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Spatial Practices of Postcolonial Governance: Inequalities, Exclusions and Potentials

1-2 September 2015, Cardiff University

The Postcolonial Governmentalities workshop, entitled 'Spatial practices of postcolonial governance: Inequalities, exclusions and potentials' was held on the 1st to 2nd September 2015 at Cardiff University. The keynote speech was delivered by Joanne Sharp (University of Glasgow).

Spatial practices of governance were used as a colonial tool to regulate populations in multiple ways, from the control of migration to the demarcation and spatial restriction of groups according to categories of race and religion. These practices resonate today through the institutionalisation of surveillance mechanisms, exclusionary urban gentrification, and migration policies that secure the movement of populations within and across borders. Examining these urban technologies of regulation can help us understand the power dynamics that shape various transnational inequalities and social divisions. These spatial practices of governance also draw on and reflect complex political landscapes that influence processes of identity-formation, shaping meanings of citizenship and notions of difference. At the same time, in discussing governance, we must consider the negotiations of power that emerge through forms of resistance and counter-conduct in relation to these unequal spatial practices. Finally, while spatial governance is often critically discussed as an undesirable exertion of authority, this should not foreclose the productive, and indeed emancipatory, potentials of governance.

Format and Plans: This workshop, included panel presentations, discussions and a methods café, bringing together academics and doctoral students working with postcolonial governmentality and spatial approaches.

Key Speakers: The keynote speech was delivered by Joanne Sharp (University of Glasgow) and the workshop concluded with a roundtable chaired by Ambreena Manji (Cardiff University). Discussants, chairs and roundtable participants included Laura Routley (Newcastle), Jutta Weldes (Bristol), Mark Jackson (Bristol), Robbie Shilliam (QMUL), John Harrington (Cardiff), Simon Philpott (Newcastle), Christian Bueger (Cardiff) and Paul Bowman (Cardiff).

Sponsors: This workshop was co-sponsored by the Poststructural Politics (PPWG), Colonial, Postcolonial and Decolonial (CPD) and Africa and International Studies Working Groups from the British International Studies Association (BISA), and Cardiff University's School of Law and Politics.

This workshop is a follow-up to one held last year titled 'Postcolonial Governmentality: Theory, sites and practices'. Since then, we have organised a panel for the BISA conference this June in London under the sponsorship of the CPD Workin Group. For more information on the last workshop and updates, please visit our website at http://pocogov.wordpress.com/.


BISA Annual Conference 2015

16-19 June, London

The BISA Africa and International Studies working group sponsored five panels at the 40th annual BISA conference:

  • Bringing Africa 'back-in': A Critical Exploration of Neopatrimonialism, State Failure and Other Africanist Theories of Nonfulfillment (convenor, Marta Iniguez de Heredia)
  • Contemporary pathways of African states: IR, statehood and change (convenor, Will Brown)
  • Green Africa: Environmental politics and transformations in governance (convenor, Carl Death)
  • Dominance and Disparity: Sub-Saharan Africa and the Inequalities of Power within the Global System (convenor, Simon Chin-yee)
  • Political legitimacy in Africa: construction and contestation (convenor, Kathy Dodworth)

New Political Topographies: Trans-boundary Flows, Power and Legitimation in Africa and Beyond

The CAS Annual Conference, Edinburgh, 28-29 May 2015, entitled 'New Political Topographies: Trans-boundary Flows, Power and Legitimation in Africa and Beyond', and part sponsored by the BISA Africa and International Studies working group.

See the blog post by Kathy Dodworth and the CAS website.


BISA PGN conference 2015

At the third annual BISA PGN conference, 30 March 2015, King's College London, the BISA Africa and International Studies working group sponsored two panels:

  • National security and state formation in post-colonial environments
  • Socio-economic inequality in Africa

See http://bisapgn.com/events/past-conferences/bisapgn-annual-conference-2015/


Public speaker series: Britain and Africa after 50 #britainafrica50

The working group ran a series of high profile public events in 2014 entitled 'Britain and Africa after 50' to reflect upon the past, present and future of British-African relations.

