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A Quiet Revolution?: silence and the politics of resistance in Africa

LSE Africa Talks public lecture

Date: Wednesday 12 March 2014
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: CLM5.02, Clement House
Speaker: Professor Ebenezer Obadare
Chair: Dr Wendy Willems

Resistance is often associated with clamorous uprisings in city squares, as seen most recently in the 2011 Arab Spring. However, though they may not be as spectacular, modes of disguised resistance, dictated by the character of rule and the strengths and weaknesses of social forces, are no less salient. With one such example – silence – as its cornerstone, this lecture explores the effectivity of informal strategies as modes of political engagement in Africa. It pursues the theoretical implications for thinking about the state, resistance, agency, civil society, political mobilization, and democratic transformation in Africa.

Ebenezer Obadare (PhD, LSE) is associate professor of sociology at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA. A former award-winning journalist, he has published extensively on the themes of civil society, religiosity and the public sphere, and civic service and citizenship in Africa. He is the editor of the first of its kind Handbook of Civil Society in Africa (Springer, 2013) and co-editor of Civic Agency in Africa: Arts of Resistance in the 21st Century (James Currey, 2014) and four other books. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Civil Society and Review of African Political Economy.

The public lecture will be followed by an informal wine reception and book launch of Civic Agency in Africa: Arts of Resistance in the 21st Century (edited by Ebenezer Obadare and Wendy Willems, James Currey, 2014). Discounted copies of the book will be available.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEsilence

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email Wendy Willems w.willems@lse.ac.uk| or call 020 7852 3738.

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