Missing Voices: The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale

Missing Voices: The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale
15 March 2018, 2.00pm - 6.00pm
Gordon Room, G34, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Event description: A commemorative event, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of 'the battle of Cuito Cuanavale'.

The  momentous events in Southern Angola in 1988 represented a turning point in the history of the Namibian independence struggle, and South Africa's own lengthy transition from apartheid. This event will also highlight that the current 'decolonising the academy debate' has important historical antecedents. These are the discussions around the New International Information Order of the 1970s/1980s, and the need to emphasise African voices in the news narrative. In particular, the event will address the 'lost voice' of the MPLA/FAPLA in Angola, set against the current popular narrative  around Cuito  Cuanavale in South Africa.

In collaboration with the Southern African Seminar Series


Welcome: Dr Sue Onslow, Deputy Director, Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Short Opening Remarks: Lt Colonel Rui Nelson Goncalves, Defence Attache, Embassy of Angola

Simon Bright, Film Director, 'The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale, and showing of short film.

Dr Ros Gray, Department of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London

Break (Tea & Coffee)

Panel discussion: Jeremy Harding (journalist, author, and contributing editor to London Review of Books.) (Mr Harding's books include Small Wars Small Mercies, on apartheid South Africa's wars against the Front Line States)

Professor Keith Somerville, former BBC World, and now Professor of Media and Broadcasting, University of Kent, Canterbury

Jorge Cohen, Angolan film producer of Independencia (esta e a nossa memoria) (ATD, 2015)

Question and Answer session.

Closing remarks: Dr Sue Onslow

This event is open to all. However, as space is limited, those wishing to attend are strongly advised to register online.


Olga Jimenez