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Power and Popular Politics in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa

Online Workshop:
Friday 1 December 2022, 2pm-4pm

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Meeting ID: 979 3517 0064
Passcode: 373128

This collaborative project focuses on histories of power and popular politics as a way into studying Anglophone and Francophone Africa. Paradoxically, these regions are often studied in isolation from each other, mimicking former colonial boundaries rather than allowing for points of convergence. Transcending a division that diminishes our understanding of Africa, this workshop aims to generate new ideas and approaches whilst also acknowledging both difference and shared historical experience.


 Florence Bernault (History, Sciences Po):
Youth, Police, and Urban Gangs: Historicizing Bébés Noirs and State Violence in Congo-Brazzaville

 Florence Brisset-Foucault (Political Science, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne):
“Okwekalakasa”: Crowds, Violence and Discipline in Twentieth-Century Buganda

 Ruth Watson (History, Cambridge):
Crowds and Protest in the History of Lagos, Nigeria