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Latest research, debate and discussion on the theme of Staying Alive in Zimbabwe - Food, Land and Livelihoods. This year's Britain Zimbabwe Society's Research Day focuses on the issues at the root of pre- and post-colonial conflict and struggle in Zimbabwe. Join us for alternative perspectives, fresh thinking and stimulating new ideas. All are welcome.


Staying Alive in Zimbabwe – Food, Land and Livelihoods

Saturday 17 June 2017, 9.00am – 5.30pm (doors open from 8.30am)

In partnership with the Oxford African Studies Centre, the Journal of Southern African Studies (JSAS) and the Britain & Zimbabwe Sustainable Agriculture Network (BAZiSAN)


8.30-9.15 Registration in the Nissan Theatre Foyer

9.15-9.30 Welcome and Introduction

Poem from Dumi Senda

Dr Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo, Chair, Britain Zimbabwe Society

Professor Jonny Steinberg, Director, African Studies Centre, Oxford University

9.30-10.30 Panel 1: Land and Livelihoods – the Human Rights Context


Dr Charles Laurie, Director, Verisk Maplecroft – Reaping What You Sow: The Land Seizure Era’s Legacy of Violence and Insecurity

Dr Khanyisela Moyo, Ulster University The Right to Food, Transitional Justice and Postcolonial Zimbabwe’s Land Seizures

Chair: Dr Knox Chitiyo

10.30-11.00 Tea/Coffee break - Buttery, Besse Building

11.00-12.00 Keynote speaker:

Dr Patience Mutopo, Chinhoyi Institute of Technology – Land, Rural Livelihoods and Food Security: Understanding the Sustainability Question in Zimbabwe

Chair: Dr Robin Palmer, Mokoro

12.00-13.00 Panel 2: The Political Economy of Food


Dr Phillan Zamchiya, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape (PLAAS) – Patronage-Politics in Zimbabwe's post-2000 Food Production

Arnold Chamunogwa, University of Oxford – Remaking Political Order on Commercial Farmlands through Partisan Authority

Chair: McDonald Lewanika, LSE

13.00-14.00 Lunch: St Antony’s cafeteria, Besse Building (or your own choice)

14.00-15.30 Panel 3: Livelihoods and Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and the Environment


Tapiwa Chatikobo, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape (PLAAS) – Land Reform and Livestock Production in Matabeleland South

Mbongeni Ngulube, KUL University, Leuven – Rural Farming, Markets and Livelihoods (working title)

Chair: Na Ncube, The Global Native

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

16.00-17.00 Panel 4: Food, Nutrition and Culture


Pathisa Nyathi, historian – Food as Cultural Expression

Dr Nick James, The Open University From `Fly Frontier´ to `Cotton Country´: Social Change and Agrarian Transformation in the Northwest of Zimbabwe

Dorcas Gwata, Zimbabwe Health Training Support (ZHTS) Nutrition in Clinical Practice

Chair: Dumi Senda, Oxford University

17.00-17.30 Summing up

Speaker: Professor Diana Jeater, Goldsmiths, University of London

During the Research Day, the BZS will be hosting the launch of Welshman Hadane Mabhena: A Voice for Matabeleland, written by Marieke Faber Clarke with Pathisa Nyathi and published by Amagugu Publishers, Bulawayo, in September 2016. The book is distributed in the UK by African Books Collective. Copies of the book will be on display in the Besse Building during the lunch and refreshment breaks, for sale and author signings.

The Africa Book Centre will have a book exhibition during the breaks, also in the Besse Building, where a wide range of titles relating to Zimbabwe will be on sale.


Is there a car park at St Antony's?

The college has a small car park, entrance from Bevington Road, available to Research Day participants on a first come first served basis. If you use the car park, please report in to the St Antony's porters' lodge at the main entrance on Woodstock Road, with your car registration number. There is an access code for the gate from the car park directly into the college garden, available from the porters' lodge.

What are the arrangements for lunch?

A two course lunch is available from the St Antony's Buttery, on presentation of a pre-paid lunch voucher, cost £11 and available from the Research Day organisers. Please order your lunch voucher by 7 June latest from Margaret Ling margaret.ling@geo2.poptel.org.uk Lunch vouchers will be available for collection and payment at the Research Day registration desk on 17 June.

Alternatively, there are cafes, pubs and restaurants in the area, including North Parade (north of the college running between the Banbury and Woodstock Roads) or in Walton Street (cross Woodstock Road and walk down Observatory Street). Or bring your own lunch to eat in the college gardens.

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