Public Lecture: The Data Revolution in African Economic History - Boston


Monday, July 30, 2018, 6:30pm


Residence Inn by Marriott - 120 Broadway Six Cambridge Center Cambridge, MA 02142


Public Lecture- Prof Johan Fourie from Stellenbosch University

Lecture title: The Data Revolution in African Economic History

On July 30th, Prof Johan Fourie will be presenting this guest lecture titled ‘The Data Revolution in African Economic History’ alongside his colleagues in Boston.

There has never been a better time to be African. The surge in African economic growth over the past two decades has raised interest in understanding the dynamics of the continent’s revolving fortunes. By means of innovative techniques for uncovering large historical datasets, researchers benefit from the data revolution to reveal the complexity of the African past, and to improve understanding of the trajectory of current economic development.”

Prof Fourie is an associate professor in economics at SU and coordinator of the Laboratory for the Economics of Africa’s Past, an interdisciplinary research group aimed at investigating African economic history. Prof Fourie received a Ph.D. from Utrecht University in 2012 for his dissertation on the prosperity of Cape Colony farmers, which also won him the Best Dissertation prize at the World Economic History Congress in 2015. He has published more than 50 scientific papers and writes a regular column for a South African financial weekly and a blog at

A networking reception will follow after the lecture. 

All are welcome, space is limited please RSVP