Call for Papers

Invitation to present a paper to the Ninth International Mining


The International Mining History Congress brings together practitioners of mining history in all of its forms to exchange recent research findings. Papers are invited from academics, amateur historians, former and present employees of the mining industry, government officials, and conservationists, archivists and curators.


This is the first time the congress has assembled in Africa, and we are delighted that South Africa has been invited to host the event. The world is increasingly dependent on the continent's mining industry, with South Africa being the biggest producer of platinum and a major player in the mining of gold, coal, iron and other minerals. Africa has a long history of mining, one that, especially in the case of diamonds and gold, had considerable impact on the world's economy, engineering and labour relations. From its pre-colonial past to its post-colonial present, African mining has departed from practices elsewhere, whilst also sharing much that is common. This combination of the unique and the universal will contribute to the character and success of the congress. The event itself will be held in Johannesburg, the City of Gold, close to both Rustenburg, our Platinum City, and also the Cradle of Humankind. As with any South African conference, it will provide excellent opportunities for study tours and conventional tourism, as well as intellectual stimulation.


Themes considered by the conference will include:

  • Mining and the environment
  • Finance, ownership and development of the mining industry
  • Small-scale and illegal mining
  • Women in mining
  • Advancing the history of geology
  • Mining memoirs
  • Experiences of mine work and managing mines
  • Society, politics and the regulation and planning of mining
  • Engineers, technology and mining
  • Mining's labour and cultural history
  • Changing investment patterns in mining
  • Health and safety in mining
  • Mining archaeology
  • Preserving and popularising mining history
  • Mining in decline
  • Mining and community development


Papers and presentations may be scientific or experiential, and there are no rules about their length. Selection will be on the basis of merit. For consideration please include the title, a 300 word proposal (abstract), a 50 word biographical note. The organisers also welcome proposals for panels on any of the above themes.

The following information should accompany your abstract:

First Name:
Last Name:
Abstract Title:
Author (s):

Send abstracts to , you should receive an acknowledgment within three working days.


Submission of abstracts deadline: 30 November 2011
Submission of full text papers deadline: 31 January 2012

Fees and further information

For details about registration fees, please click here. There will be a limited number of bursaries available for students. For all enquiries please contact the Conference Secretariat.


Early bird registration closes:
15 December 2011

Submission of abstracts deadline:
30 November 2011

Standard Registration closes:
15 February 2012

Submission of full text papers deadline:
31 March 2012

Late registration:
31 March 2012