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Towards a Critique of Democracy in West Africa


Achille Mbembe, WITS

This symposium explores everyday forms of democratic governance in West Africa. It examines not only contemporary modes of governance but also the pan-Africanisms and militarisms of the early postcolonial period that continue to haunt West African political imaginaries today. The papers are attentive to the times we inhabit: after the end of "FrancAfrique," at a moment when new hegemons are plundering the continent, at a time of democracy's global travails. They also remain keyed into new modes of digital and diasporic belonging. Speakers: Achille Mbembe (WITS), Felwine Sarr (Duke), Rose Ngengue (York); Gary Wilder (CUNY), Alioune Sow (Florida), Mamadou Diouf (Columbia) Discussants: Michael Hardt (Duke), Anne-Maria Makhulu (Duke), Sarah Balakrishna (Duke), Laurent Dubois (UVA) SCHEDULE 9:30-10:15 am | Keynote Achille Mbembe, WITS 10:15-12:15 pm | Speakers Mamadou Diouf, Columbia University Alioune Sow, University of Florida Gary Wilder, CUNY Felwine Sarr, Duke University Rose Ndengue, York University 12:15-12:45 pm | Lunch 12:45-1:30 pm | Discussants Michael Hardt, Duke University Laurent Dubois, University of Virginia Anne-Maria Makhulu, Duke University Sarah Balakrishnan Duke University 1:30-3:00 pm | Q&A This event is organized by the Africa Initiative at Duke University and cosponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute.


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