Study Half-Day – African Political Thought and Action : Prominent Figures

 This study half day aims to present and revisit a part of African scholarship and contribution to  knowledge. The speakers involved in this event will each introduce a prominent African  thinker or  political leader and analyse both their biographies and political thought/action in a didactic but  critical way. The event will be an opportunity for all participants to reflect on the conditions in which African scholarship and leadership has emerged. It will also provide an opportunity for  researchers to discuss and compare the often complex trajectories and legacies of these figures during Q&A sessions.


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: Resistance and decolonisation

.                          Chair: Ed Naylor (Portsmouth)

.                          Olivia Rutazibwa (Portsmouth):                              Thomas Sankara

.                          Walid Benkhaled (Portsmouth):                               Fatma N’Soumer

.                          Margaret Majumdar (Portsmouth):                         Frantz Fanon

.                                   Short Q&A

2.30pm                     Short break

2.35pm             Panel 2: 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

3.45pm                         Tea and coffee break

3.55pm                Round Table Discussion (All Panellists)

.                            Chair: Camille Jacob (Portsmouth)

4.55pm             Closing remarks (Dieunedort Wandji, Portsmouth)


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