ASAUK 2014: New narratives and emerging evidence in the Zimbabwe land debate


The ASAUK biennial conference will be held at the University of Sussex and will run from Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th of September, 2014. As it’s now fast-approaching, I thought I’d post a quick message to draw your attention to the panel ‘New narratives and emerging evidence in the Zimbabwe land debate’, which takes place on Wednesday 10th from 09:00-10:30 and 11:00-12:30.

The panel will debate the latest research on land, agriculture and rural livelihoods in Zimbabwe. There are 6 papers that each extend, challenge and nuance the findings of earlier studies. In today’s world, where anything over 140 characters is too wordy, I won’t post abstracts, but here is a list of panellists and working titles:

Shiela Chikulo, ‘Emerging market discourses in a changing ‘agrarian economy’? The case of the fresh vegetable markets in Zimbabwe’, Ruzivo Trust, Harare.

Marleen Dekker, ‘Navigating through times of scarcity: the intensification of a gift-giving economy after dollarization in old resettlement areas in Zimbabwe’, African Studies Centre, Leiden.

Gareth James, ‘Fast track land reform: smallholder land use and production outcomes in Shamva, Hwedza and Makoni districts of Zimbabwe’, Centre of African Studies, Edinburgh.

Grasian Mkodzongi, ‘The political economy of mineral resource extraction after Zimbabwe’s Fast Track Land Reform Programme: The case of Mhondoro Ngezi District’, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Patience Mutopo, ‘Ethnographic reflections on the land reform and rural development in Mwenezi District, Zimbabwe’, African Studies Centre, Cologne.

Leila Sinclair-Bright, ‘Zimbabwean land reform: sympathy and recognition of farmworkers’ claims to belong’, Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh.

The discussion will be chaired by Ian Scoones of the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, and author of Zimbabwe’s Land Reform: Myths and Realities. 

So, if you’re going to the conference, look out for us and come join the discussion. Also, keep an eye on the Twitter feed @researchingzim for updates, and I’ll try and post a summary of the discussion here after the conference.

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