Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

Conference: The Art of Opposition in Africa: Lost Histories

Event Details

Conference: The Art of Opposition in Africa: Lost Histories
Date: 
February 27, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: 
207 Knox Hall

The Art of Opposition in Africa: Lost Histories

8:30am-9:00am -Introductory remarks
9:00am-10:30am - Session 1
Political Biography I: 

* Jim Brennan (University of Illinois) – Structure and Personality in Tanzania’s Political Opposition: The Career of Oscar Kambona, 1955-1992
* Brian Peterson (Union College) – The Promise of Unity: Thomas Sankara and the Leftist Constellation
* Françoise Blum, Ophélie Rillon, Héloïse Kiriakou & Pierre Guidi (Université de Paris I) – The Dictionary of African Protests and Mobilizations: A Long-Term Biographical Project



10:45 am-12:30pm - Session 2
Political Biography II:
* Ophélie Rillon (Université de Paris I) – Out of the Shadows: (Auto)biographies of Women Activists

* Héloïse Kiriakou (Université de Paris I) - Collective Biographies and Legal History: The Conviction of a Generation in the M22 Trial in Congo - Brazzaville (1972)

* Françoise Blum (Université de Paris I) - About a Collective Biography: The Case of FEANF (Fédération des étudiants d'Afrique noire en France)



2:00pm – 3:00pm - Session 3
Dynamics of Opposition Parties and Organizations


* Matt Swagler (Columbia University) - Decolonization’s Discontents: The African Independence Party (PAI) and the Origins of Post-colonial Opposition in Senegal

* Pierre Guidi (Université de Paris I) - A Young Activist Woman during the Ethiopian Revolution: On Hiwot Teferra's Biographical Novel (1972-1986)



3:15pm – 4:15pm - Session 4
Opposition and Elections


* Elisabeth Fink (New York University) – The Promised Land of Electoral Fraud: Electoral Legality and Political Mobilization in French West Africa

* Trey Straussberger (Columbia University) – Rustres and Regionalism in Three Guinean Elections, 1957-1961
4:15pm - General discussion

ADDITIONAL INVITED PARTICIPANTS
Mamadou Diouf (Columbia University)
Moses Ochonu (Vanderbilt University)
Clapperton Mavhunga (MIT)

WORKSHOP ORGANIZED BY
Gregory Mann, g.mann@columbia.edu
Trey Straussberger, jfs2129@columbia.edu
Matt Swagler, mps2154@columbia.edu

GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY
Institute of African Studies, Columbia University
History Department, Columbia University
Joint African Studies Program, Columbia University / Université de Paris I
FACE Foundation, Partner University Fund