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Power and Popular Politics in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa

Online Workshop :
Friday 1 December 2022, 2pm-4pm

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Meeting ID : 979 3517 0064
Passcode : 373128

This collaborative project focuses on histories of power and popular politics as a way into studying Anglophone and Francophone Africa. Paradoxically, these regions are often studied in isolation from each other, mimicking former colonial boundaries rather than allowing for points of convergence. Transcending a division that diminishes our understanding of Africa, this workshop aims to generate new ideas and approaches whilst also acknowledging both difference and shared historical experience.

Speakers :

 Florence Bernault (History, Sciences Po) :
Youth, Police, and Urban Gangs : Historicizing Bébés Noirs and State Violence in Congo-Brazzaville

 Florence Brisset-Foucault (Political Science, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) :
“Okwekalakasa” : Crowds, Violence and Discipline in Twentieth-Century Buganda

 Ruth Watson (History, Cambridge) :
Crowds and Protest in the History of Lagos, Nigeria