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Richard Reid (London): Mourning and Glory: Emotions and the Historical Imaginary in Africa and Europe

February 28, 2017, 5:30pm BST - 7:00pm
German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A2NJ
United Kingdom

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This lecture is concerned with the historical imagination in, and about, Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and explores cultures of temporality and historicity through the lens of emotions. It proposes that owing to alternately melancholic, pessimistic, and nostalgic perspectives on the African past, African history has been steadily displaced and foreshortened in the modern era.

Richard Reid is Professor of the History of Africa at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has published widely on political history, historical culture, and warfare and militarism in Africa. He is the author of a history of modern Uganda (forthcoming 2017) and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Modern African History (2013).

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