Point Sud conference

Struggles for ‘democracy’ in Africa before and during the pandemic - Encounters from the Global North and South


 

Conference location: Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, CREPOS.
Conference location: Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, CREPOS.

 

Conveners:

Lamine Doumbia, Social Anthropology, German Historical Institute, Centre de recherches sur les politiques sociales, UCAD II, Dakar, Senegal – Fellow of MIASA – University of Ghana
Antje Daniel, Sociology, Department of Development Studies, University of Vienna, Austria
Louisa Prause, Political Science, Latinamerica Institute Freie Universität Berlin
Nina-Kathrin Wienkoop, Head of Programme Democracy and Society; Helmut-Schmidt Foundation
Sabrina Zajak, Head of Department at the at the German Center for Migration and Integration Studies (DeZIM) e.V., and Professor at the Faculty of Social Science at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.

Abstract

Social movement research is still predominantly concerned with protest and activism in the Global North. While scholars based in Latin America have pushed the research on Latin American social movements as well as theory building, protests in Africa and their relationship to the theoretical debates in social movement studies have only recently come into focus.

The literature on African social movements largely focuses on the so called ‘Arab Spring’ while the ‘African Uprisings’ that took place since the mid 2000ds all over the continent received less attention. Yet the there is a vast diversity of mobilizations such as mobilization for regime chance, anti-mining movements or protests against large-scale agro-industrial projects, labour movements, mobilization for women’s rights or the rights of the LGTBQI* community or recent mobilizations for environmental justice and against the climate crisis. These movements not only claim more democracy, but also practice different forms and principles of democracy from within. While there is a considerable amount of interesting research and theorizing being produced from within the different countries, this research continuous to be largely invisible in the international social movement literature.

This conference aims to bring together researchers from Africa and other world regions, including Latin America, Asia and Europe to gain a more nuanced picture of the existing empirical knowledge on social movements and protests in Africa and their link to democratization processes. It will contribute to portray a nuanced picture of these movements and protest events with their various links to democracy thorough fostering an inter-regional and interdisciplinary debate between researchers. The conference also pays attention on how the pandemic situation affected the dynamics between social movements and (de-)democratization in different localities, while at the same time putting these struggles in a historical and global perspective. Through the conference we intend to introduce theories and concepts from the Global South, especially African states, into international research on democratization and social movements. We also discuss how this Southern perspective helps us to uncover preexisting Northern prejudices in the conceptualization of social movements in terms of democratic statehood and practices.

The conference takes place from 16.-19. November as a hybrid event at University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal. The conference is organized in cooperation with The Research Committee 47 of the International Sociological Association, Social Movements and Social Classes (RC47), and also builds upon the existing African research networks which were established at previous Point Sud Conferences.

 

 

 

 

Workshop Programme Point Sud 2021

Luttes pour la "démocratie" en Afrique - Rencontre avec des chercheurs et des militants du
Nord et du Sud

 

Preliminary Program: Workshop Point Sud, Dakar 17. – 20.11.2021
Note the final program will be available end of Ocotber

Day 1 Wed. 17 Nov. 2021

Time

Programm

09h00 – 10h30

 

10h30 – 11h00

  Coffee break

11h00 – 12h30

 

12h30 – 14h00

Déjeuner

14h00 – 15h30

 

15h30 – 16h00

Pause-café

16h00 – 18h00

Welcoming (Point Sud and CREPOS)

Dr. Amadou Dramé 3mn: Mots de bienvenue

Welcome by Lamine, Loisa, Antje, Nina and Sabrina

“New waves of protest in pandemic times in different world regions”

Geoffrey Pleyers, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, ISA Vice-President for Research

(tba)

Breno Bringel State University of Rio de Janeiro.

“The Indian farmers’ movement in the time of Covid 19”

Simin Fadaee, Sociology, Manchester University

“Logiques dé-coloniales et visibilisation des invisibles: les mobilisations sociales et citoyennes des collectifs de jeunes en Afrique de l'Ouest. Le cas de Y en a marre”

Saliou Ngom & Cheikh Niang (IFAN-UCAD)

Moderation: Sabrina Zajak (online)

19h00

Dîner

 

Day 2 Thu. 18 Nov. 2021

Time

Program

09h00 – 10h30

Social movements and democracy in Africa

Bond Patrick Bond, University of Witswatersrand, South Africa

Prof. Georg Klute, University of Bayreuth

Mbuso Nkosi, University of Witswatersrand, South Africa

Sarah Kirst, Freie Universität Berlin

10h30 – 11h00

  Coffee break

11h00 – 12h30

Social movements and democracy in Africa 

Fodié Tandjigora, Université de Lettres et Sciences Humaines de Bamako

Mamadou Bodian, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar

Eloise Betrand, University of Warwick

12h30 – 14h00

Déjeuner

14h00 – 15h30

Afternoon

Online: Event: peer-to-peer PhD exchange across different world regions

 

15h30 – 16h00

Pause-café

16h00 – 18h00

 

19h00

 

 

Day 3 Fri. 19 Nov. 2021

Time

Program

09h00 – 10h30

Democracy within social movements in Africa

Akua Opokua Britwum, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Dieter Neubert, Sociology, University of Bayreuth

Tidiane Ndoye Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Dep.    Sociologie

Ndiouga Benga, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Dep. Histoire 

10h30 – 11h00

  Pause-café

11h00 – 12h30

Democracy within social movements in Africa

Abdoulaye Niang, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar

Judith Altrogge,IMIS Institute of Migration Research and Intercultural Studies), University of Osnabrück: Janick Schritt

N.N

12h30 – 14h00

Déjeuner

14h00 – 15h30

 

15h30 – 16h00

 

16h00 – 18h00

Excursion to   Y’en a marre’s office

 

19h00

Dîner

 

Day 4 Sat. 20 Nov. 2021

Time

Program

09h00 – 10h30

Morning: Thinking beyond the box and moving forward.

Coming together to discuss the key findings of the conference in terms of conceptualization and ways forward.

10h30 – 11h00

  Pause-café

11h00 – 12h30

Next plans for the next ISA world congress:

https://www.isa-sociology.org/en/conferences/world-congress/melbourne-2023

Planning of joint publication

Geoffrey Pleyers (ISA Vice-President for Research) and Sabrina Zajak (Vice-president of ISA Research Committee on Social Classes and Social Movement (RC47)

12h30 – 14h00

Déjeuner

14h00 – 15h30

  End of the workshop

15h30 – 16h00

Pause-café

16h00 – 18h00

 

19h00