Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

Conference: The Art of Opposition in Africa: Lost Histories

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

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

Gregory Mann,
Trey Straussberger,
Matt Swagler,

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