The panel focuses on 'citizens' in post-colonial Africa and their relationships with state power and space. The panel will also examine how citizens become intimately acquainted with radical state interventions that seek to reshape and reorder localities
Everyday Citizenship: entanglements of state power, space and citizenship in contemporary Africa
The panel focuses on 'citizens' in post-colonial Africa and their relationships with state power and space. This theme builds upon contemporary approaches to the study of state power in Africa that focus upon the way that both the urban and the rural spaces are politicized and contested through everyday encounters at the 'margins' of the state and society. The panel seeks to examine the complex ways that citizens encounter and seek to challenge and transform state authority in its many guises and as they go through their daily routines. This takes into account social and political processes taking place at the margins of state and society and, asks how they are shaped by the everyday practices of individuals and their social and political institutions. The panel will also examine how citizens become intimately acquainted with radical state interventions that seek to reshape and reorder localities - bearing in mind that the local is situated within a network of spaces, places and scales. The papers to be presented should historicize the relationship between state, citizen, and particular spaces, demonstrating how colonial legacies continue to resurface and inform the interventions of the post-colonial state. The panel will be comprised of four presentations and a discussant who will provide a summarised critique of the papers as a way of setting up further discussions from the attendees.