On 1 and 2 June 2017, our researcher Robin Philips, our team member Zhang Zipeng, and our visiting fellow Dr. Guo Yongqin attended the Annual Posthumus Conference 2017 which was organized by the N.W. Posthumus Institute and Radboud University, in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
The N.W. Posthumus Institute (NWP) is the Research School for Economic and Social History in the Netherlands and Flanders. It includes research on non-Western history, world history and social-cultural history. The Posthumus Institute promotes innovative and advanced interdisciplinary research in economic and social history by stimulating joint research programmes of participating institutes and provides a PhD training in economic and social history.
The Annual Posthumus Conference 2017 had the theme “Global connections across time and space”. It started with the keynote lecture which was titled “The Nieboer problem in West Africa: slaves within and from labour-scarce economies” by prof.dr. Gareth Austin, who is one of the world’s leading scholars in the flourishing field of African economic history and has recently been appointed to the chair of Economic History at the University of Cambridge. After that, sessions were held by the PhD students from the Posthumus Institute Training Programme, and the Posthumus research networks, including the new orientation of ‘Societies in their Environment’ and the new network ‘Routes and Roots in Colonial and Global History’