Livingstone 200 logoRepresentations and Social Change in Africa

A free one-day international symposium on the bicentenary of David Livingstone


13 May 2013

Arts Tower – University of Sheffield


This year we are celebrating 200 years of the birth of David Livingstone, one of the most popular heroes of Victorian Britain. An explorer of Africa, Livingstone's work and writings were responsible in part for shaping our ideas about that continent and defining media discourses for many years afterwards.

This event commemorates Livingstone's birth with an interdisciplinary symposium about Media Representations and Social Change in Africa. It is convened by the Centre for the Study of Journalism and History with the joint sponsorship of the Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS) and the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield.

Admission to the symposium is free of charge and no pre-registration is required. For more information please email Dr Jairo Lugo-Ogando:


The room numbers below refer to locations in the University's Arts Tower. If you're not familiar with the University, use this Google Maps link to help you locate the building.

Room LT09


Martin Conboy
Co-Director, Centre for the Study of Journalism and History, University of Sheffield, UK

Room LT09

David Livingstone’s Africa: a story in books, newspapers, magic lantern shows, films and exhibitions

David McClay
John Murray Archive Curator, National Library of Scotland

Room LT09

Why are there no Skyscrapers in Africa? British Media Representations of Post-independence Nigeria

Patrick Malaolu
CEO of Rock FM, Nigeria


Coffee break

Room LT09

The impact of ethnicity-based news values on the framing of Africa: a case study of diasporic press in the UK

Ola Ogunyemi
University of Lincoln, UK

12:00 noon
Room LT09

Journalists in Africa: a high-risk profession under threat

Marie-Soleil Frère
Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium



Room LT03

Race and the reproduction of colonial mythologies on land: A postcolonial reading of British media discourse on Zimbabwe

Wendy Willems
London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Room LT03

New Imperialism or Friendship: China in Zimbabwean Newspapers

Winston Mano
Director of Africa Media Centre, University of Westminster, UK


Coffee break

Room LT03

The empire of sentiment: Livingstone, Africa and "the heart of the nation" in Victorian press coverage of his death and funeral

Joanna Lewis
Department of International History, London School of Economics, UK

Room LT03


Adrian Bingham
Co-director, Centre for the Study of Journalism and History, University of Sheffield, UK