Sir Stephen Sedley sheds new light on the death of Dag Hammarskjold. Contested Decolonisation and the Dilemmas of Intervention. The United Nations and Nation-making along the Congolese-Northern Rhodesian border, 1960-1964

Tue, 28/04/2015 – 14:00 to 18:30

Pavilion Room, St. Antony’s College

Speaker(s): Sir Stephen Sedley, Miles Larmer , Michael Kennedy, Reuben Loffman

Eminent lawyer Sir Stephen Sedley will discuss the findings of the international inquiry he chaired into the death of UN Secrerary General Dag Hammarskjold in a plane crash in central Africa in 1961. In the afternoon three historians will give new insights into the post-independence Congo crisis, which Hammarsjkold was seeking to resolve at the moment of his death. Their research sheds new light on the complex interactions between contested visions of post-independence nation-states, cross-border dynamics involving mining capital, European settlers and African politicians, and the geo-political interactions of the United Nations, the superpowers, decolonising European states and post-colonial nations from Ireland to Ghana.

More details: Central Africa event, 28 April

Event organised by the African Studies Centre, the Oxford Central African Forum (OCAF) and the Zambia Discussion Group (ZDG)