Webinar with Miles Larmer and Sacha Hepburn

St Antony's College is delighted to announce a webinar with Professor Miles Larmer (Director of the African Studies Centre and Professor of African History at the University of Oxford, and Governing Body Fellow of St Antony’s College). 


Miles will discuss with Dr Sacha Hepburn (DPhil History 2013) why ‘extractive communities’ are so poor when they provide minerals central to the global economy.  The discussion is based on his new book Living for the City: Social Change and Knowledge Production in the Central African Copperbelt (CUP).  It is available online Open Access in perpetuity and can be downloaded by following this link. A hardback version is also available to buy via the publisher’s website.

The event will take place on 22 November at 6pm (UK time).

To RSVP: please follow this zoom link for registration.


Miles Larmer teaches African History at the African Studies Centre and the History Faculty, University of Oxford. His research focuses on southern and central Africa, specialising in the modern history of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  He analyses how local historical agents have engaged and intersected with global historical dynamics, and challenges the 'methodological nationalism' of much modern African historiography.

He has written on social and political change; labour and social movements; extractive communities; military conflict amid Africa's Cold War; nationalism, migration and urbanisation; and, more recently, environmental history and intellectual history, particularly focusing on the relationship between social history and knowledge production.


Sacha Hepburn is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. Miles was her doctoral supervisor. Her research examines the history of labour, gender, and childhood in Africa, and she has published on the topics of domestic labour, child labour, labour movements and alternative forms of worker organising, local and transnational labour regulation, and girlhood.

Sacha is currently undertaking research into historical patterns of child labour in Africa.