Why Africa is not rising: History reproducing?
Guest Lecture by Professor Ian Taylor, University of St Andrews
Africa is said to be rising, with current high growth rates being pointed to as indicators that the continent has turned a corner; that it is in fact, “the next Asia”. Such commentaries, however popular they may be, neglect the deep historical roots of the continent’s underdevelopment and overlook the structural challenges to any notional Africa rising narrative.
Can you imagine a game in which the act of doing history – of collecting and interpreting evidence and constructing narratives – is both the goal and the reward? Can there be a game which actually gets students to explore museums, libraries, and heritage sites on their own time? And would students actually want to play it? A few historians at Western University set out to try to make one. Timothy J. Compeau, PhD candidate at Western, discusses his experiences in the last History Speaker Series talk of 2014-15.
Join us at the bookstore for a launch of two new books and an exhibition by UWaterloo History professors Ian Milligan (Rebel Youth), Catherine Briggs (Modern Canada) and Susan Roy (The City Before the City).
Transpacific Currents: Chinese Restaurants and the Movement of Labour and Capital during Chinese Exclusion, 1915-1943
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This event takes place on Friday 6 March 2015 at Golf's Steak House in Kitchener. Cocktails start at 6:00pm and dinner served at 7:00pm. Dress is formal!
In this short workshop, Professor Milligan will lead attendees through the basics of researching in the digital age: from finding primary sources online, to building up a Zotero database and letting computers do all the hard work of citing and building bibliographies. At the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to set up a top-notch research browser, completely equipped with free and open-source software.
Come along and enjoy a pizza lunch with us!
Are you interested in majoring in History? Or would you like to find out more about declaring a History minor?
The History Department will be hosting a Declare your History Major Information Session to help you get started!