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Read the May 2018 Newsletter

Dear African Economic History Network Members,

Please find the May 2018 edition of the African Economic History Newsletter attached here:
AEHN Newsletter #36 (PDF).

Please also note that we now have a Twitter account, so that those of you that use twitter can follow us on http://twitter.com/AfEconHis. If you want to spread relevant African Economic History news immediately you should mention us in your tweet @AfEconHis.

Please get in touch with articles, opportunities and events you want included in the July 2018 edition.

Read the January 2017 Newsletter

Please find the January 2017 edition of the African Economic History Newsletter attached here:
AEHN Newsletter #29 (PDF).

Please get in touch with articles, opportunities and events you want included in the January 2017 edition.

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Read the September Newsletter

Dear African Economic History Network Members,

Please find the September 2015 edition of the African Economic History Newsletter attached here:
AEHN Newsletter #21 (PDF).

I also attach the full copies of the latest issues of the journal called African Economic History – issue 40, 41 and 42 from 2012, 2013 and 2014. This journal is now up to date and is open for submissions. More information in the newsletter.

Please note that we now have a Twitter account, so that those of you that use Twitter can follow us on http://twitter.com/AfEconHis

If you want to spread relevant African Economic History news immediately you should mention us in your tweet @AfEconHis

Please get in touch with articles, opportunities and events you want included in the November 2015 edition.

Read the July Newsletter

Please find the July 2015 edition of the African Economic History Newsletter attached here:
AEHN Newsletter #20 (PDF).

Please get in touch with articles, opportunities and events you want included in the September 2015 edition.

AEHN Twitter Feed

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Deadline for Call for Papers

The deadline for call for papers for the African Economic History Workshop 2015 is running out in a few hours. The deadline for paper proposals is 30 April 2015 ([email protected]).

Read the May Newsletter

Please find the May 2015 edition of the African Economic History Newsletter attached here:
AEHN Newsletter #19 (PDF).

Please get in touch with articles, opportunities and events you want included in the July 2015 edition.

AEHN Twitter Feed

Please note that we now have a Twitter account, so that those of you that use Twitter can follow us on http://twitter.com/AfEconHis

If you want to spread relevant African Economic History news immediately you should mention us in your tweet @AfEconHis

ERSA Research Workshop: The fiscal history of sub-Saharan Africa

Workshop date: Monday, May 25, 2015 to Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Workshop location: Stellenbosch, Cape Town

The public finances of African governments in the colonial and post-independence periods have been the subject of substantial new research in recent years. Within the broader field of African economic history, the fiscal history of the continent has yielded insights into the capacity and aims of state institutions over time, as well as the economic legacies of colonial rule. And yet considerable gaps remain in our understanding of taxation and public spending in African countries. The focus of recent work has been primarily on East and West Africa, and until recently almost exclusively on British colonies. It has also been limited to the finances of governments at the ‘national’ level, with little attention paid to local governments, and on taxes paid in cash and forced labour. This workshop will provide a venue to present ongoing research on the fiscal history of sub-Saharan Africa, focusing particularly on work which addresses these gaps. The aim will be to highlight the contributions of new findings to the field as a whole as well as to provide a forum for the discussion of common questions and difficulties.

Number of participants: The number of participants will be limited to 20 delegates.

Funding: Travel expenses in South Africa will be covered and accommodation for the duration of the workshop will be provided by ERSA.

January 2015 Newsletter and AEHN Twitter account

Please find the January 2015 edition of the African Economic History Newsletter linked below.

AEHN Newsletter #17

Please also note that we now have a Twitter account, so that those of you that use Twitter can follow us on http://twitter.com/AfEconHis – the bi-monthly newsletter will continue, but if you want to spread relevant African Economic History news more frequently you should contact us there.

Training workshop in Economic History

Because of an increasing awareness in South Africa that “the past is never dead; it is not even past”, economic history is gaining popularity across the country. Yet there are still very few graduate courses in either Economics or History departments dedicated to the study of economic history. For this reason, ERSA is organising a training workshop for graduate students at the end of the November exams. We have space for about 15 students. The idea is to recruit students in economics and history (although other fields are welcome too) that have an interest in economic history and are considering graduate dissertations on the topic. More info is available here: Training workshop for Graduate Students: South African Economic History. The training workshop is free and we will cover flights to and accommodation in Grahamstown for all successful applicants.

Please circulate this as widely as possible in your departments and broader environments. If you have any further questions, please send an email to [email protected]

Annual Epstein Lecture

This years Annual Epstein Lecture is delivered by one of the African Economic History Networks founding members, Ewout Frankema, at the LSE on March 6, 2014.

Call for Abstracts

The 9th ‘New Frontiers in African Economic History’ Workshop

African Economic Development over the Long Run

24-25 October, 2014
London School of Economics and Political Science

Details: Workshop announcement (PDF)

New population database for Africa 1850-1960

A new revised population database for Africa 1850-1960 is now available at http://www.aehnetwork.org/data-research/.

The database have been constructed by Ewout Frankema and Morten Jerven and contain revisions of the African Population Estimates, 1850-1960 produced by Patric Manning.

Users of the data base should refer to the Frankema-Jerven Population Database.

For direct access to the database, click here: FRANKEMA-JERVEN-African-Population-Database-1850-1960-version-1.0-1

Source: Frankema, E. and Jerven, M. (2014). ‘Writing History Backwards and Sideways: Towards a Consensus on African Population, 1850-present‘ Economic History Review 67, S1, (forthcoming)