Booklaunch 'Magnifying Perspectives. Contributions to History, a Festschrift for Robert Ross'

Book cover Magnifying PerspectivesThis publication is a festschrift for Robert Ross, Emeritus Professor of African History at Leiden University. The contributions have been written by students and colleagues of Robert Ross, reflecting his broad-ranging thematic and geographical research interests. Individual chapters cover topics such as slavery, gender and gossip, but also reflect an eye for detail in narrating about mosquitoes, semaphores and pineapples. Big themes such as race and imperialism are tackled by paying attention to language, material objects and the powerful role of individuals in shaping history. Read more about the book.
Iva Pesa, one of the editors, will give an introductory talk.

Book cover These oppressions won't ceaseDuring the afternoon a second book will be launched, namely Robert Ross's own These Oppressions won't cease, An Anthology of the Political Thought of the Cape Khoesan, 1777–1879, published by Wits University Press.
Wayne Dooling will introduce the book and highlight its importance for the Southern African history.

Both books can be purchased at the booklaunch. Special prices: € 15 (Magnifying perspectives) and € 20 (These oppressions won't cease), in cash please.

Wayne DoolingWayne Dooling is a Senior Lecturer in the History of Southern Africa at the Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies of SOAS, University of London.

Iva PesaIva Pesa is a historian who does research on the Central African Copperbelt at Oxford University. After having studies Mwinilunga District in North-Western Zambia, her current research focuses on the environmental history of the Zambian and Congolese Copperbelt. She has co-edited Transforming Innovations in Africa (Brill, 2012) and The Objects of Life in Central Africa (Brill, 2013). She is a former PhD student of Prof. Robert Ross.

Date, time and location

19 December 2017
15.00 - 16.00
Pieter de la Courtgebouw / Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden
ASCL Library