International Symposium – date announced

The Congo Free State across Languages, Media and Cultures’ International Symposium for 2015 will be hosted by Centre for Culture and the Arts, Leeds Beckett University and take place on Saturday 10 October 2015. This symposium explores the Congo Free State under Leopold II (1885-1908) as a space of transnational encounter through an analysis of its representation across languages, media and cultures.Punch_congo_rubber_cartoon

This year’s speakers include:

  • Dr. Daniel Laqua (Northumbria University), author of The Age of Internationalism and Belgium, 1880–1930
  • Dr. Stephen Donovan (Uppsala University), author of Joseph Conrad and Popular Culture
  • Dr. Mathilde Leduc-Grimaldi (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren), author of Africa in Images: Stanley I Presume?
  • Dr. Dean Pavlakis (Carroll College, MT), author of British Humanitarianism and the Congo Reform Movement, 1896-1913


Attendance is free but please register. For further details or to register for attendance please email Rob Burroughs at

Launched at Uppsala University in September 2014, ‘The Congo Free State across Languages, Media and Cultures’ is a research initiative funded by the NWO (the Netherlands), Uppsala University, the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, and Leeds Beckett University.


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