“People create stories create people; or rather stories create people create stories.”              Chinua Achebe

Durham University Centre for Contemporary African History brings together academics from a range of disciplines. It is driven by a shared sense of the relevance of history which is informed by the notion of contemporary history  – that is, the study of a past that continues to resonate in the present.

History does not determine the present; we are not condemned to repeat the past, over and over; there is no historical inevitability: but through its work DUCCAH seeks to show how events, decisions and choices made in the past have shaped possibilities, and continue to affect life today.

Contemporary history may involve the study of the recent past, or reveal the continuing significance of events long ago, or the enduring power of long-term trends and patterns: in all of these ways, it builds our understanding of the world in which we live.

If you want to find out more about the people involved in the Centre for Contemporary African History you can view our profiles here.

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