“Europe and Transitions in (Southern) Africa” Working Group

Since the end of minority rule in Southern Africa the emergence of a new multi-polarity in the global power relations also directly affected the sovereign states in the sub-region. The WG investigates the impact and shifts at both the domestic levels of societies as well as their positioning in the international context.

What are the core topics?

Core topics focus on if and how power relations are adapted and modified in the local and international context. We look at how governance especially in the Southern African region plays out vis-à-vis the old (Europe) and new external actors.

What are our aims? What do we want to achieve as a Working Group?

We seek to assess social change social, economic and political change as well as state power and other agencies mainly (but not exclusively) in the Southern African region since the end of formal settler-colonial rule under liberation movements as governments.

News

New EADI programme: Develop your talents!

Read more: New EADI programme: Develop your talents!
02 Oct 2017

The EADI Mentoring Programme “Develop Your Talents” provides young scholars with the chance to exchange with someone further advanced in their career. The mentoring does not offer professional coaching to the mentees, but accompaniment on a younger sister/elder sister level. As some of our mentors are also active in the Working Groups, opportunities for further collaboration may arise.

Webinar: EADI Working Group on “Post-colonial Perspectives on and within Development Studies”.

Read more: Webinar: EADI Working Group on “Post-colonial Perspectives on and within Development Studies”.
02 Oct 2017

On 20 October 2017 at 1400 hrs Central European Time (GMT +2 hrs) the EADI Working group will organise a webinar with the following topics:.

1. Dr. Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha, Ph.D Topic: Did Postcolonial Studies fail to emancipate the consciousness of the colonized self? How can one explain the chasm between Postcolonial theory and practice?  2. Dr. Epifania Amoo-Adare Topic: (Un)thinking Science: Critical Literacies for 'Postnormal' Times Dr. Amoo-Adare is Associated Researcher at Center for Development Research (ZEF).

About this Working Group

On occasion of the EADI General Conference in Geneva in 2008, the University of Bologna and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation co-organised a session on Global Governance, SADC and Liberation Movements as Governments in Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The session provided at the same time the opportunity to discuss among the participants further the idea to establish an EADI Working Group on Europe and Africa, with special (but not exclusive) focus on transitional processes in the Southern African region.

The Working Group will recruit several highly competent scholars mainly from within the Southern African region, but also seek collaboration with CODESRIA and scholars based in Europe and elsewhere.

Convenors

Henning Melber
The Nordic Africa Institute
Henning.Melber@nai.uu.se

Mario Zamponi
Centro Dipartementale di Studi Storici e Politici su Africa e Medio Oriente
University of Bologna
Strada Maggiore 45
40125 Bologna
Italy
Tel.: 39-51-2092551
Fax: 39-051-239548
mario.zamponi@unibo.it

Arrigo Pallotti
Centro Dipartementale di Studi Storici e Politici su Africa e Medio Oriente
University of Bologna
Strada Maggiore 45
40125 Bologna
Italy
Tel.: 39-51-2092551
Fax: 39-051-239548
arrigo.pallotti@unibo.it

Prof. Ian Phimister
University of the Free State
PhimisterIR@ufs.ac.za

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