Beyond the Periphery: Unpacking African Agency in Global Politics

Manifestation
Date : 
10/10/2016

Colloque du 10/10/2016

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

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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: Frédéric Ramel, Sciences Po-Center for International Studies

 

PANEL 1: THE ROLE OF IDENTITY AND IDEOLOGY IN SHAPING AFRICA’S POSITION ON THE GLOBAL STAGE

Chair: Karen Smith, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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

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

 

PANEL 2: BEYOND THE STATE: AFRICAN SUBSTATE ACTORS AS AGENTS OF CHANGE

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

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

 

PANEL 3: WHO DEFINES THE RULES? UNCOVERING AFRICAN AGENCY IN INTERNATIONAL RULES-SETTING

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

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

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

 

CONCLUDING REMARKS

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

Academic Coordinators :

Folashadé Soulé-Kohndou, Sciences Po-CERI
Mohamed Diatta, Sciences Po-CERI
Karen Smith, UCT
Chris Alden, LSE

Credits photo: US Department of State, 50th Anniversary of the African Union, Addis-Ababa, 2013