6 February 2014: Cardiff
Britain and Africa after 50: Social justice and development
Speakers: Richard Dowden (RAS), Edwin Egede (Cardiff University), Khadija Sharife (journalist)
Hosted by the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, Temple of Peace, Cardiff.
Storify - Britain and Africa after 50

27 February 2014: Edinburgh
Britain and Africa after 50: Trade and natural resource extraction
Speakers: Humza Yousaf (Scottish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development), Martin Plaut (former BBC Africa correspondent), Claude Kabemba (Southern Africa Resource Watch)
Hosted by MSP Sarah Boyack at the Scottish Parliament, sponsored by the University of Edinburgh and Research Centre Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood, FU Berlin.
Please click here for more information including photos of the event.
Blog: Is conflict free fair enough?
Blog: Sam Spiegel

21 November 2014: Birmingham
Britain and Africa after 50: Reflections on UK-Africa relations
Speakers: Mark Simmonds MP, former UK Africa Minister (2012-14) will reflect on his time as Africa Minister and the future of UK-Africa relations.
Podcast
Paper

About the series:
On 12 December 2013 Kenya celebrated 50 years of independence. By the end of 1964 most of British Africa (with the exceptions of the Gambia, Bechuanaland, Basutoland, Rhodesia and Swaziland) was independent. Fifty years later, the relationship between Britain and Africa remains contested and enthralling. Africa occupies a 'special place' in the British national psyche – as well as in the development architecture and the academy. From the Anglophone African perspective, it is fair to say that Britain often occupies a unique place, with both positive and negative dimensions.

The relationship between Britain and Africa has changed considerably over the past fifty years, but some issues have remained central to that relationship: development and aid, conflict and peacekeeping, commerce and corruption. Other new issues have arisen: new communication technologies, climate change, the African Union, a changing global balance of power and the 'turn to the East' in Africa. 2014 is thus an appropriate moment to reflect upon the past, present and future of British-African relations. Through this series the intention is to contribute to public and political debate, and raise the profile of the research done by members of the working group and BISA.


BISA International Conference 2014

18-20 June 2014, Dublin, Ireland

The BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group sponsored one panel at the 2014 Annual Conference:

  • Neighbours and Neighbourliness in Africa (Presentations by Julia Gallagher and Jonathan Fisher, Danielle Beswick as discussant)

At the PGN conference we supported two panels:

  • West African conflicts (Presenters: Nansata Yakubu, Paul Julius, Robtel Neajai Pailey)
  • Conflict in Sudan and the region (Presenters: Hagar Taha, Winnie Bedigen, Cathy Huser)

The Practice of Ethnic Diplomacy: Exploring Relations between Non-state Nations

10 June 2014, LSE

Speakers: Professor Luis Beltrán (University of Alcalá) and Marta Iñiguez de Heredia (University of Cambridge)
Chair and Discussant: Professor Iver Neumann (London School of Economics)

The seminar on The Practice of Customary Diplomacy: Relations between Non-State Nations offered initial findings of a study of proverbs relating to the external relations of several ethnic groups in DRC. Prof. Beltrán explained the peculiar characteristics of African states, including their ethno-cultural pluralism and socio-cultural dualism, which binds ethnic groups by state and customary law. He also explained the commonalities and differences between different groups' diplomatic practices. Iñiguez de Heredia gave an overview of the project, and identified the embedded conflict resolution practices in customary institutions. Reverend Kunga spoke about the legacy of Simon Kimbangu. Prof. Neumann's comments highlighted 'reciprocity' as an important insight from the proverbs, and recommended to expand the analysis of envoys, of counter-proverbs and on similar literature working in other areas of the world. The audience posed questions about the use and possible change of proverbs, the meaning of practices, particularities of different groups and current relevance of Simon Kimbangu.


