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: 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.

Subaltern Women’s Narratives of Resistance- Conference 23 June 2017, University of Sheffield

Members are invited  to attend an international, interdisciplinary conference on Subaltern Women’s Narratives of Resistance. The keynote will be delivered by Dr. Rashmi Varma (Warwick), and the plenary speech will be given by Professor Laura Serrant (Sheffield Hallam). Our presenters are joining us from all over the world, bringing new scholarship in the field.

The presentations will be followed by a poetry-reading session by two renowed Yorkshire and Derbyshire-based poets, Dr. Debjani Chatterjee MBE and Seni Seneviratne.

The event is free to attend, and lunch and refreshments will be provided.
You can find the full programme here:

To register please visit our Eventbrite page.

Research Day Lunch at St Antony’s College_Last Booking Day 7 June 2017

Dear friend,
If you are registered to attend ‘Staying Alive’ on 17 June, or if you are intending to come, please note that lunch will be available in the St Antony’s buttery by pre-paid lunch voucher _only_ (cost £11.00 for a choice of two courses). If you have ordered a voucher, you will be able to collect and pay for it at the entrance desk on the day (cash or cheque, sorry, no card payments). Please let the organisers know by WEDNESDAY 7 JUNE latest if you would like to take lunch in St
Antony’s, by emailing

We regret that spare vouchers will not be available if you have not ordered one in advance. Other alternatives for lunch are cafes and pubs in the area, or bring your own packed lunch to eat in the St Antony’s garden.

To book tickets in advance for the conference:

Thank you,