ANGOLA ON THE MOVE:
TRANSPORT ROUTES, COMMUNICATIONS, AND HISTORY

International Symposium held in Berlin, Germany
from 24 to 26 September 2003
at the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies

PROGRAMME
   
WEDNESDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER 2003
10.00-12.00
Opening Session
10.00 Beatrix Heintze and Achim von Oppen: Welcome and Introduction
10.45-11.15 Wyatt MacGaffey: Crossing the River: Myth and Movement in Central Africa
11.15-12.00 Discussion
 

Additional Paper (for Circulation). Jan Vansina: Communication between Angola and East Central Africa before c. 1700

 

14.00-15.45

Session 2

The Modernisation of Transport and its Contradictions            
Chair: José C. Curto

14.00-14.20 Rosa Cruz e Silva: O tráfego no corredor do Kwanza secs. XVI-XIX. Continuidade e ruptura
14.20-14.40 Maria Emília Madeira Santos: Em busca dos sítios do poder na África Central Ocidental: Homens e caminhos, exércitos e estradas (1483-1915)
14.40-15.00 David Birmingham: Wagon Technology, Transport and Long-distance Communication in Angola 1885-1908
15.00-15.45

Discussion

 

16.15-18.00

Session 3

Transport Routes and the Transformation of Rural Livelihoods
Chair: Lukonde Luansi

16.15-16.35 Mariana Candido: Demography, Epidemics, and Trade Routes: the Case of Caconda, 1830-1870
16.35-16.55 Emmanuel Esteves: As vias de comunicação e meios de transporte como factores de globalização, de estabilidade política e de transformação económica e social: Caso do Caminho de ferro de Bengela (Benguela) (1889-1950)
16.55-17.15 Maria da Conceição Neto: Nas malhas da rede: o impacto económico e social do transporte rodoviário na região do Huambo c.1920-c.1960
17.15-18.00 Discussion
 

Additional Paper (for Circulation). Jelmer Vos: The Economics of the Kwango Rubber Trade, ca. 1900

 

   
THURSDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 2003
9.00-10.15

Session 4

Transport and Violence under Foreign Impact
Chair: John K. Thornton

9.00-9.20 Roquinaldo Ferreira: Warfare in Southern Angola: Horses, Soldiers and the Development of Slaving in Benguela between 1670 and 1730
9.20-9.40 José C. Curto: Movers of Slaves: The Brazilian Community in Benguela (Angola), c. 1722-1832
9.40-10.15

Discussion

 

10.45-12.15

Session 5

Building Spaces of Communication
Chair: David Birmingham

10.45-11.05 Beatrix Heintze: Long-Distance Caravans and Communications beyond the Kwango (c. 1850-1890)
11.05-11.25 Ana Paula Tavares: A escrita em Angola. Comunicação e ruído entre as diferentes sociedades em presença
11.25-11.45 Aurora da Fonseca Ferreira: Do passado ao presente: tráfego comercial e redes de comunicação, factores privilegiados de ‘modernidade’
11.45-12.15 Discussion
 

Additional Paper (for Circulation). Catarina Madeira Santos: "Escrever o poder". Os autos de vassalagem e a vulgarização da escrita entre os africanos: O caso dos Ndembu em Angola (séculos XVII-XX)

 

15.00-17.30

Excursion

The West Central African Collections at the “Ethnologisches Museum” (Preussischer Kulturbesitz) in Berlin-Dahlem

  Visit, presentation by the Curator, and discussion; opportunity to see the exhibition by the Angolan artist António Ole “township wall - Margem da Zona Limite”
17.00-17.30 At the Museum: Presentation by Jean-Luc Vellut on Western Congo: the Far East of Angola. Its Echo in the 2005 Tervuren Exhibition ‘Congo: the Colonial Time’
   
FRIDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER 2003
9.00-10.15

Session 6

Routes and Barriers: Constructions of Space on the Move
Chair: Wyatt MacGaffey

9.00-9.20 Achim von Oppen: Moving along, Moving across. Linear Geographies and Translocal Practices on the Upper Zambezi, 19th to 20th Century
9.20-9.40 Inge Brinkman: Refugees on Routes. Congo/Zaire and the War in Northern Angola (1961-1974)
9.40-10.15

Discussion

 

10.45-12.00

Session 7

Communicating across the Atlantic
Chair: Maria Emília Madeira Santos

10.45-11.05 Linda M. Heywood: Memory through Space and Time: Queen Njinga and Remembrance in Angola and Brazil
11.05-11.25 John K. Thornton: The Transportation of African Christianity to America: The Eighteenth Century
11.25-12.00

Discussion

 

14.00-17.00

Session 8

Angola, Central Africa, and the World         
Chair: Maria da Conceição Neto

14.00-14.20 Manfred Schmitz: Angola - A Country on the Margin of Global Media Society
14.20-14.40 Lukonde Luansi: Angola: movimentos migratórios e Estados precoloniais - identidade nacional e autonomia regional
14.40-15.30 Discussion
16.00-16.30 Joseph C. Miller: Communication and Commercialization in Central Africa: Angola in the Context of World-Historical Processes of Modernity

16.30-17.00

17.00-17.15

Discussion

Personal Address by H.E. the Ambassador of the Republic of Angola in Germany, Dipl. Ing. Alberto Bento Ribeiro

 

17.15-18.00

Concluding Comments and Discussion

 

Sessions & Abstracts