Lazlo Passemiers holds a BA and MA in History from Stellenbosch University and a PhD in Africa Studies from the University of the Free State. He is revising his 2016 PhD thesis on South African-Congolese relations during the Democratic Republic of Congo's first five years of independence for publication as a monograph. Lazlo’s primary research interests are transnational histories of twentieth-century Southern Africa that place South Africa at their centre. Since 2016, Lazlo has also been working as a research assistant for the British Academy and Newton Advanced Research Fellowship Project: ‘Labour Migration and Labour Relations in South and Southern Africa, c. 1900-2000’.



Decolonisation and Regional Geopolitics: South Africa and the Congo Crisis, 1960-1965. Appearing in ‘The Routledge Global 1960s and 1970s’ book series.


‘The Pan Africanist Congress and the Congo Alliance, 1963–1964’, South African Historical Journal, Vol. 70, No. 1 (2018), 82-107.

‘Safe-Guarding White Minority Power in Southern Africa Through External Coercion: The South African Government and the Secession of Katanga, 1960-1963’, South African Historical Journal, Vol. 68, No. 1 (2016), 70-91.


Awarded $1 500 (USD) from the Global Scholars and Diversity Grant to attend the 2017 Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Conference in Arlington.