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CAS Annual Conference for 2018 Registration Open

Politics, Society and Christianity in Malawi and Beyond: A Memorial Conference for John McCracken and Jack Thompson

In 2017, two eminent historians whose work focused on Malawi passed away. To commemorate John and Jack we cordially invite you to attend the conference ‘Politics, Society and Christianity in Malawi and Beyond’ on 26 April 2018. The conference offers an opportunity to reflect on their tremendous contribution to African studies, studies of African Christianity and the historiography of Africa. Further, it provides a platform for younger generations of scholars who have been inspired by John’s and Jack’s work.

The conference invites you to explore key themes in the historical and social scientific study of Africa featuring prominently in John’s and Jack’s research such as the embeddedness of the academy in society both in Africa and the UK; Christianity and power; material and visual culture in Africa; and Malawi and Global History.

Please register for your ticket to the event here. 

The Conference image  was taken in Chifira, northern Malawi, where Kadalie was born and his grandfather Wandodo Chiweyo was chief. Kadalie left in 1915 on a journey that transformed the politics of Southern Africa. 

Today there are competing genealogies contesting who is the real Chiweyo. While taking the photo, the owner and rival claimant of the chieftaincy produced photocopies of Pachai's Malawi: The History of a Nation, and McCracken's Politics and Christianity in Malawi to verify claims.

Hosted by:

Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh

Centre for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh

Division of History and Politics, University of Stirling

Scotland-Malawi Partnership

Sponsored by:

British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi