EUCOR Cross-border Workshop Series: The trouble with the state: Boundaries and Networks in Africa

Lectures
October 25, 2021
From 09:15 until 12:45

Nouvelle conférence vidéo avec pour sujet : "EUCOR Cross-border Workshop Series: The trouble with the state: Boundaries and Networks in Africa."

Pour participer l'inscription est nécessaire : https://www.arnold-bergstraesser.de/en/eucor-cross-border-workshop-series-the-trouble-with-the-state-boundaries-and-networks-in-africa

Topic :

The state is a central concept for the study of power, domination, and socio-political change across the social sciences. Its usefulness is however contested, especially in African contexts where the Eurocentric ideal-type of the state stands in marked contrast to political realities on the ground. This raises a number of crucial questions: Through what concepts can one grasp the prominent role of trans- and international connections, networks, and NGOs that influence what statehood stands for?

What is the territoriality of the state in view of the importance of transnational social spaces? How are the physical and/or discursive boundaries of states contested, changed, and re-enforced in the context of migration? How can general concepts like boundaries and networks advance an understanding of politics that goes beyond both Eurocentric universalism and Africanist exceptionalism? And what are the implications of such theoretical considerations for development and peacebuilding practitioners working in Africa?

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