BZS Research Day 2019

Saturday 15 June 2019 9.00 am. to 5.30p.m. (doors open from 8.30a.m.
Venue: St Antony’s College, Nisan Theatre, Oxford University OX2 6JF
In partnership with the Oxford African Studies Centre
The theme this year is Creativity and Innovation:Research and Resilience in Zimbabwean Arts and Science.
Detailed programme and booking details to follow. For programme and presentation enquiries, contact Dr Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo mailto:pauline.dodgson@btinternet.com

Further information on registration and the day´s practical arrangements, contact Margaret Ling mailto:margaret.ling@geo2.poptel.org.uk
The Britain Zimbabwe Society´s Research Day this year will explore the findings of researchers and practitioners in the achievements, challenges and futures of Zimbabwean innovation and creativity. Arts and culture, science and technology have demonstrated extraordinary resilience through times of turbulence and the most difficult economic and political circumstances in the 20th and 21st century. Key questions arise about identity, national and social recognition, finance and livelihoods, education and development, and the role of research.

RD2019 will interrogate and critically reflect on these issues. It is a forum to which all are welcome, and where presenters share original research, fresh thinking and new perspectives with an engaged and supportive audience. There will be four panels, two on art and culture, two on science and technology, with plenty of time for audience questions and discussion. Our speakers this year include
DR GEOFF BANDA, lecturer on global food security and innovation at the University of Edinburgh, on the innovative TIBA Partnership (Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa) and pharmaceutical manufacture in Zimbabwe.

DR JULIUS MUGWAGWA, assistant professor on innovation and development at University College London, on how innovation can stimulate Zimbabwean economic recovery and growth.

DR ROSELYN MASAMHA, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull, exploring innovation amongst the Zimbabwean diaspora.

LISA SIDAMBE, programme director on global affairs for the Nhimbe Trust in Bulawayo, on Nhimbe Trust´s promotion of cultural policies for Zimbabwe that nurture creativity and recognise its vital role in development. ROB LEHMANN, head of participation at the Young Vic Theatre in London, on the Young Vic´s exchange programme with Nhimbe Trust.

LENNON MHISHI, postdoctoral research associate at University of Liverpool, inter alia exploring how the arts and humanities can be used to tackle contemporary slavery in sub-Saharan Africa.
Bookings for RD19 are open on Eventbrite for payment by credit or debit card at


Enquiries: margaret.ling@geo2.poptel.org.uk. Please register me/us for the BZS 2019 Research Day:

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Watch this space for information updates as the programme takes shape – ask to be added to our Research Day mailing list.

For programme and presentation enquiries, contact Dr Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo pauline.dodgson@btinternet.com
Further information on registration and the day´s practical arrangements, contact Margaret Ling margaret.ling@geo2.poptel.org.uk

We look forward to welcoming you to Research Day 2019.


BZS 2018 AGM and “What Now for Zimbabwe?’

Saturday 27 October 2018 2.00p.m. to 4.30p.m.
All members and perspective members  are invited to join us for this year’s AGM followed by a round table discussion on Zimbabwe. The AGM opens for registration at 1.30p.m. and includes also the election of new officers for the Society.
3.00p.m. coffee
3.15p.m. “What now for Zimbabwe” A post- election opinion .Speakers to be confirmed.
The NEW Venue for this year is three minutes walk from Liverpool Street Station  and is next door to no.100 Bishopsgate:
St Ethelburga’s Church(Meeting Rooms),78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG

The programme:
What Now for Zimbabwe


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If you are a paid up member you can join our  BZS Whats App discussion group. This App is available on any phone but also available for desk top access. This we hope will keep members rapidly in touch with developments,and  national activities in the Uk and Zimbabwe .  Please be aware that members with a wide variety of views may target this group and that it does not represent the opinions of the Britain Zimbabwe Society but only of the named individuals. Please avoid defamatory comments and material that has no intellectual or promotional merit. You may be deleted from the group without warning if you have not kept up to date with your membership.

Please send your real name with your contact number to Rori Masiyane
07763 305905. Please double check you have the correct number before you send.
If you want to avoid being irritated by constant pings to your phone these audible notifications can be switched off on your hand set. You can also choose your own ping sound for BZS notifications so as not to confuse them with other such events.

If you want to publish long well researched essays or opinions these are better expressed through our newsletter published four times a year and materials can be submitted to the editor


Welcome to the Britain Zimbabwe Society

This is the developing word press site for the Britain Zimbabwe Society. The Britain Zimbabwe Society (BZS) was established after Zimbabwe’s Independence in 1980 to share information, promote friendship and facilitate networking between the two countries.

In addition BZS organises a BZS Research Day annually in June, to highlight research by academics on Zimbabwe both in that country and in the Diaspora. A Review with details of newly published books, economic reviews and articles of general interest, is published three times a year. Membership of the organisation provides access to BZS Information which promotes news and debate on the current situation in Zimbabwe and events linked to Zimbabwe. For further details on joining the BZS please consult the information on membership provided elsewhere on this site.


Latest Update: BZS Research Day programme Oxford University 17 June 2017

Download the BZS_RD17_programme_updated 12Jun17   –  Also please download the biographies as we have an impressive line up on saturday. BZS RD17_speaker bios_promotional

Still a few days to register to attend on Eventbrite:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/staying-alive-in-zimbabwe-tickets-33048520013 and you can also register on the day.

A reminder that the Research Day programme includes a book launch by Marieke Clarke and our guest speaker Pathisa Nyathi, of their biography of Welshman Mabhena, published in Zimbabwe last year and now available in the UK through African Books Collective. Marieke and Pathisa will be signing copies and the book will be on sale from the bookstall during the refreshment and lunch breaks on Saturday.

“Welshman Hadane Mabhena: A voice for Matabeleland” was written by Marieke Faber Clarke with Pathisa Nyathi and published by Amagugu Publishers, Bulawayo, September 2016. The book is distributed in the UK by African Books Collective.

Welshman Mabhena was an iconic figure in  the Zimbabwean nationalist struggle. Of noble origin, he faced humiliation, threats to his life,detention and imprisonment under appalling conditions and for many years. But he remained loyal to the ideals of the nationalist struggle that he sacrificed
precious time to achieve. Elected Secretary-General of ZAPU in 1985,  Welshman Mabhena was one of the architects of the Unity Accord of 1987. He was elected Deputy Speaker of Parliament and became ZANU-PF Matabeleland North Provincial Chairman. In 1992 he was made Governor of Matabeleland North. His tenure of office was not renewed by the head of state and Welshman Mabhena was dismissed from
the role of Governor in 2000. He died at home in 2010 and is buried in Bulawayo.