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CAS Annual Conference - Mining and Political Transformations in Africa

CAS Annual Conference - Mining and Political Transformations in Africa: Mining and Political Transformations in Africa
Date and Time
24th Apr 2014 09:00 - 25th Apr 2014 17:00
Chrystal Macmillan Building, University of Edinburgh

Mining and Political Transformations in Africa

International conference jointly sponsored by

the Centre of African Studies (CAS) and the Global Development Academy

University of Edinburgh

April 24-25, 2014

Conference Proceedings

Conference Themes:

The past decade has seen an unprecedented growth in mining activity across Africa, characterized by increased investment in the large-scale mining sector and increased numbers of people involved in artisanal and small-scale mining. New questions are being raised about the relationships between mining, local politics and national political transformation. Global strategies for promoting “good resource governance” are being actively debated.

The CAS Annual Conference in 2014 will explore the multifarious practices and discourses of mining and political change in Africa. Our aim is to promote cross-disciplinary dialogue and broaden the scope of conventional discussions of mining by examining the strategies of national and international actors, from government policymakers and international development agencies to mining companies, non-governmental organisations and other facets of civil society.

The conference will explore how Africa has become the setting for diverse mining reform experiments, conflict prevention initiatives, corporate responsibility projects and security sector changes, leading in turn to new innovations in critical research approaches and strategies for cultivating research/policy linkages. We invite participants to examine the ways in which mining matters in Africa and the political transformations at stake.


Conference poster