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Violence, Protest and Democracy in Africa

April 3, 2014

Review of African Political Economy

Violence, Protest and Democracy in Africa

40th anniversary

Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 1 May 2014


Senate Room (First floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU)

12:30 Welcome

by Dibyesh Anand (Head of Dept. of Pols and IR, Westminster).

Hannah Cross, Gary Littlejohn, Editorial board. Revisiting ROAPE’s priorities: patterns of resistance, the state and conflict.

12:45 Panel 1: Popular struggle and solidarity

(chaired by Farhang Morady, DPIR)

David Seddon (Exeter). Global dissent: four decades of class struggle in Africa - a historical and comparative perspective.

Henri-Pierre Koubaka (freelance reporter who has covered post electoral crisis in various African countries). "Enough is enough!": A Look at the 2011-2012 Pre Electoral Protests in Senegal.

Jamie Allinson (DPIR). Rancière in Cairo?: The formation of a popular subject in the Egyptian Revolution.

14:00 Double book launch.

John S. Saul. A Flawed Freedom. Rethinking Southern African Liberation (Pluto)/ South Africa the Present as History. From Mrs Ples to Mandela and Marikana (co-authored with Patrick Bond, James Currey). Introduced by Peter Lawrence (Keele).

14:40 Coffee break

15:00 Panel 2: Conflict, the state and democracy

(discussant: Dibyesh Anand, chaired by Teresa Almeida Cravo, Coimbra/DPIR)

Sara Pantuliano (Head of Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI). Title tbc.

Abdelwahab El-Affendi (Centre for the Study of Democracy, Westminster). The African Union and Democracy Promotion and Consolidation on the Continent: A New Role?

15:50 Book Launch.

Lara Pawson. In the Name of the People: Angola's Forgotten Massacre (I.B. Tauris). Introduced by Leo Zeilig.

16:30 Coffee break

17.00 Ruth First Special Issue launch, details here.

This symposium is supported by the Emerging Powers Programme of DPIR, University of Westminster.

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