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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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