This workshop will explore the role of history in explaining the post-independence political development of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and the
wider Great Lakes region. It will explore the role of history in its continuing crises of governance and conflict. Speakers will analyse how contemporary problems are
informed by claims made about the recent past, in regard to the inclusion and exclusion of particular political forces and variously defined ethnic and regional
The workshop will also investigate the role of academic and intellectual practice and the direct engagement of academics, both African and western, in the political
discourses and conflicts of the region. By exploring this case in which normative boundaries between intellectual and political activities have frequently dissolved, the
workshop will raise wider questions regarding the role of intellectual activity in
African political life.
Session 1: Congo – speakers: Ludo de Witte (to be confirmed), Lars Huening
Session 3: The future - Speakers from the Congolese community in Sheffield and a
roundtable on the Congolese elections in 2011.
This event is free for staff and students and a buffet lunch will be provided. Funding for travel costs is available to research students of the Universities of Bradford, York,
Sheffield and Leeds. If you would like to attend, please contact Lars Huening (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have questions on any other aspect of the event,
please contact Miles Larmer (email@example.com).
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