Agency in Southern African Liberation Struggles: biographical perspectives
The aim of this stream is to interrogate the role of individual agency in Southern African liberation struggles. In recent literature on those struggles there has been a tendency to discount the role of individuals and to emphasise instead such broad categories as armed struggle and mass mobilisation. Yet the scale, scope and variety of individual contributions by different social actors, ranging from little-known people to leading “personalities”, was often a crucial element in a process of enormous complexity and contingency. We are looking for papers, based on new research, that analyse the role of individuals, or groups of individuals, in one or more of the Southern African liberation struggles. These papers will be organised in one/two sessions that will together, we hope, produce a set of new perspectives, which we hope to include in a book of collected papers.
This panel is open to the submission of proposals.
Organiser: Helder Adegar Fonseca (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Image credit: President Agostinho Neto in Banga Guerrilla Camp (Congo Brazza), near Cabinda border, February 7, 1965 [Source: Lúcio Lara [Tchiweka], Imagens de um Percurso. 80 Anos até à con-quista da Independência, Luanda, ATD, 2009, p. 79]