Flashpoints and Deep Trends: Critical Cases for Politics in Africa

Thursday, November 8, 2012

9:30 am- 12:30 pm

Patrick Boyle, Loyola University
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Newberry Teachers' Consortium

This seminar provides an introduction to politics in contemporary Africa through the lens of four critical case studies, each one tracing a path from colonial realities to current challenges and opportunities. While the conditions for the development of prosperous societies and viable states are present in many countries in the region, the realization of these goals remain elusive. The cases examined will be Kenya and the Rule of Law; The Sudan and State Fragmentation; Nigeria and the Interplay of Religion and Ethnicity; and, Zimbabwe and the Perils of Single Party Rule. The seminar argues that while the legacy of colonialism has certainly diminished in each case, the challenges for contemporary politics are no less daunting.

Cost and Registration Information 

For registration information please contact Charlotte Wolfe at wolfec@newberry.org