersed in decolonizing projects in their respective spaces and institutions. ...

  • Carin Runciman reports on a recent workshop that focused on protests in South Africa. Based on research conducted by the Research Chair in Social Change she shows that these protests are not just about service delivery, but amount to a rebellion of the poor. However, to what extent can these protests break from the politics of the ANC and form a progressive movement for social change?...

  • Peter Lawrence's report on the workshop, 'Employment, Structural Transformation and Equitable Economic Development in Africa' co-sponsored by ROAPE and Third World Network on 20-22 July, 2015, in Accra, Ghana....

  • At a ROAPE organised workshop at the ASAUK in September on 'African capitalist society' speakers reflected on the state of scholarship on capitalism in Africa and the dynamic and development of capitalism on the continent. Kate Meagher (LSE), Stefan Ouma (Frankfurt) and Jesse Ovadia (Windsor) were speakers, and Jörg Wiegratz (Leeds) and Peter Lawrence (Keele) chairs. ...