In this lecture, Dr Kate Simpson explores the RGS-IBG’s digital library to identify the African women in the expeditions of David Livingstone, to present alternate narratives of exploration through which these women can be restored, and to reinscribe their role within the historical archival record.
For example, women such as Halima, who Livingstone called the ‘best spoke in the wheel’ of his group (1874), will be talked about. Halima exemplifies women who are noted in the records of others, who had a background role in someone else’s narrative, or are women who we now know were there but are not mentioned in the official transcripts. Livingstone’s expeditions, like many explorers, involved multiple people with various agencies and differing motivations. In assessing and engaging with digitised manuscripts, journals, diaries, letters, and notebooks, Kate looks to uncover the muted narratives of women in the record of exploration.
Featured image: Maguana - formerly David Livingstone's servant Lilly Frere, RGS Images Online, 21/01/1877.
[In-person and online] A century after its collapse, author and journalist, Tharik, went in search of the Ottoman Empire’s European legacy and an indigenous Muslim Europe.
14 November 2022
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) warmly welcomes the Department for Education’s announcement today that A Level geography will now undergo a full content review and that first teaching of the new A Level will be delayed until 2016.
14 February 2014
We express concerns over proposed embargo periods, and argue for a review of HEFCE policy on OA to identify and mitigate any emerging negative consequences.
Written by Joanna Bullard, Professor of Physical Geography, Loughborough University
These climate change tiles are designed to raise awareness of recent developments in climate change
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