Study half-day: African Political Thought and Action Prominent Figures

Study half-day African Political Thought and Action Prominent Figures University of Portsmouth, School of Languages and Area Studies Wednesday 31st January 2018, 1-5pm Park Building, Lecture Theatre 3.23 All welcome 1pm Welcome and introduction (Tony Chafer, Portsmouth) 1.15pm Panel 1: Memory and Identity Chair: Fabienne Chamelot (Portsmouth) Andrew Smith (Chichester): Keita Fodeba Dieunedort Wandji (Portsmouth): Mobutu Sese Seko Jeremy Allouche (Sussex): Ivoirité Short Q&A 2.30pm Break 2.35pm Panel 2: Resistance and decolonisation Chair: Ed Naylor (Portsmouth) Olivia Rutazibwa (Portsmouth): Thomas Sankara Margaret Majumdar (Portsmouth): Frantz Fanon Natalya Vince (Portsmouth): Fatma N’Soumer Short Q&A 3.45pm Tea and coffee break 3.55pm Round Table Discussion (All Panellists) Chair: Camille Jacob (Portsmouth) 4.55pm Closing remarks (Dieunedort Wandji, Portsmouth) Contacts: fabienne.chamelot@port.ac.uk; dieunedort.wandji@port.ac.uk African Figures Programme

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Power, Silence and the Production of History in Africa-24 May 2018

The production of history is a process of power. This is particularly relevant in Africa, where during both the colonial and the post-colonial era history has been written by hegemonic regimes. This historiography has in turn (re-)produced structures of domination, social exclusion and division. Moreover, it has obscured the diversity of histories, narratives, spatial geographies that are at play. This in turn raises questions about how we can understand enduring and recurring cycles of conflict on the African continent not only as a result of historic contingency, but also as an outcome of the politics of writing African histories. The African continent is therefore a particular rich context in which to examine the production of history and its relation to power. To grasp the workings of the structures of power that are created through historic production we’re interested in what history means for people themselves in Africa – both the rulers and the ruled, the hegemonic and marginalised, elites and subalterns – and how they act and have acted upon it. As Trouillot (1995) has argued, in the production of history people are simultaneously involved as agents that produce historic narratives and as actors of the events they narrate. History […]

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