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CFP: Proposals for Panels in ASA-UK, Cambridge 2016 Peace, Protest and Political Struggle Stream

Panels in this stream will look at different contexts, strategies and outcomes of political struggle, including violent and non-violent protest, strikes, demonstrations and rebellion. Topics may include the dynamics of urban and/or rural protests, environmental protest, the role of violence in political change, state and international responses to political struggles, the transnational politics of peace, conflict and protest. Proposals are welcome from historical and contemporary cases across Africa. Contact: Devon Curtis (dc403@cam.ac.uk) and Marta Iniguez de Heredia (miniguez@ibei.org)   Panel 1. Conflict, State-Society Relations and the Role of the International The understanding of conflicts as internal and intra-state has implied a view of the so-called international community as an independent even neutral peacebuilding actor. Although peacebuilding operations still work largely on the premise that they are external to the conflict they target, this view has been challenged academically. What has been problematised is the clear-cut line assumed between peace and conflict and between peacebuilding operations and the actors that impact on conflict. While these are important issues in the dynamics of conflict and conflict resolution, the panel would like to go further. States and state-society relations, particularly in Africa, are an important area of conflict and where peacebuilding mainly operates. […]

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Some Reflections on the Journey from African Studies to Africana Studies

The introduction and development of research on Africa and African Americans in United States academia is an on-going process. African studies, Africana studies and Black studies are each the result of scholarship and society evolutions. But each of these denominations also impacts on the institutionalisation of research, its shaping and the future of its enhancement. A review of their history shows the crucial issue of denomination in area studies. Alden Young is an Assistant Professor of African Studies and Director of the Program in Africana Studies at Drexel University, in the US. He graduated from Princeton University, where he wrote a PhD addressing decolonization, economic development and the process of state formation in post-WWII Africa, and more specifically in Sudan. Following this research, he is now developing a research project on elites’ role in managing economic development.   African Studies Beyond the Area Studies Paradigm In recent years scholarship on Africa has flourished within the American academy, even as African Studies as a discipline has struggled to find a model that would provide it with a stable institutional home. In this essay, I will discuss a variety of institutional approaches to African studies within the US academy; my overview will be biased towards the East Coast institutions with which I […]

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