Sierra Leone Research Community - Roundtable Event

From Peacebuilding towards Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Sierra Leone’s Future

6 December 2013, London School of Economics and Political Science

Since the end of the vicious civil war (1991-2002), Sierra Leone's transition from conflict to peace and development has often been portrayed as a success story. Following three consecutive peaceful elections (2002, 2007, 2012), Sierra Leone was recently also classified as a 'Low Income State' and is no longer considered as a 'Fragile State' by the International Monetary Fund. Moreover, the U.N. Security Council will be reviewing a report on the U.N. mission in Sierra Leone UNIPSIL, focusing on the mission drawdown and transition to a U.N. country team. The Sierra Leone Government is eager to continue this trajectory away from the country's violent past, to become a beacon of development. The Agenda for Prosperity, launched in July 2013 anticipates that Sierra Leone will become a middle-income country by 2035, and a net lender within 50 years, with 80% of its population over the poverty line. Despite Sierra Leone's significant achievements since the end of the war, various challenges remain.

This roundtable discussion addressed some of these challenges as well as emergent opportunities facing Sierra Leone going forward. It was attended by roughly 24 people participated (in addition to the speakers) and thanks to Ade Daramy's fantastic skills as a chair the discussion and Q&A turned out to be very lively and interactive. Many Sierra Leoneans (including one member of the High Commission) participated. Participants considered questions such as:

  • How could Private Sector Development complement the current developmental agenda of the country? What role should the Sierra Leonean Government play in Private Sector Development? How can Sierra Leone promote more Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives from its current investors?
  • What is the nature of the "corruption" problem and how can it be tackled?
  • What can be done to address youth underemployment, intergenerational power imbalances and underlying conflict between elders (such as chiefs and politicians) and youths?
  • Have the international community and the Government of Sierra Leone been successful in promoting the public health care system in the course of the peacebuilding process?
  • Which aspects of peacebuilding and development processes had and continue to have a particular good or bad track record?

The round table was followed by an open discussion on the future challenges for Sierra Leone.

PDF Speakers and Programme (PDF document, 62 KB)

Blog - From Peace-building towards Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Sierra Leone's Future


Teaching Africa and International Studies

Three working-group sponsored workshops on 'Teaching Africa in International Studies' in 2013, in Cambridge, London and Cape Town.

The first of the workshops took place at the University of Cambridge on 19 April 2013. A programme of the day's speakers and themes is given below.

PDF Download the Cambridge workshop programme (PDF document, 120 KB)

The second workshop took place at Royal Holloway, University of London on 17 June 2013. The programme is given below.

Further information is available on The Higher Education Academy event page
PDFDownload the Royal Holloway, Univeristy of London workshop programme (PDF document, 47 KB)

A final workshop took place at the University of Cape Town on 26 September 2013. The programme is given below:

PDFDownload the University of Cape Town workshop programme (PDF document, 170 KB)

The workshops have been kindly supported by The Higher Education Academy and BISA, through the Working Group for Africa and International Studies. The workshops will result in an edited volume and website bringing together the insights and ideas shared. For updates from the workshops please visit The Higher Education Academy blog.


BISA Annual Conference 2013

20-21 June 2013, Birmingham, UK

The BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group sponsored three panels:

  • 'Fair', 'Transparent' and 'Conflict-Free' Resource Governance Initiatives: Their impacts on local extractive environments and the 'inclusive' development agenda in sub-Saharan Africa
  • International development post-2015: From millenarianism to sustainability
  • Re-thinking the Regional Security Complex(ities) in Africa

Visit the BISA website for further information


Crowdsourcing Africa

2 April 2013, San Francisco, ISA conference Venture Research Workshop

The ISA funded the pre-conference Venture Research Workshop proposed by Rob Blair in response to the joint request from the BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group and the APCG. The title of the workshop was 'Crowdsourcing Africa: New Communication Technologies in Politics and Social Science' and it was held before the 2013 ISA conference in San Francisco, on 2 April 2013. A very successful session was held, with a range of fascinating papers. For more details of the papers and the follow-up please contact Rob Blair, robert.blair@yale.edu.


Working Group funded workshop

Thursday 19 July - Friday 20 July 2012, Queen Mary University of London

'Post-post' independence? African political thought, contemporary protest and the international.

For further information please see the workshop programme (PDF document).


