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Socio-political transformations in the African Great Lakes Region in the postcolonial perspective 
Joanna Mormul (Jagiellonian University)
Kateřina Ženková Rudincová (University of Ostrava)
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Politics and International Relations (x) Decoloniality & Knowledge Production (y)
Philosophikum, S84
Wednesday 31 May, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

The panel addresses the socio-political transformations in the African Great Lakes region with the focus on the African perspective, as well as the possibility of sharing experience with other parts of the world.

Long Abstract:

The socio-political transformations in Sub-Saharan African states are most often led by the application of Western concepts in the African context, which are later internalized by African governments, NGOs, and citizens of African states. In the panel we are interested in the interdisciplinary research on socio-political transformations in the African Great Lakes region, during which their actors and trajectories can be identified and understood. It is also interesting how these actors perceive the originally Western concepts related to development and modernity and how they internalize them. How we can define what is an "African agency" in the process of internalization of these concepts and norms? What kind of societies are being created because of interaction between Western norms/concepts and lived African realities? In the African Great Lakes region, we can find the examples of states that seem to have undergone successful socio-political transformation (Rwanda) or have been on the way to achieve it (Kenya, Tanzania), as well as the ones that are still struggling with serious political and social issues (Burundi, the DRC, Uganda). In the panel we would also like to discuss the possibility of sharing experience between the African Great Lakes Region states and other parts of the world that have experienced a successful socio-political transformation (e.g. Central Europe).

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Session 1 Wednesday 31 May, 2023, -