Celebrating the bicentenary
of the birth of Dr David Livingstone

19 March 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of David Livingstone. This explorer, writer, missionary, medic and anti-slavery campaigner rose from humble beginnings in a Lanarkshire tenement to become celebrated as “Africa’s first freedom fighter.” Join us in rediscovering a man whose life and legacy has spanned continents.


Imperial Obsessions: David Livingstone, Africa and world history: a life and legacy reconsidered

International conference to mark the 200th anniversary of David Livingstone's birth

Registration closes 15th March 2013.

Over three days, experts from around the world will meet with local scholars to exchange very different ideas and views about the life and legacy of Livingstone and his followers, as well as related topics in the field of humanitarian intervention, slavery, colonial rule, imperialism and education. Part of the global set of events to mark the bicentenary of the birth of David Livingstone in 1813, this unique gathering in central Africa will bring together a diverse grop of people including historians, explorers, curators, literary scholars, geographers, anthropologists, journalists, NGO workers, installation artists, teachers and novelists.

Keynote lecturers: Tim Jeal, John Mackenzie and Keith Hart.

Speakers include: Gary Clendennen, Brian Stanley, Friday Mufuzi, Kaluso Walimu, Sekibakiba Peter Lekgothi, Sarah Worden, Justin Livingstone, Joel Quirk, Joanna Lewis, Jonas Gjersø, Ben de Ponti, Sybren Renema, Stacey Sommerdyk, Leila Koivunen, Lawrence Dritsas,  Brian Murray and Julie Davidson.

There will also be workshops for graduate students.

The conference will be opened by Senior Chief Mukuni. Delegates will have the chance to visit the nearby Victoria Falls, tour the historic town of Livingstone and its world renowned national museum, and cruise on the Zambezi at sunset. A conference dinner will be held at the David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa with special guests including the British High Commissioner.

For further information please visit: Livingstone2013.net

To stay at the conference venue Wasawange Lodge please visit: http://www.wasawange.com/wasawange.htm

To book online please visit the LSE Online Store

The conference is being jointly run by the Department of International History at the LSE and the Livingstone Museum in Livingstone Zambia, in conjunction with the Livingstone-Zambia 2013 events committee. It has been generously supported by the LSE Annual Fund as part of the School's commitment to its Africa Initiative.

Where & when


Livingstone, Zambia (The Victoria Falls), , Livingstone, -, Zambia

Date & time

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 - Sun, 21 Apr 2013
Ca. 09:30 - 18:00 all three conference days


This is an old event, tickets are no longer for sale


Department of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science

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