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Journée d’étude internationale « Droits de l’homme au Sahara Occidental », Sorbonne, 20 octobre 2017

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Objectifs de cette journée: Cet atelier aura pour premier objectif de faire se rencontrer différents acteurs intéressés par ces questions : défenseurs sahraouis, français et européens des droits de l’homme, juristes, avocats, rapporteurs spéciaux de l’ONU, représentants de la société civile française et européenne engagée au Sahara Occidental, universitaires, chercheurs, étudiants. Le second objectif consistera à réaliser un état des lieux des différents acteurs impliqués sur ces questions et de leurs contraintes et capacités à se saisir des différents instruments juridiques mis à disposition par les instances nationales, régionales et internationales. Un focus sera notamment proposé sur les quatre mécanismes spéciaux du Conseil des droits de l’homme de l’ONU (basé à Genève) et sur les opportunités d’actions qu’ils recèlent, mais aussi sur les limites qui pèsent sur leur opérationnalisation. Enfin, un troisième volet important de cette journée sera consacré à un travail collectif autour de pistes d’action et de collaboration entre défenseurs des DH, juristes et chercheurs/étudiants en SHS et en droit. Il s’agira d’identifier, après l’expérience menée par la Clinique du Droit de l’Université de Caen en 2014 et 2015 sur le PIDESC et le PIDCP, de nouvelles pistes de recherche-action et de formation.

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Call for Applications (Postdoctoral Fellowship): Critical Approaches to Politics, Social Activism and Islamic Militancy the Western Saharan Region

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

CAPSAHARA proposes an analysis of the reconfigurations established in the socio-political vocabulary of the western Saharan region from the “post-empire” to the contemporary period. The project should produce an analysis of the social and political structures shared in the region, of the local variations of those structures (based on case studies), their specific configurations based on social markers such as gender, age, and class; in order to understand the recent articulation of the region’s social and political structures with broader and often exogenous political vocabularies. The project’s results should enable the different contexts under study to be integrated into the wider maps of current scientific research, providing, at the same time a dissemination of its outputs to an extended audience. The project is methodologically based on readings associated with different social sciences, with a particular focus on anthropology.

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New Book Announcement : “Sovereignty in Exile A Saharan Liberation Movement Governs,” by Alice Wilson

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Sovereignty in Exile explores sovereignty and state power through the case of a liberation movement that set out to make itself into a state. The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) was founded by the Polisario Front in the wake of Spain’s abandonment of its former colony, the disputed Western Sahara. Morocco laid claim to the same territory, and the conflict has locked Polisario and Morocco in a political stalemate that has lasted forty years. Complicating the situation is the fact that Polisario conducts its day-to-day operations in refugee camps near Tindouf, in Algeria, which house most of the Sahrawi exile community. SADR (a partially recognized state) and Polisario (Western Sahara’s liberation movement) together form an unusual governing authority, originally premised on the dismantling of a perceived threat to national (Sahrawi) unity: tribes. Drawing on unprecedented long-term research gained by living with Sahrawi refugee families, Alice Wilson examines how tribal social relations are undermined, recycled, and have reemerged as the refugee community negotiates governance, resolves disputes, manages social inequalities, and improvises alternatives to taxation. Wilson trains an ethnographic lens on the creation of administrative categories, legal reforms, aid distribution, marriage practices, local markets, and contested elections within the camps. Tracing social, political, and economic changes among Sahrawi refugees, Sovereignty in Exile reveals the dynamics of a postcolonial liberation movement that has endured for decades in the deserts of North Africa while trying to bring about the revolutionary transformation of a society which identifies with a Bedouin past.

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Call for Panelists: “Saharawi Mobility and Change,” 59th Annual African Studies Association Meeting December 1-3, 2016 Washington DC

Monday, February 29th, 2016

What are the contours of mobility and change in Saharawi culture and society, and how has the practice and meaning of these contours changed over time? This panel seeks to explore this topic of mobility and change as it pertains to difference in Saharawi daily lives that are enacted and/or highlighted via processes of socialization, acculturation, adaptation, co-construction, and/or environmental, educational, economic, political, military, social, legal and mediated opportunities and constraints that have and continue to alter local and transnational contexts, and in turn, prospects, preferences and projections for the future of Saharawi praxis, being, and meaning.

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CfP: Considering the Western Sahara: Multi-Discipinary Approaches to Post-Colonialism

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

This special issue aims to provide an interdisciplinary assessment of the representations of the unresolved colonial conflict in Western Sahara. We invite articles that examine the issue from a variety of angles. Some articles might assess ways in which cultural production on the region addresses the impact of the conflict on the West, including the implications of the apparent failure of the post-national project of a united Europe, the opposed interests of Spain and France in the region, the increasing diplomatic prominence of China in the Maghreb, and the changing position of the U.S. Other articles might adopt the perspective of the Arab and African worlds. How does the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic understand its position in the world? What is the role of Saharawi cultural production in promoting that vision? Still others might focus on neoliberalism, globalization and universal human rights. How are political and economic strategic positions packaged and distributed by the cultural industries? How do contemporary representations of the conflict reconcile the apparently irreconcilable notions of national identity in a transnational economic and political order? How are economic and cultural notions of human rights used to argue for and against the independence of Western Sahara? What are the main strategies deployed by both sides of the conflict to advance their position in the arena of public opinion? How do novels, poems, films and documentaries on Western Sahara coincide or differ from other postcolonial cultural production?

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Nueva publicación y DVD: España en África : La ciencia española en el Sáhara Occidental 1884-1976

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

España en África: la ciencia española en el Sáhara Occidental, 1884-1976, contiene un DVD con diez documentales, de una duración media de diez minutos, sobre los aspectos históricos, geográficos, económicos, científicos y culturales de lo que fue esta presencia en el Sáhara Occidental y la relación con sus habitantes originarios; y lo hace mediante descripciones explicativas del desierto y de sus habitantes, con películas e imágenes lejanas y actuales, y con el indispensable apoyo de gráficos, imágenes de satélite y una rica y variada cartografía.

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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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Volunteer archaeology opportunity in Western Sahara

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Volunteers can participate in both reconnaissance surveys and excavations, although more commonly participate in the former. No experience of archaeology or desert travel is required in order to volunteer for reconnaissance survey work. Excavation work can incorporate both experienced and inexperienced volunteers. See below for more details, for requirements for specific seasons of fieldwork (currently October 2009), and for general information about future field seasons.

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