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School of Politics and International Relations

‘African Awakenings? Interpreting contemporary African protest’ - Panel Event

19 July 2012

Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm

Venue: Africa Centre, 38 King Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8JT

Panel: iroze Manji (Pambazuka Press); Yash Tandon (South Centre, SEATINI); Bayo Oyenuga (Enough is Enough/Occupy Nigeria); Ayanda Kota (Grahamstown Unemployed Peoples’ Movement (South Africa)); Patricia Daley (University of Oxford)

Event info
This event explores the rash of anti-government and anti-capitalist protest which has exploded across Africa in the wake of the global financial crisis. The 'Arab Spring' has taken most of the attention during this period, but we should not forget that these events also occurred on African soil. What then of protests we have seen taking place in Malawi, Cote D'Ivoire, Nigeria, Gabon, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Swaziland, Uganda and Mozambique, to name a few?

As well as their national significance, do these protest movements have implications for broader pan-African peoples' movements? Do they represent a new stage in African peoples' democracy? Queen Mary College, University of London, is pleased to bring together this collection of activists and scholars who can give up-to-the-minute analysis of currents in contemporary African protest movements.

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