New Political Topographies
- New Political Topographies: Trans-boundary Flows, Power and Legitimation in Africa and Beyond
- Date and Time
- 28th May 2015 09:00 - 29th May 2015 16:00
- Chrystal Macmillan Building, University of Edinburgh
Hosted by Centre of African Studies with New Political Topographies Project/Politics and International Relations (PIR)
This conference examines how the proliferation of new political actors and/or new modes of political action have affected political order in Africa and beyond. It explores how new trans-boundary connections, particularly those related to transnational, corporate, non-governmental (NGOs) and para-statal actors, shape political topographies: What new topographies of power and authority have they cultivated at local, national and transnational levels? How ‘new’ are these developments in practice? How is legitimacy constructed and contested under these conditions? How do these developments shape our understanding about statehood in ‘most of the world’ (Chatterjee 2004)?
The vibrant debates that surround new political topographies in Africa are the springboard for this workshop. We will be building on explorations of re-spacing, authority and governance beyond the state such as Callaghy et al. (2001), Mbembe (2002), Hansen/Stepputat (2006), Nugent/Engel (2010), Abrahamsen/Williams (2010), Hönke (2010) and Lund (2006), and relate it to cutting-edge work on transnationalised sites in a range of other regional contexts. We will also engage with new work in international political sociology and geography tackling method(ologies) for mapping emerging political topographies. Together, these various strands provide the basis for thinking through new political topographies from Africa/'most of the world’ and the implications of such thinking for a better understanding to the future of global politics.
- BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group
- BINKS Trust
- Edinburgh University SSPS Centre of African Studies
- New Political Geographies