P038
Liberation diplomacy and the African city

Convenors:
Mélanie Torrent (Université Paris Diderot)
Stream:
Panels
Location:
NB004
Start time:
29 June, 2017 at 9:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

Emphasising the impact of location on diplomatic cultures and practices, this panel investigates the relationship between African cities and liberation movements, from the struggle against European rule to contemporary fights for political, economic and social rights, in Africa and beyond.

Long abstract:

Emphasising the impact of location on diplomatic cultures and practices, this panel investigates the relationship between African cities and liberation movements, from the struggle against European rule to contemporary fights for political, economic and social rights, in Africa and beyond. Historians have stressed the impact of Accra on Panafricanism, Cairo and Tunis on Algeria's war of independence, Algiers' Panafrican Festival on the Black Panther movement and Lusaka on Zimbabwe's independence negotiations. Development studies have also stressed the impact of large-scale international conferences on the African cities that hosted them and on the means to promote rights in the city - as urban space and as polis. Focusing on specific conferences, cities or issues, from streets and neighbourhoods to the global scene, this panel therefore invites papers on the following topics: - The relevance of the African city, both as a space for diplomatic action and as an analytical category for academics - The impact of liberation diplomacy on definitions and practices of African cities - Comparisons between urban/rural sites of negotiations - The impact of the diplomats' urban/rural roots on negotiations - The influence of diplomatic conferences on how diplomats and NGOs include town and country in their agendas - Africa and city diplomacy - The use of public space and redefinition of cultural venues, as cause/outcome of international conferences - Liberation diplomacy and the democratisation of African urban/rural space Papers reflecting on global cities, migration, regionalism and transnationalism are also welcome.