“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 Initiative on Climate Change, Sustainable Development and the Environment, first virtual session on 27 February, 4pm UTC

Read more: New Initiative on Climate Change, Sustainable Development and the Environment, first virtual session on 27 February, 4pm UTC
27 Feb 2019

In preparation of the EADI General Conference “Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice” in June 2020, our Working Group on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development is reaching out for topics, good ideas and new participants.

Re-thinking Development Research

Read more: Re-thinking Development Research
29 Aug 2018

Despite a broad consensus that global problems require global solutions, academia and research remain dominated by Western scholars and epistemologies. Western knowledge and its forms of production are considered as universally applicable and relevant while Southern knowledge(s) continue to be marginalized and/or silenced.

Recommended Readings

Dag Hammerskjöld Foundation, www.dhf.uu.se.

Occasional Paper Series, Centro Dipartementale di Studi Storici e Politici su Africa e Medio Oriente, 2008/2009. Authors: Roberta Pellizzoli, Mario Zamponi et al.

Working Paper Series, Centro Dipartementale di Studi Storici e Politici su Africa e Medio Oriente, 2008/2009. Authors: Roberta Pellizzoli, Mario Zamponi et al.

Transition in Southern Africa. Comparative Aspects. Two Lectures. Nordic Africa Institute (NAI), Discussion Paper No. 10, 2001,  Authors: Henning Melber, Christopher Sauders.

Political Cultures in Democratic South Africa. Nordic Africa Institute (NAI), Discussion Paper No. 19, 2002, Authors: Michael Neocosmos, Raymond Suttner, Ian Taylor.

Re-Examining Liberation in Namibia. Political Culture since Independence. Nordic Africa Institute (NAI), 2003, Editor: Henning Melber.

Zimbabwe - The Policital Economy of Decline. Nordic Africa Institute (NAI), Discussion Paper No. 27, Authors: Suzanne Dansereau, Mario Zamponi.

Limits to Liberation in Southern Africa. The Unfinished Business of Democratic Consolidation. Nordic Africa Institute (NAI), Book, 2003, Editor: Henning Melber.

Legacies of Power. Leadership Change and Former Presidents in African Politics. Book, 2006, Editors: Henning Melber, Roger Southall.

Political Opposition in African Countries. The Cases of Kenya, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Nordic Africa Institute (NAI), Discussion Paper No. 37, 2007, Authors: Henning Melber et al.

Post-Independence Authoritarianism. Journal Development and Cooperation No. 10, 2008, Author: Henning Melber

www2.spbo.unibo.it/dpis/centroafricamedioriente/en/working%20paper_en.html

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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