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date: 07 October 2022

The International Congress of African Historians in Dar es Salaamlocked

The International Congress of African Historians in Dar es Salaamlocked

  • Esperanza Brizuela-GarciaEsperanza Brizuela-GarciaDepartment of History, Montclair State University

Summary

The International Congress of African Historians, which took place in Dar es Salaam in October of 1965, gathered historians from Africa, Europe, and the United States who reflected on and discussed the progress and direction of the by then approximately fifteen-year-old effort to introduce and develop the study of African history in universities around the world. The Congress was a testament to the evolution of this new area of research, not just in terms of the research outputs it showcased and the gaps it identified, but also in highlighting some of the challenges the field would soon face. At the time, the Congress was hailed for producing important agreements on the progress, practice, and nature of African history and for charting an ambitious agenda for the future. In retrospect, the Congress also represented the end of an era in the development of Africanist history.

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  • East Africa and Indian Ocean

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