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Call for Chapters: Schools and national identities in French-speaking Africa: political choices, means of transmission, and appropriation

Routledge Call for book chapter contributions: Schools and national identities in French-speaking Africa: political choices, means of transmission, and appropriation Editors: Linda Gardelle, ENSTA Bretagne (FR) Camile Jacob, University of Portsmouth (UK) Please send a one-page outline of your proposal for a 5,000-6,000 words contribution to the volume by 4 May to linda.gardelle@ensta-bretagne.fr and camille.jacob@port.ac.uk. Authors will be notified by 20 May, and full chapters will be due on 18 August 2019. The volume will be published by Routledge in the Series “Perspectives on Education in Africa” in 2020. The aim of this volume is to provide an in-depth and transdisciplinary understanding of the role of schools in the various processes of identity-building, and to showcase research from and about countries outside the former British empire, either as individual case studies or through a comparative framework within or beyond the continent. It will include contributions focusing on the multiple and changing role of schools in the construction of collective identities and the (re)production of national imaginings in francophone Africa. It will also consider how different actors (media, diasporas, social networks, religious communities) shape the appropriation, formulation and implementation of curriculums and discourses about education. Chapters can be empirical or theoretical, based on one case study or on comparative work, […]

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Rebel Incursion Exposes Chad’s Weaknesses

An early February incursion by the Union of Resistance Forces (UFR) into Chad from Libya was halted by French air strikes, conducted in coordination with the Chadian army. This most severe security threat for several years highlights the weakness of the country and President Idriss Déby’s rule. What happened? On 3-6 February 2019, at the request of N’Djamena, planes from the French Operation Barkhane proceeded with a series of strikes against a group of Chadian rebels in the north east of the country. According to rebels’ spokesperson Youssouf Hamid Ishagh, the Union of Resistance Forces (Union des forces de la résistance – UFR), a coalition based in Libya, intended to reach the capital N’Djamena in order to overthrow President Idriss Déby and “set up a transitional government uniting all of the country’s forces”. The plan was aborted following the French intervention. Composed mainly of Zaghawa fighters from Déby’s own ethnic community, this rebel movement is directed by Timan Erdimi, the president’s nephew, who lives in Qatar. He first tried to overthrow his uncle in 2008, and again in 2009 after forming the UFR. According to a statement released by the Chadian army on 9 February 2019, “more than 250 terrorists, including four leaders” were […]

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