RHI Seminar: Paul Lane (Uppsala University)

Organised by Rural and Environmental History

Tue 13 October 2015 12:30 to 14:00

Venue Leeuwenborch, gebouwnummer 201
Hollandseweg 1
6706 KN Wageningen
Room C68

Landscapes of desire and economic opportunism: Toward a historical ecology of the nineteenth century East African ivory trade

Paul Lane
Paul Lane

Paul Lane is Professor of Global Archaeology, University of Uppsala, and former President of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists (2008-10), with over twenty-five years’ research experience in Africa. He did his undergraduate degree and doctoral research (an ethnoarchaeological study of space and time among the Dogon in Mali, West Africa) at Cambridge University. He has taught at the University of Dar es Salaam (1989-91), Tanzania and the University of Botswana (1992-97), helping to establish degree programmes in archaeology at both institutions. He also served as Director of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi (1998-2006), before joining the University of York (2007-13) as a senior lecture and coordinator of the Historical Ecologies of East African Landscapes (HEEAL) project funded by a Marie Curie Excellence Grant. His current research builds on this previous work, with particular emphasis on climate change.

More information about Paul Lane can be found here.

Publications discussed in this seminar:

The Archaeological Potential for Reconstructing the History of Labor Relations in East Africa, c. 1500–1900

Developing Landscape Historical Ecologies in Eastern Africa: An Outline of Current Research and Potential Future Directions

Informal meetings with PhD Students

Professor Lane has kindly agreed to meet with WUR PhD students (individually) to discuss their research.

If you are interested, please send an e-mail before October 8th to Please also attach any documents that you would like to discuss.

Date: October 13th, 2015
Time: 15.00-17.00 hrs
Place: room 2036, Leeuwenborch