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Separatism and irredentism: rethinking the past, present and future of the nation-state in Africa 
Felix Oyosoro (Veritas University, Abuja)
David Ayekene (Norwegian Refugee Council)
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Felix Oyosoro (Veritas University, Abuja)
Politics and International Relations (x) Violence and Conflict Resolution (y)
Philosophikum, S54
Wednesday 31 May, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

Africa has a history of separatism. These peaceful and often violent agitations reshape, expand, and reinvent African statehood. They demonstrate African states' fragility. This panel will discuss security, geopolitical, political, and economic issues In the light of African separatist dynamics.

Long Abstract:

From the North to the South and from the east to the west, irredentist and separatist dynamics have become recurrent in Africa. Morocco (Western Sahara), Somalia (Somaliland), Nigeria (Biafra), Senegal (Casamence) and Cameroon (Ambazonia), to cite only a few, have become spasmodic theatres of nationalist agitations. In epistemological reflections, disciplines such as political science and sub-disciplines such as strategic studies accord them a modest place. Nevertheless, the return of separatist demands in countries such as Senegal and Cameroon and the growth of irredentist movements demonstrate the urgency of the significance of these issues and the epistemologically unsatisfactory nature of our understanding of these objects of study. These agitations sometimes peaceful and most times violent continue to reshape, expand or reinvent the trajectory of statehood in the continent. Instead of resurrecting old conflicts, these movements destroy territorialities from within States. They point to a common thread, that of the fragility of the African states born of colonization. This panel seeks to explore current security, geopolitical, political and economic issues in the light of irredentist and separatist pressures in Africa. It intends to identify innovative research avenues on irredentism and separatism in Africa. Contributions that espouse these channel of reflection will be considered.

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Session 1 Wednesday 31 May, 2023, -