Regional History Society for
Southern Africa Conference

25-26 November 2024

Venue: Protea Hotel, Lusaka Tower

Address: Arcades Shopping & Entertainment Complex, Corner Thabo Mbeki and Great E Rd, Lusaka 10101, Zambia

Conference Theme:
Labour, Migration and Agency in Southern African History

The Regional Historical Society of Southern Africa, established by a consortium of universities, will in partnership with the School of Social Sciences at the North-West University and the Department of Historical and Archaeological Studies at the University of Zambia, hold its first ever face-to-face annual conference after two virtual webinars in respectively 2022 and 2023.  This face-to-face conference will take place in Lusaka, Zambia on 25 and 26 November 2024.


Africa has been viewed by observers as a continent of mass migration and displacement occasioned by economic deprivation, conflict, and environmental degradation. Migration dynamics in Southern Africa have, since time immemorial, been complex. For centuries, the region has been a place of the origin, transit, and destination of men, women, and children on the move. These migrants have either moved to new places which they in turn made their permanent homes or in some cases, migrated with the intention of returning home after a limited period. People in Southern Africa have historically migrated for various pull or push factors ranging from the search for better economic opportunities, to escaping monotonous village life, and to the desire to earn money to pay newly introduced colonial taxes. In the modern era, Southern Africa experiences a high volume of migration among different age groups owing to work opportunities in various economic sectors such as mining, manufacturing, and agriculture in more economically advanced countries. Others, however, migrate for a myriad of political or social reasons.


The migration of people in Southern Africa has contributed to having a more flexible labour market, and a large pool of skills from which employers are able to tap. It has also led to personal benefits for migrants and their families such as an improved livelihood, educational opportunities, and safety from political prosecution at home. On the other hand, communities hosting migrants have, in some cases, complained about their own dwindling economic possibilities due to the presence of foreign labour migrants in their midst – leading, in the most severe cases, to xenophobic attacks. The RHSSA therefore saw it fit to host a conference on the theme Labour, Migration and Agency in Southern African History. We cordially invite you to consider joining us for this debate!

Sub themes:

  • New pathways in Southern African historiography
  • (Trans)regional histories of Southern Africa: New trends and developments
  • Thinking about regions from a regional history perspective in Southern Africa
  • Relay migration in Southern Africa
  • Globalisation and migration in Southern Africa
  • Migration and state relations in Southern Africa
  • Coloniality and migration in Southern Africa
  • Labour histories of the Southern African region
  • Any other related topic that fits into the Southern African historiography

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Ackson Kanduza (Zambian Open University)

Abstract Submissions

Due date for CFP Submissions (250 words max inclusive of the abstract title and a short bionote): 5 July 2024

The RHSSA Steering Committee will formally respond to each submission before/by 26 July 2024 on whether accepted.

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    (To be paid before 30 September 2024)

    Conference host:

    Dr Alfred Tembo,

    Organising Convenor / Coordinator,

    3rd RHSSA International Conference 2024,



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    • Registered students: R150
    • Rest of the World: $30

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    Accommodation Options:

    Accommodation should be arranged by conference attendees themselves.  Booking at the Protea Hotel, Lusaka Tower in Zambia is suggested because the conference will be hosted on the hotel premises.  However, should you be interested to lodge elsewhere one of the following places can be considered  (I a range of 0-1km from the conference venue at Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower):


    • Protea Hotel Marriot (Situated in Lusaka, 100 metres from Arcades Shopping Mall)
    • Radisson Blu Hotel (Three minutes away from the Arcades Shopping Mall)
    • Cargo88 Hotel (1km away from the Arcades Shopping Mall)

    For more information or any other inquiries contact Mrs. Yolandi Strydom:

    E-mail: [email protected] / or the Conference organizer Dr Alfred Tembo [email protected]

    RHSSA Steering Committee:

    Prof. Elize S Van. Eeden (North-West University) | Prof. Gerald Groenewald (University of Johannesburg) | Dr. Alfred Tembo (University of Zambia) | Dr. Shokahle Dlamini (University of Eswatini) | Dr. James Hlongwana (University of Zimbabwe) | Dr. Claudia Gouws (North-West University) | Dr. Tshepo Moloi (University of Johannesburg) | Mr. Emile Coetzee (North-West University)