A conference on The Politics of Economic Policy in Emerging Market States: Southern Africa will be held in South Africa at a date that is yet to be determined (currently postponed). The conference, which will be hosted by Helen V. Milner (Princeton University), Sarah Brooks (Ohio State University), Edward D. Mansfield (University of Pennsylvania), Peter Rosendorff (New York University) and Nita Rudra (Georgetown University), is sponsored by the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania, and Department of Government, Georgetown University. The conference will bring together leading scholars from academic institutions in the United States and South Africa, and beyond. We will be visiting Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria. Activities will include meetings – with policymakers and officials, scholars and students, business leaders, NGOs and others.
Our goal is to provide an opportunity for US scholars to participate in a cross-cultural, international academic exchange, as well as to develop professional ties with South African colleagues and peers. It will also give participants an opportunity to experience -- and analyze -- some of the problems experienced by emerging markets in Africa.
The conference and scheduled activities will include academic meetings about current research in political science and economics, visits to government and business offices and officials, as well as time at local cultural sites. Our journey through South Africa will include visits to the Apartheid era landmarks of Soweto and the Apartheid Museum, as well as meetings at the South African Reserve Bank, research think-tanks, and the Universities of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Witwatersrand. The culmination of the trip will be a conference that brings us together with scholars from South Africa, in order to share our knowledge, learn from theirs, and reflect together on what we have learned over the course of our visit to the country. The experience will be rigorous both intellectually and culturally.