Department of Economic History

Lund University School of Economics and Management

Stories and Storytellers: A Narrative Relocation of the Cape in World History


The Cape of the Good Hope Panel (CGHP) research programme is happy to invite academics and the interested public to two public lectures which are part of a larger research workshop open for its members. This lecture by Associate professor Laura Mitchell is about indigenous agency and European colonial rule at the Cape.

Laura J. Mitchell, Provost’s Teaching Fellow at UC Irvine and President of the World History Association.

The lecture will be held via Zoom; please register here!
After registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with link to the event.

Histories of hunters continue to sell South Africa as an attractive tourist destination to eager audiences in the global north. The lure of indigeneity, the wisdom of the ancients, generations of resistance to oppression, and unlikely – if relict – survival ignite western imaginings of “Bushman culture.” Decades of scholarship document the uneven, unequal relationships between San subjects and colonial researchers. Our generation’s opportunity lies in revisiting the stories told by Kabbo and others to Victorian-era linguists Lucy Lloyd and Wilhelm Bleek, reconsidering San agency in light of global processes of knowledge production.

Join us in this open webinar and keynote by Laura J. Mitchell who teaches African and world histories at UC Irvine, where she is a Provost’s Teaching Fellow. She is also the current President of the World History Association. She strives to make sense of early-modern societies in a digital age, and to make history accessible to diverse audiences. Her research on colonial Southern Africa has been supported by grants from numerous US-based foundations. She is the author or co-author of five books, including Panorama, A World History. Her book Belongings: Property, Family and Identity in Colonial South Africa won the American Historical Association’s Gutenberg-e Prize. Her talk today is based on research for a book in progress, Beastly Display: A Hunt for Africa in the World’s Museums.

The first lecture, Economic inequality and social mobility in preindustrial Europe, ca. 1300-1800, will be held 18th August.

Learn more about The Cape of the Good Hope Panel. Recently, we also did an interview with Erik Green, Associate Professor of Economic History at Lund University School of Economics and Management, and Professor Johan Fourie at Stellenbosch University, about this interesting research project.

19 August 2021


This is an online meeting.


Madeleine Jarl