Monday, January 13, 2014

Call for Abstracts: New Frontiers in African Economic History Workshop

The 9th New Frontiers in African Economic History Workshop will take place on October 24-25, 2014, at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The theme for the meeting will be "African Economic Development over the Long Run." The organizers explain:
Recent efforts to link current development outcomes with historical events such as colonialism and the slave trade have been criticized for ignoring the dynamics of long periods of Africa’s past. In response to this criticism, a growing body of research has endeavored to track African economic performance over time using measures such as historical national accounts and real wages. At the same time, work focusing on the development of African institutions has studied instances of continuity and change at critical periods of transition, including the beginning and end of the colonial period. 
Papers are invited that address the question of African economic performance in the long run, either through new methods of measurement or new contributions to the understanding of individual periods of African history. The workshop aims to bring together Ph.D. students, early career researchers, and established scholars in African economic history to present work in progress in a supportive environment.
     The deadline for abstract submissions is February 28, 2014. Abstracts should be submitted to Leigh Gardner (, London School of Economics and Political Science.
     Those interested in this meeting might also wish to consult the website of the African Economic History Network for additional resources on the topic.