Annual Meeting of the AEHN

Annual Meeting of the AEHN: An Introduction

AEHW is an annual gathering devoted to the discussion of work in progress in the economic history of (mostly Sub-Saharan) Africa. Gareth Austin organized it at LSE in 2005-10, and at the Graduate Institute in Geneva in 2011 and 2012. Since then it has moved each year. Erik Green brought the 2013 workshop to Lund, Leigh Gardner brought it back to the LSE for 2014, and the 2015 meeting was hosted in Wageningen by Ewout Frankema. The 2016 meeting was organised by Alexander Moradi, Felix Meier zu Selhausen and Gerardo Serra at the University of Sussex in Brighton. The format in the first six years was 7-11 short papers, which everyone read in advance, discussed in half a day followed by dinner. Most participants were PhD students and postdocs. Prior reading and short presentations remain the ideal, though some compromises have been necessitated by the growth in the number of papers presented. Some of the original junior participants now have their own research students, and the recent meetings have been notable for the participation of more senior as well as (in absolute terms) more junior scholars, while the much larger overall number of papers now means that the workshop needs at least a day and a half. The 2012 meeting enjoyed supplementary funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation, enabling the participation of more scholars from Africa and North America, and leading to the production of a special issue of the Economic History Review on ‘The Resurgence of African Economic History’ (November 2014), the first special issue to be published by a ‘mainstream’ economic history journal. However, the spirit of the gathering remained and continues to be informal, an opportunity to present first drafts as well as revised versions.

Professor Gareth Austin, founder of the African Economic History Workshop



VII Annual Meeting of the African Economic History Network, will be held 25-27 October 2017 at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.



Summary of AEHW 2015