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Conference: Africa in the nineteenth century

20 March 2007

The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich have organised a two-day international conference on the 30 and 31 March 2007, entitled 'Exploring and Being Explored: Africa in the Nineteenth Century'.

2007 marks the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade, a turning point in the histories of Britain, the Americas and Africa that is being commemorated by a number of international conferences, exhibitions and events.   

'Exploring and Being Explored: Africa in the Nineteenth Century' takes representations of Africa, abolition and geographical exploration as a theme. It focuses on medicine, mapping and exploration in Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and highlights the common ground between fields that were once thought to be independent of one another.

This conference explores the complexities in the creation of European knowledge and understanding of Africa and Africans through considering the local and particular within the broader contexts of European expansion into the continent.

To find out more, use the links at the bottom of this article.