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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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North Africa: a complex cultural miscellany (Part II)

The following is the second part of Dr Kamal Salhi’s reflections on problems relating to culture in North Africa. The first part appeared on 16 May 2017 and is available under ‘Related Posts’, and can also be found via the ‘Archive’ tab. Thanks go to Dr Margaret Majumdar for her assistance. North Africa: a complex cultural miscellany (Part II) Culture is not constituted solely by our collective images of ourselves, but also by our collective images of others. And those inherited images may be utterly destructive. The mere fact that a habit of mind is authentic does not mean that it is helpful. Prejudices, patronizing generalizations, false assumptions, and contemptuous attitudes may be deeply rooted, venerable, and steeped in tradition. Conversely, toleration and a willingness to embrace diversity and sympathy for people unlike ourselves may be the products of very recent experience: hence the hasty description of cultures or peoples who lack any official status as ‘minority’ or ‘marginalized’ groups, even though in North Africa they actually make up a majority of the population and have deeper roots there than the ruling caste. North Africans may eventually develop a way of describing the pre-colonial cultures in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt by reference […]

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