BZS Research Day to tackle Religion, Education and Economy

The Britain Zimbabwe Society has announced that the keynote guest at this year's Research Day on Saturday 20 June will be Dr Gerald Mazarire from Midlands State University, Zimbabwe. He is a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and former Head of History at the University of Zimbabwe.

Prof Terence Ranger
Prof Terence Ranger

This year’s event at Oxford University is dedicated to its founder, Prof Terence Ranger. Mazarire will take part in a panel jointly organised with the Journal of Southern African Studies (JSAS) on 'Prof Terence Ranger and the Study of African History'.

“We are also hoping that Professor Ezra Chitando will be able to join us for our panel on 'Religion in Zimbabwe and the diaspora'. He lectures in Religious Studies and is the former Dean of Students at the University of Zimbabwe,” said the BZS spokesperson.

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Draft Programme – All paper and panel titles are working titles only

8.30-9.15 Registration in the Nissan Theatre Foyer

9.15-9.30 Welcome and Introduction

9.30-10.45 Panel 1: Religion in Zimbabwe and the diaspora

Chair: Professor David Maxwell, University of Cambridge

Presenters include: Professor Ezra Chitando, formerly University of Zimbabwe (invited),

Pentecostalism and masculinity

10.45-11.15 Tea/Coffee break – Buttery, Besse Building

11.15-13.00 Panel 2 : Professor Terence Ranger and the study of African history

(Keynote panel organised jointly by BZS & JSAS)

Chair: Professor Diana Jeater, Open University & JSAS Editorial Board

Presenters include: Professor Gerald Mazarire, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe

13.00-14.00 Lunch: St Antony´s cafeteria, Besse Building, or free choice

Please note that the cafeteria is cash-free – debit or credit cards only

14.00-15.30 Panel 3: Political Economy in Zimbabwe and the Diaspora

Presenters include: Dr Mbongeni Ngulube, University of Leuven, ZimAsset or development from below?

Father Brian MacGarry, Jesuit Mission in Zimbabwe

15.30-16.00 Tea/Coffee break – Buttery, Besse Building

14.00-15.30 Panel 4: Education in Zimbabwe and the Diaspora

Chair: Dr Miles Larmer, University of Oxford

Presenters include: Dr Blessing Miles Tendi, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford, The role

of intellectuals in social change

Dan Hodgkinson: The history of the student movement in Zimbabwe

17.00-17.30 Summing up: Professor Diana Jeater, BZS

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