Somalia: Negotiating the balance between 'African Solutions' and international responses

Wednesday 11 July 2012, University of Birmingham

For further information please see the workshop programme (PDF document).


BISA-ISA Joint international conference

Wednesday 20 June – Friday 22 June 2012, Edinburgh

The BISA Africa and IS Working Group has four panels at the upcoming conference in June.

Thursday 21 June, 11.30-13.00

Session 6 Panel 16: South African in the Global Political Economy
Chair: William Brown
Discussant: Scarlet Cornelissen
Lucky Asuelime and Jethro Abel: Building with BRICS: a burgeoning dynamic for South Africa
Helen Yanacopulos: South Africa: reluctant and aspiring middle power
Stephen Hurt: The transnationalization of post-apartheid South Africa
Timothy Shaw: Towards and IPE of Africa's 'Renaissance': for whom?

Friday 22 June, 11.30-13.00

Session 10, Panel 5: Governing and contesting African environments
Chair: Carl Death
Discussant: Chukwumerije Okereke
Alice Bullard: Environmental Governance: Interpreting the Events of 1989 via Climate Change
Cyril Obi: Is the Peace by the State Enough? Understanding the Dialectics of the Amnesty Programme in Nigeria's Niger Delta
Carl Death: Planning for sustainable development in Tanzania
Rachel Perks: The Indigenisation of the Mining Sector in Zimbabwe: What Future for Small-Scale Mining?

Friday 22 June, 14.00-15.30

Session 11 Panel 8: African agency in international politics
Chair: Stephen Hurt
Discussant: Timothy Shaw
Karen Smith: Africa to send troops, food parcels to UK as riots spread
Tom Cargill: African Agency and UK Policy
Scarlett Cornelissen: Neoliberalism's pasts and futures in Africa and implications for development trajectories
William Brown: Still 'agency in tight corners'? Analytical notes on African agency in international politics

For further details of the programme, please visit the BISA web site.


BISA 2011 – Manchester Conference Centre

The BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group has four sponsored panels at BISA annual conference (see www.bisa.ac.uk for more details)

Wednesday 27 April – Friday 29 April 2011

Wednesday, 13.00-16.30
1.1) Advancing the neoliberal cultural transformation in Africa: Sites, actors, leverages
Working Group: Africa & IS
Convenor: Jörg Wiegratz (Sheffield)
Chair: Jörg Wiegratz (Sheffield)
Discussant: Carl Death (Aberystwyth)
Sarah Bracking (Manchester) Investment capital and tax havens: bringing in neo-liberalism through the bankers' door
Sophie Harman (City) Governing Health Risk in Africa by Buying Behaviour
Nadine Beckmann (Oxford) The commodification of misery: Markets for healing, markets for sickness

Wednesday, 13.00-16.30
1.13) The Emerging Post-Washington Consensus: What Impact for International Aid and Domestic Policies in Africa?
Working Group: Africa & IS
Convenor: Elsje Fourie
Chair: William Brown (Open)
Elsje Fourie (Trento) Modernisation Returns to Africa: Ethiopia's Emulation of the East Asian Model
Lord Mawuko-Yevugah (Athabasca) Democratizing Development? The Politics of Good Governance and Development Policy Reform in Ghana
Rachel Tate (Leicester) Can Development Corridors Now Produce Sustainable Domestic Outcomes in Mozambique?
Isaline Bergamaschi (Warwick) Is a Post-Washington Consensus Emerging in Africa? The Case of the Cotton Sector in Mali

Thursday, 14.30-16.00
4.3) Africa and Theory I: Exposing conceptual limits
Working Group: Africa and IS
Convenor: Meera Sabaratnam (LSE)
Chair: Sophie Harman (City)
Discussant: Sophie Harman (City)
Branwen Gruffydd Jones (Goldsmiths) Patrimonialism, personal rule and other wretched concepts: a postcolonial critique
David Williams (City) Making Agency: African States and IR Theory
Meera Sabaratnam (LSE) The manacles of (uneven and combined) development: can we be released?
Teresa de Almeida Cravo (Cambridge) Perceptions of 'success' and 'failure' in the development community: the cases of Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau

