Lunchtalk: The Namiba Peace Process in Transnational Perspective

Lunchtalk: The Namiba Peace Process in Transnational Perspective

Presentation

Location: Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Klosterberg 23, 4001 Basel

Mi, ​25.1.2017, 12:15 - 13:00 Uhr

Lunchtalk: The Namiba Peace Process in Transnational Perspective

Lunchtalk by historian Grant Dawson.

Historian Grant Dawson from the University of Nottingham, Nigbo (China), is currently conducting research in the BAB library and archives. In this lunchtalk, he will talk about his research project, which engages with the Namibian peace process from a transnational perspective.

 

Presentation Abstract

„My research project, which is still under development, examines the Namibia peace process of 1977-90 from a transnational perspective. I seek to identify and contextualize the key border-crossing social forces and ideas – forces such as capitalism, ideas such as human rights and modernity – and the influence they had on the outcome of the peace process. In contrast to most studies of the peace process, I see states and international organizations as having important but secondary roles in the peace process, and the shared transnational space as being decisive to the outcome. In this paper, I make these points while discussing my transnational history perspective and the relevance of the ‘global in the local’ and cosmopolitan concepts to the research, and making some preliminary connections to the Namibia case.“