CFP – Commodity frontiers and knowledge regimes in Africa, 1800 to present | H-Luso-Africa


We are looking for contributors to our panel at the CHAM 2019 Conference on Innovation, Invention and Memory in Africa, held in Lisbon, 17-20 July 2019. Our panel explores the role knowledge of ecological landscapes played in the creation of commodity frontiers in modern Africa, with special attention to agriculture and animal husbandry. In recent decades, several historians and social scientists have used the concept of ‘commodity frontiers’ to study the expansion of global capitalism during the last 500 years. These scholars especially examine how, at the margins of an expanding world economy, land, labour and capital were reallocated to transform available resources into commodities for global markets. But commodity production also depended on intimate knowledge of the natural landscape,…

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