RHI-IHR Online Workshop "New Perspectives on African Economic History" Programme


Advancing the understanding industrialization processes

RHI-IHR Online Workshop


Wednesday, June 28th, 2023
(from 9:15 am to 1:00 pm)

Please, click here for registration and fill in the form by Monday, June 26th, at the latest
(Once registered, we will send out the Zoom link to participate in the workshop the day before it takes place)


The Revista de Historia Industrial-Industrial History Review (RHI-IHR) would like to invite you to the “New
perspectives on African Economic History” online workshop. The workshop is launched by the
Revista de Historia Industrial–Industrial History Review (@rhi_ihr) and is organized by Kate
Frederick, Dácil Juif and Felix Meier zu Selhausen. It will be held on June 28, 2023.

The aim of the workshop is to discuss current state of the art research in African economic history.
In particular, the workshop brings together original contributions covering a broad geographical scope
and including the topics of structural transformation, trade and investments, human capital
development, living standards and inequality, colonial extraction and investment.

See the programme in pdf here


9:15. Welcome and introduction

Session 1. 9:30 – 11:00

9:30 – 10:00
Tom Westland, Wageningen University: Spatial Inequality in Living Standards and purchasing power parity in colonial French Africa
Discussant: Yannick Dupraz, Aix-Marseille School of Economics (AMSE)

10:00 – 10:30
Leo Dolan, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid: Fixing a Flawed Diamond: What We Can Learn from a Portuguese Colonial Diamond Mine’s Late Evolution from Coercive Labour Policies to Far More Inclusive Practice?
Discussant: Samuël Cogue, Ghent University

10:30 – 11:00
Alma Alicia Bezares Calderón, Whittier College: Colonial Extraction, Infrastructure, and Economic Development
Discussant: Laura Maravall, Universidad de Alcalá

Break. 11:00 – 11:30

Session 2. 11:30 – 13:00

11:30 – 12:00
Chanda Chiseni, Lund University, and Jutta Bolt, Lund and Groningen University: Left Behind: Tracing the Roots of Educational development and Gender Inequality in Education in Northern Rhodesia 1924-1990
Discussant: Felix Meier zu Selhausen, Utrecht University

12:00 – 12:30
Donatella Strangio, Sapienza University of Rome: Italian Investments and Enterprises in Libya (1911-1970)
Discussant: Mattia Bertazzini, University of Oxford

12:30 – 13:00
Mark Melles, Lund University, Cristián Ducoing, Lund University and Public University of Navarre, and Erik Green, Lund University: Import substitution, Structural Adjustment, and international capital flows. What explains premature deindustrialization in Africa and Latin America?
Discussant: Dácil Juif, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

13:00. Farewell

Scientific Committee (Workshop Organizers and RHI-IHR Special Issue): Kate Frederick (Utrecht University), Dácil Juif(Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) and Felix Meier zu Selhausen (Utrecht University).

RHI-IHR Support Committee: Gabriele Cappelli (University of Siena), Alexandra López-Cermeño (Lund University & CUNEF), Ramon Ramon-Muñoz (University of Barcelona), and Raimon Soler-Becerro (University of Barcelona).