SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

One Day Symposium: ‘The Life and Afterlife of David Livingstone’

2013 David Livingstone Exhibition Photographs, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London

Date: 5 November 2013Time: 9:45 AM

Finishes: 5 November 2013Time: 5:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Symposium

SOAS, University of London marks the bicentenary of the birth of Dr David Livingstone with an exhibition of historic material at the Brunei Gallery, 22 October 2013 – 22 March 2014.
The David Livingstone exhibition at the Brunei Gallery (22 Oct. 2013 – 22 March 2014) will receive a formal launch on Tues. 5 Nov., with a one-day symposium, hosted by the SOAS' Centre of African Studies.

The aim of the symposium, entitled ‘The Life and Afterlife of David Livingstone’, is to present the latest research on Livingstone as man and icon, and to examine his life and work in the context of African and imperial history.
It will bring together leading experts across a range of fields, including specialists on nineteenth and twentieth-century Africa, the history of Christian missions, and the cultural and political history of empire, as well as on Livingstone himself.

Confirmed speakers

Confirmed speakers include:
• Dr Lawrence Dritsas (Edinburgh)
• Dr Joanna Lewis (LSE)
• Dr Justin Livingstone (Edinburgh)
• Professor David Maxwell (Cambridge)
• Professor Neil Parsons (Botswana)
• Professor Richard Reid (SOAS)
• Professor Brian Stanley (Edinburgh)
• Dr John Stuart (Kingston)

•  Dr Brian Murray  (Cambridge)

Reception and Exhibition 

On the  day, from 5.30 to 7.30pm, there will be a reception and exhibition viewing in the Brunei Suite in the Brunei Gallery building (opposite SOAS main entrance).

The exhibition is staged in the Foyle Special Collections Gallery of the Brunei Gallery as part of the ‘Livingstone 200’ events taking place in the UK, Zambia and Malawi.

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Organiser: The Centre of African Studies

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