Thursday, 16.30-18.00
5.3) Africa and Theory II: Re-imagining international relations
Working Group: Africa & IS
Convenor: Meera Sabaratnam (LSE)
Chair: Branwen Gruffydd Jones
Disscusant: Branwen Gruffydd Jones
Carl Death (Aberystwyth) Foucault and Africa: Governmentality, IR theory, and the limits of advanced liberalism
Cyril Obi (The Nordic Africa Institute) Local Conflicts and Africa's IR: Any Lessons for IR Theory?
Julia Gallagher (Royal Holloway) The researcher as protagonist: how to make the most out of difference
Jeremy Larkins (Leeds) Coloniality and the Renaissance Expansion of International Society


Building states and civil societies in Africa: Liberal interventions and global governmentality

Workshop: Department of International Politics Aberystwyth University.

26-27 January 2011

PDF Download conference programme


Nigeria: the biggest and the best?
50 years of independence

African Studies Centre, Coventry University, in association with Chatham House are hosting one of the most important academic conferences on Nigeria this year.

Wednesday 10 November 2010

St Mary's Guild Hall, Coventry, 10:00 - 17:30

The aim of this one-day international conference is to bring together leading social and political commentators to review the past 50 years of independence and to examine some of the challenges for the future for Africa's most populous nation.

For further information, please contact Prof. Bruce Baker (Bruce.Baker@coventry.ac.uk)


African Studies Association (UK) Biennial Conference

16-19 September 2010, University of Oxford

Please visit the African Studies Association (UK) Biennial Conference website for more information.


Rural Economies in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Global Politics of Local Change

14 September 2010, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Warwick

Please send a paper title and abstract to Ben Richardson, B.J.Richardson@Warwick.ac.uk, by Friday 2 July 2010.

PDF Download the call for papers


Africa and the Historical Sociology of 'the international'

26 May 2010, The Open University, Camden, London

Collaborative workshop hosted by the BISA Working Groups on Historical Sociology and IR and Africa and International Studies

Spaces are limited and advance registration is necessary. For registration, contact William Brown, w.brown@open.ac.uk.

PDF Download the workshop programme


PSA/BISA Annual Conference

29 March-1 April 2010, Edinburgh

The working group is sponsoring the following panel at the PSA 2010 annual conference.

Africa intervened: Redefining sovereignty or emancipation?

Convenor: Marta Iniguez de Heredia
Chair: William Brown
Discussant: Will Brown

Session 1 (Tuesday 30 March, 11:00 - 12:30), Merchant's: Great Hall

Marta Iniguez de Heredia (LSE)Statebuilding challenged: unarmed resistance as a form of reinventing the future
Patience Kabamba (Emory University, Atalanta) Transnational production of local community in the Kivus from the debris of the Congolese State
Mesfin Berouk (Institute for Security Studies, Addis Ababa) Foreign Intervention in the Horn of Africa
Karen Treasure (University of Plymouth) and Richard Gibb (University of Plymouth) The Theory and Practice of Empowerment in Africa: From 'Subjective' Emancipation to 'Objective' Subjugation

Africa has undergone powerful changes in the last two decades, which have created opportunities for development and increasing independence. However, its most recent armed conflicts and pervasive poverty are a sign of how much of the continent is still far back on the road towards greater levels of freedom and social justice. These pressing needs have propelled a series of military and civilian interventions in the form of peacekeeping missions, development programmes and policies for revamping governments, economies and state apparatuses as a whole. Indeed, much of the peace and conflict studies as well as the development literature have claimed that these interventions are a form of neo-colonialism. On the ground, these missions are contested but some also welcome them. A question this raises is whether Africa is still advancing its emancipation today or whether sovereignty is being redefined and new power relations are emerging.

The present panel addresses these questions by analysing several military, development and diplomatic interventions, as they are operationalised on the ground. Emphasis is put on the unintended consequences of these different intervening practices, including how populations respond and how the interventions are contested but also utilised as opportunities to change the social, economic and political landscape.

Please visit the PSA/BISA Annual Conference website for more information.


