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Seminar (Leiden): Violence, Informal Authority and Conflict Resolution in Kano, Nigeria

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

For several decades, northern Nigeria has been plagued by recurrent episodes of low-level, high-intensity collective violence in the form of riots, communal clashes and now attacks by Boko Haram. In the context of metropolitan Kano, the major urban centre of the region, this seminar will consider some of the ways in which this violence can be prevented or reduced. More specifically, it will analyse the agency of informal authorities in conflict resolution: traditional rulers, religious leaders, ethnic community leaders and neighbourhood elders. It will argue that while some areas of peace building and conflict resolution fall exclusively within the mandate of formal state authorities, informal authorities can play an important role in shaping public intergroup perceptions and (de)mobilizing for collective violence. Authorities outside the state therefore have considerable potential for ‘discursive’ influence regarding conflict and violence, complementing the more material and coercive power of the state.

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CFP: US militarization of the Sahara-Sahel: Security, Space and Imperialism (4 Jan 2010)

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

The Concerned Africa Scholars Bulletin is currently compiling papers, interventions and reviews for a special issue on the post-9/11 US securitization of the Sahara-Sahel region of West Africa. We are seeking contributions that will elucidate and dissect the various logics and effects of the increased US military presence in the countries of Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Algeria and Morocco. Contributions other countries in the region — e.g., Nigeria, Chad, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Tunisia, Libya — will also be warmly welcome.

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