Jeff Schauer (History) participated in the European Conference on African Studies in Cologne, Germany. He was a contributor to the panel titled "Wilder Futures? Rewilding and multispecies coexistence in rural Africa" alongside colleagues from Germany, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. Schauer's paper was titled "Chongololo: The Children's Wildlife Magazine and the future of conservation and the wild from 1970s Zambia."
Chongololo was among other things, Schauer argued, a project for treating hyper-local spaces — the garden, the farm ditch, the city park — as conservation spaces. This challenges traditional conceptions of "rewilding" because the Chongololo movement involved investment in a philosophical or ethical reconceptualisation of the value of spaces, rather than their physical transformation — reconstituting what we consider "wild" rather than reintroducing the "wild" to a somehow diminished landscape. It was also part of the hinge whereby environmentalism in Zambia expanded from focusing solely on wildlife conservation to including concerns about pollution, environmental justice issues, and eventually anthropogenic climate change.