BISA Annual Conference 2009

14 – 16 December 2009

The Working Group sponsored the following panels at BISA Annual Conference 2009, University of Leicester.

PANEL 1: Global Civil Society in Africa: Critical Perspectives and Practices I

Convenor: Carl Death (Dublin City)
Chair: Stephen Hurt (Oxford Brookes)

Sarah Bracking (Manchester) – Power-sharing, unity agreements and 'African solutions to African problems': comparative paths to 'democratic' governance in Kenya and Zimbabwe
Carl Death (Dublin City) – Power and Protests: Representing Civil Society in South Africa at the 2002 Johannesburg Summit (PDF document, 240 KB)
Clive Gabay (Open University) – Disciplining anti-poverty: The Global Call to Action (GCAP) against Poverty and the MDGs in Malawi (PDF document, 135 KB)

PANEL 2: Global Civil Society in Africa: Critical Perspectives and Practices II

Convenor: Carl Death (Dublin City)
Chair: Carl Death (Dublin City)

Morten Boas (Oslo, Institute for Applied International Studies) – MEND me: violence as empowerment in the Niger Delta (PDF document, 633 KB)
Mark Duffield (Bristol) – Urbicide in Sudan: International opposition or complicity? (PDF document, 300 KB)
Cyril Obi (Nordiska Afrikainstituet, Uppsala) – Selling Security or Engendering Conflict? Transnational Private Security Actors in Nigeria's Oil-rich Niger Delta (PDF document, 120 KB)

PANEL 3: EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements: Power Asymmetry, Policy Leverage and Negotiating Dynamics

Convenor: William Brown (Open University) and Tony Heron (Sheffield)
Chair: William Brown (Open University)

Tony Heron (Sheffield) – Understanding the Cariforum-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (PDF document, 200 KB)
Stephen Hurt (Oxfrod Brookes) – Economic Partnership Agreements: The Southern African experience (PDF document, 130 KB)
Stephen Buzdugan (Manchester) – The internationalisation of the state in southern Africa through regionalism: the SADC and the EPAs within an emerging 'Aid for Trade' agenda (PDF document, 340 KB)


Forum of Young Scholars in International Relations and Water Governance

The first conference of the forum will be held in November 2009.

More information about the project concept.
For further details please contact Inga Jacobs, IJacobs@csir.co.za, or Shanna Nienaber, SNienaber@csir.co.za.


Africa International: agency and interdependency in a changing world

9 October 2009

Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs, London

This workshop is a collaboration between the Chatham House, Royal Institute for international Affairs and the BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group and is jointly funded by BISA, the Open University and Chatham House. It has two main aims:

  • To explore analysis of African political agency in the international system and the ways in which African agency, both state and non-state, shapes a range of interdependent relationships between Africa, the UK and other western powers.
  • To bring together scholars working in the field of International Studies and UK-based policy makers in order to highlight the contributions that leading academic research in IS can make to our understandings of African agency in the international system and the key UK foreign policy concerns that are raised.

The workshop is organised into three thematic areas: economy; security and politics and diplomacy. The workshop will conclude with some cross-theme reflection on both the prospects and constraints on African agency in the international system, as well as on the opportunities and obstacles for scholarly work in International Studies to contribute to UK policy-making on Africa.

More information about the programme and presentation summaries

Conference summary (385 KB)

Papers
David Black - Canada, the G8, and Africa: the rise and decline of a hegemonic project? (PDF document, 202 KB)
David Frost - Why there are differences between policy and academic world (PDF document, 109 KB)
Julia Gallagher - Britain 'doing good' in Africa: what opportunities for African agency? (PDF document, 35 KB)
Marcus Power and Giles Mohan - Towards a critical geopolitics of China's engagement with African development (PDF document, 157 KB) This paper will be published in the journal Geopolitics in 2010
Cyril Obi - Transnational Security and African States (PDF document, 68 KB)
Thomas Kwasi Tieku - Solidarity intervention: Emerging trends in AU's interventions in African crisis (PDF document, 78 KB)
Paul D Williams - The Responsibility to Protect and African International Society (PDF document, 61 KB)


ISA Annual conference 2009

February 2009

The BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group sponsored the following panel at the ISA Annual Convention in New York.

