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Making History: Terence Ranger and African Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
October 13-15, 2010

Welcoming participants from the US, UK and Southern Africa, this conference celebrates the many contributions made to the field of African Studies by Prof. Terence Ranger, Emeritus Rhodes Professor of Race Relations, University of Oxford; and George A. Miller Visiting Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Conference papers will explore themes of some of the pioneering contributions that Professor Ranger’s work have made to African Studies and how those themes have since been developed in the field. We are delighted that Prof. Ranger will be joining us for the conference, and will deliver a public lecture in the MillerComm series on Thursday Oct 14 at 4pm. The conference will also host the American launch of Prof. Ranger’s 17th book, Bulawayo Burning: The Social History of a Southern African City, 1893-1960 (James Currey Press and Weaver Press, 2010).



Ranger Cover
(James Currey and Weaver Press, 2010)

The conference is sponsored by the Hewlett International Conference Fund and UIUC International Programs and is hosted by the UIUC Department of History. Co-sponsors include the Center for African Studies, the Departments of African-American Studies, Anthropology, Gender and Women’s Studies; ACDIS, and CSAMES.

For more information about the conference: please contact Teresa Barnes at or James Brennan at


Lodging Information:


Illini Union Hotel (217)333-1241

16 rooms have been set aside with block rates for our conference participants.These rooms are available during the dates of 10/13 - 10/16. Conference participants should call to make reservations at 217-333-1241 and mention the RANGER CONFERENCE BLOCK. There are a limited number of each room, so call soon to get your pick.


* $99.00 + TAX

QUEEN ROOM * $104.00 + TAX


* $109.00 + TAX




I Hotel and Conference Center (217)819-5000


10 rooms have been set aside with block rates for our conference participants. These rooms are available during the dates of 10/13 - 10/16. Conference participants may make reservations online by visiting, click on the orange "attendee code" button located at the bottom left-hand side fo the homepage. Enter the code ARAN in the "I am an attendee" field. Phone reservations can be made at (217)819-5000 by asking to book rooms in the Ranger Conference Block or referencing Block Code RAN when you call.


KING ROOM $115.00 + TAX  





Terence Ranger Conference

Making History: Terence Ranger and African Studies

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, October 14-15, 2010

Conference Schedule

Thurdsay, October 14 Music Room, 2nd floor, Levis Faculty Center(919 W. Illinois St. Urbana  
8:30 - 9:00 am  


9:00 - 10:00 am  

Introductions: Teresa Barnes, James Brennan, UIUC

Welcome: Dean Ruth Watkins, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UIUC

Opening Address: Prof. Diana Jeater, University of the West of England, Terence Ranger: A Life in Historiography

10:00 - 11:15 pm  

Theme 1: Bodies and Expressive Cultures

Chair: Kathy Perkins, UIUC

Praise Zengenga, University of Arizona: "Dancing Politics: Seduction, Aggression and State Hegemony in Zimbabwean Dance"

Mwenda Ntarangwi, Calvin College: "Popular Music and Appropriating Youth Bodies in East Africa"

Moses Chikowero, University of California, Santa Barbara,"Cultures of Resistance: Memory, Tradition and Myth in Chimurenga Songs of Zimbabwe"

11:30 - 12:45 pm  

Theme 2: Traditions in Transit

Chair: Merle Bowen, UIUC

Jennifer Hart, Indiana University: "Honest Labor': Unions, Chieftaincy and Traditions of Transport in Colonial Ghana"

Paul Landau, University of Maryland, "Ha-Rutse: From Affiliation to Tribe"

Michelle Moyd, Indiana University, "Parades and Ngomas: Colonial Military Culture, Performance, and Authority in German East Africa"

12:45 - 1:45 pm   Lunch (showing of film "Dambatsoko" and discussion)
2:00 - 3:15 pm  

Theme 3: Transnational Scholarship

Chair: Prexy Nesbitt, Columbia College

Peter Limb, Michigan State University: "Terence Ranger, African Studies, and South African Historiography"

Luise White, University of Florida: "Writing History: Terence Ranger in Fact and Fiction"

Gerald Mazarire, University of Zimbabwe, "Terence Ranger at the University of Zimbabwe"

4:00 - 6:30pm Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum (600 S. Gregory St., Urbana)

CAS/MillerComm Lecture by Terence Ranger, George A. Miller, Visiting Professor

"From Spirit to Body: Approaches to Violence and Memory in Zimbabwe"

Friday, October 15 Breese Lounge, Alice Campbell Alumni Center (601 S. Lincoln Ave, Urbana)  
8:30 am   Conference Recap, announcements
9:00 - 10:15 am  

Theme 4: Historiographies of Violence

Chair: Jim Brennan, UIUC

Zebulon Dingley, University of Chicago: "Popular Anti-Gikuyuism and Kenya's Recent Tradition of Elections Violence"

Isabelle de Rezende, University of Michigan, "Historiographies of Violence: Violence and Visuality

Lynette Jackson, University of Illinois, Chicago, "They Fought Like Furies':the Gendered Politics of Execution in Colonial Zimbabwe"

10:30 - 11:45 am  

Theme 5: History and Fictions

Chair: Alma Gottlieb, UIUC

James Kilgore, Center for African Studies, UIUC: "Trying to Illuminate from the Darkness: History and Fiction in the Writing of We are All Zimbabweans Now"

Natalie Gwishri, Indiana University: "The Bechuanaland Democratic Party v. The Bechuanaland People's Party: Politics of Botswana's Current Society"

Jonathan Zilberg, Center for African Studies, UIUC, "Making History: Terence Ranger and African Studies"

12:30 - 2:30 pm  

Book Launch of "Bulawayo Burning: A Social History of an African City", Atrium, Temple Buell Hall (611 Loredo Taft Drive, Champaign)

3:00 - 4:15 pm  

Theme 6: Patriotism and Patriarchy

Chair: Chantal Nadeau, UIUC

Francis Dube, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point: "Alien natives will not be invited to enter the Reserves for the purpose of attending these (religious) meetings': Independent African Churches, trasnational migration, and smallpox control in colonial Zimbabwe"

Teresa Barnes (UIUC), Munyaradzi Nyakudya, Government Phiri (University of Zimbabwe): "We Have to Applaud the Modern Zimbabwean History Teacher':Evidence of recent trends in high school history teaching in Zimbabwe"

Wendy Urban -Mead, Bard College, "A Church Planter in Maguswini, & a Backslider Comes Home: Life histories of piety and gender from Matabeleland"

4:30 - 5:45 pm  

Theme 7: Trouble in the City

Chair: Kem Salo, UIUC

Tim Scarnecchia, Kent State University, "Urban Political Conjunctures: Terence Ranger's insights into the limits of class alliances in Zimbabwean urban history"

Joyce Chadya, University of Manitoba, To be tolerated only in Invisibility': Containing the Rural Influx and Shifting Official Policy Towards Rural Migration and Urban Squatters, 1974-1980"

6:00 - 6:30 pm  

Closing Remarks

Prof. Terence Ranger, George A. Miller Visiting Professor