STREAM: Unearthing New Scholarship on the Central African Copperbelt

STREAM: Unearthing New Scholarship on the Central African Copperbelt

This stream invites panel and paper proposals from scholars working on the Central African Copperbelt. Interest in this region has revived markedly in recent years after a period of relative neglect, and this stream aims to bring together scholars from an array of disciplines to highlight and showcase the new work being done. We hope that gathering together scholars with focused regional expertise will facilitate an informed conversation on new research and breathe life into the Copperbelt Research Network initiated in December 2016.

The scope of this topic is narrow geographically but we intend that thematically it will be as broad as possible. Much previous research has focused on mining and labour, and while we welcome proposals on these topics, we would like to incorporate proposals on other aspects of everyday life, work, culture, language, environment, etc. on the Copperbelt, as well as reflections on research methodologies. We particularly welcome proposals building on the insight that the Congolese and Zambian Copperbelts, often studied separately in existing literatures, should be considered in the same frame of analysis.

If you have any queries or suggestions please contact Duncan Money ( and Emma Lochery ( For panel and paper submissions please follow the instructions on the website 

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