African states, development and international relations

Chair and discussant: Dr Helen Yanacopulous (Open University)
Convenor: Dr William Brown (Open University)

Dr Stefan Andreasson (Queens University, Belfast): Indigenisation and socio-economic transformation in Southern Africa
Teresa de Almeida Cravo (Harvard) Hegemonic Legacies in post-colonial Africa: the case of Mozambique
Lord Mawuko-Yevugah (Alberta) The politics of participatory poverty reduction and the (re) construction of development space in Ghana
Dr William Brown (Open University): States, development and the aid relationship: legacies and prospects of combined development

Working Group participants and papers presented at the Convention (PDF document, 70 KB)


BISA Annual Conference 2008

15-17 December 2008

The BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group sponsored the following panels at BISA annual conference at the University of Exeter.

Africa and international studies

Convenor: William Brown (Open University)
Chair: William Brown (Open University)

Discussant: Miriam Prys (Oxford)
Timothy M. Shaw (University of the West Indies) Africa and Global Relations/Studies: Lessons From/For the Continent
Morten Boas (FAFO, Norway) A Funeral for a Friend: Contested Citizenship and Belonging in the Liberian Civil War
Dustin Dehéz (Dusseldorf Institute on Foreign and Security Policy) Ethiopia's Hegemonial Role: Setting Standards?

Political economy of trade and health governance in africa

Convenor: Antoinette Valsamakis (Birmingham)
Chair: William Brown (Open University)

Antoinette Valsamakis (Birmingham) Engaging with the World: Corporate South Africa and the Rise of Non-OECD Multinationals in Global Economic Governance
Sophia Price (Open University) Reforming EU-Africa Relations: A Case Study of the EU and SADC
Sandra J. MacLean (SFU, Canada) A New Scramble for Africa: The Struggle on the Continent to Set the Terms of Global Health  


New directions in IR and Africa

July 2008

The Working Group held its inaugural workshop at The Open University in July 2008

William Brown (Open University) Social Development and International relations: reconsidering the aid relationship
Scarlett Cornellissen (Stellenbosch University) Migration as re-territorialization: migrant movement, sovereignty and authority in contemporary Southern Africa
Sara Dorman (University of Edinburgh): State formation and stateness in Africa: studying 'hard' states in a weak system
Emmanuel Fanta (UN University, Belgium): Politics of (non-)integration and shadow regionalism in Africa
Stephen Hurt and Magnus Ryner (Oxford Brookes University): Social forces in the EU's 'Post-Washington Consensus' Africa Policy: the case of South Africa
Marcus Power (Durham University) and Giles Mohan (Open University) The Geopolitics of China's engagement with African development
Karen Smith (University of Stellenbosch)Has Africa Got Anything to say?: African contributions to the theoretical development of IR
Oscar van Heerden (University of Cambridge) South Africa's Experience of the Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) with the European Union from 1995 to 2005

Workshop programme (PDF document, 22 KB)

Several of the papers were later published in a special issue of the journal Round Table.


BISA Annual Conference 2007

The Working group sponsored the following panels at BISA annual conference at the University of Cambridge in 2007.

The political economy of transformation southern africa

Stefan Andreasson (Queens University, Belfast): Southern Africa beyond development: potential for a post-development dialogue across the Global South
Stephen Hurt (Oxford Brookes University): The transnationalisation of post-apartheid South Africa
Stephen Buzdugan (Manchester University): The New Regional Politics of Development in Southern Africa: the case of the Southern African Development Community

The role of norms in HIV, water and intervention

Walter Lotze (St Andrews University) The Right, the responsibility and the refusal to protect: humanitarian interventions in Sudan
Inga Jacobs (St Andrews University) Holding the Fugitive Resource Hostage? The impact of Global Norms/Norm Development on Joint Water Resource Management in the Orange and Nile River basins.
Jing Gu (IDS, Sussex University) Development norms and the Private Sector: the Political Economy of Chinese Private Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa


BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group