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Beyond the Periphery : Unpacking African Agency in Global Politics

Colloque international

Le 10 octobre 2016
CERI-56 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris / salle de conférences

In partnership with Center for International Studies (CERI)-Sciences Po, London School of Econonics and Political Science (LSE) and University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa and with the support of Ecole doctorale-Sciences Po, Institut Français d’Afrique du Sud (IFAS) and SCAC-French Ambassy in Nigeria.

9h00-10h00
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

- Pr. Funmi Olonisakin, Founding Director of the African Leadership Centre-Kings College London/ University of Nairobi
African “Agency” in Global Politics : What Does It Entail ?

Discussant : Dr. Karen Smith, University of Cape Town, South Africa

10h00-11h30
PANEL 1 : THE ROLE OF IDENTITY AND IDEOLOGY IN SHAPING AFRICA’S POSITION ON THE GLOBAL STAGE

Chair : Pr. Frédéric Ramel, Center for International Studies-Sciences Po

- Pr. Oka Obono, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
The Role of Berlin and Bandung in the Making of Global Africa

- Pr. Tim Murithi, University of Free State, South Africa
Pan-Africanism and the African Union as a collective international actor

11h30-13h00
PANEL 2 : BEYOND THE STATE : AFRICAN SUBSTATE ACTORS AS AGENTS OF CHANGE

Chair : Dr. Folashade Soule-Kohndou, Center for International Studies-Sciences Po

- Dr. Peace Medie, Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy, University of Ghana, Ghana / Global Leaders Fellow, Oxford-Princeton University
Translating Global Norms into Local Action : The Campaign against Gender-Based Violence in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia

- Akinola Olojo, Université Paris Descartes ; African Leadership Centre-King’s College London, University of Nairobi
Local resilience in the fight against Boko Haram in Sokoto State, and Borno State in Nigeria

14h30-16h00
PANEL 3 : WHO DEFINES THE RULES ? UNCOVERING AFRICAN AGENCY IN INTERNATIONAL RULES-SETTING

Chair : Prof. Chris Alden, London School of Econonics and Political Science, United Kingdom

- Dr. Jonathan Fisher, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Africa’s New Authoritarians : International Assistance and Authoritarian Statebuilding in Contemporary Africa

- Pr. Atta El-Battahani, University of Khartoum, Sudan
A Protracted Quandary of Liberal Peace and Political Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa : Recycling Failures in ‘Greater’ Sudan

16h00-17h00
CONCLUDING REMARKS

- Pr. William Brown, Politics and International Studies Department, The Open University, United Kingdom
Studying Africa and IR : the Potential of Agency

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