Prof Dunbar Moodie

Keynote Lecture 2
Friday, April 20 11:00

T. Dunbar Moodie is Lloyd Wright Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. He is also Honorary Research Professor in the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He is the author of The Rise of Afrikerdom: Power, Apartheid, and the Afrikaner Civil Religion and (with Vivienne Ndatshe) Going for Gold: Men, Mines and Migration, as well as numerous articles on the gold industry in South Africa. He is in the process of completing a book manuscript on the rise of the South African National Union of Mineworkers. His current scholarly interests include a study of the social and environmental implications of the shift in South African mining from gold on the Witwatersrand, the far West Rand and the Free State to platinum group metals in the Bushveld Igneous Complex north of Pretoria. He is also returning to an earlier interest in Afrikaans culture and is trying to understand the place of the Afrikaner minority in a new South Africa.

Dr Alma Laura Parra-Campos

Plenary Session 2
Thursday, April 19 09:00

Alma Parra is a full time researcher at the Direccion de Estudios Historicos, INAH, Mexico and participates since 1992 in the Group of Studies of History of Mining in Mexico.

Obtained her first degree in Sociology from Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico, Msc. in Economic History from the London School of Economics and, at the moment she is completing her doctoral studies in History at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

Her main area of work is the Economic History of Mexico during the XIX century and specialises in mining, foreign investment and related topics such as the participation of British and American capital in mining and infrastructure.

Her current research covers two themes: the study of mining in Guanajuato focusing on the financial and technological development of this industry during the XIX Century and the British presence in Mexican mining.

Dr Tim LeCain

Plenary Session 1
Wednesday, April 18 09:00

Professor LeCain's research and publications focus on the environmental and technological history of twentieth century mining, materialist theory and history, and related topics. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany, and an associate professor of history at Montana State University in the United States. His 2009 book, Mass Destruction: The Men and Giant Mines that Wired America and Scarred the Planet (Rutgers University Press, 2009), won the 2010 George Perkins Marsh Prize, conferred by the American Society for Environmental History for the best book in environmental history published each year. In 2007, he was awarded a $306,000 three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to do a comparative environmental history of American and Japanese copper mining in cooperation with his colleague, Professor Brett Walker. LeCain's current work focuses on new theoretical approachs to historical study that emphasize the role and agency of material factors in socio-political developments. At Montana State University he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in American history, environmental history, and the history of technology.

Prof Chris Wrigley

Plenary Session 2
Thursday, April 13 09:00

Chris Wrigley has been Professor of Modern British History at Nottingham University for 21 years. He previously taught economic history at Queen's University of Belfast and at Loughborough University. In recent years he has taught a business history course in Nottingham University's Business School as well as courses in the School of History. For several years he has been researching the history of the British coal industry since 1982. Earlier he published much on the history of British industrial relations. He has also published books and essays on British and international economic history as well as on British and European political and social history. He is a life member of the Association of Business Historians (UK). He served on the Council of the Economic History Society between 1983 and 2008. He was President of the Historical Association (UK) ,1996-99, and a Vice President of the Royal Historical Society, 1997-2001. He was chair of the Society for the Study of Labour History, 1997-2001. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of East Anglia in 1998. He has been invited to give lectures or papers in Austria, Brazil, Croatia, France, Germany. Italy, the Netherlands and the USA.

He is married to Maggie Walsh, Emeritus Professor of American Economic History, Nottingham University. They are keen on walking in the countryside, swimming, visiting art galleries and going to concerts (classical, jazz, folk and pop).

Prof Terence McCarthy

Plenary Session 1
Wednesday, April 18 09:00

Terence McCarthy is Professor of Mineral Geochemistry in the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has wide-ranging interests spanning the fields of economic geology, environmental geology, geomorphology and geochemistry and has made important research contributions in igneous petrology, the origin and evolution of the Witwatersrand Basin and the functioning of the Okavango Delta ecosystem and other southern African wetlands. He is author or co-author of three books and has published over 160 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals. He is the winner of the Jubilee and Draper Medals of the GSSA and is a Fellow of the GSSA and the Royal Society of South Africa.

Dr Bill Freund

Plenary Session 2
Thursday, April 19 09:00

I am Professor Emeritus at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and former Professor of Economic History. I am also Visiting Senior Fellow in the Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand currently.

My publications include my first book, which was directly on mining, Capital and Labour in the Nigerian Tin Mines, the best-known are The Making of Contemporary Africa and The African City: A History and the most recent (edited with Harald Witt), Development Dilemmas in Post-Apartheid South Africa.

Dr Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

Plenary Session 1
Wednesday, April 18 09:00

Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt is a Fellow at the Resource Management in Asia Pacific Program at the Crawford School of Economics and Government, The Australian National University. Kuntala has extensively researched the social and ecological politics, and gender equity related to extractive industries since 1993-'94, initially in India and later on in other Asian countries such as Indonesia and Laos. In particular, she has written on gender and livelihood challenges in large and small-scale mines, on the displacement of peasantry and indigenous peoples in eastern Indian colliery areas, on illegal mining, on the social impacts of the coal mining industry in Raniganj, and on subsurface coal fires. Most of these papers are downloadable from her official website at the ANU.

Prof Stefan Berger

Keynote Session 1
Tuesday, April 17 17:30

Stefan Berger is Professor of Social History at the Ruhr University Bochum, where he also heads the Institute of Social Movements and the House for the History of the Ruhr. He is chairman of the Executive Board of the Foundation Library of the Ruhr. He held previous professorial positions at the Universities of Manchester in England and Glamorgan in Wales. He has published widely on comparative labour history, the history of historiography, nationalism and national identity and modern and contemporary German history. Amongst his most relevant publications for this conference are Towards a Comparative History of Coalfield Societies, edited jointly with Andy Croll and Norman LaPorte, Ashgate, 2005, Labour and Social History in Great Britain: Historiographical Reviews and Agendas 1990 to the Present, special issue of the Mitteilungsblatt des Instituts für soziale Bewegungen, Klartext Verlag, 2002, Social Democracy and the Working-Class in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Germany, Longman, 2000, The Force of Labour. The Western European Labour Movement and the Working Class in the Twentieth Century, edited jointly with David Broughton, Berg Publishers, December 1995, "Working-Class Culture in the Ruhr and South Wales: a Comparison", in: Llafur. Journal of Welsh Labour History, vol. 8, no. 2, 2001, pp. 5-40.


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15 December 2011

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30 November 2011

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15 February 2012

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31 March 2012

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31 March 2012