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CFP: Tea in the Sahara: Exploring Shifting Ethnic Subjectivities on the Saharan Frontier (African Studies Association)

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

This panel asks who are the people of the Sahel (on both sides of the Sahara) and how do they understand their locality as an everyday lived experience. Do they consider themselves to be part of cohesive ethnic groups, or do they conceive of themselves based upon other categories (language, race, etc.)? And how does their quotidian experience allow for the production of groups like al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb? This topic also requires us to ask whether the categories that we, as scholars, use to talk about people in this region are worthwhile. Do they reflect distinctions that people on the ground agree with? Or do they contribute to simplifying complex social phenomena and ultimately help to perpetuate violence?

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