Panel "The social production of war veterans in Africa, 20th-21st centuries. Identity processes and political re-mobilization", Vereinigung für Afrikawissenschaften in Deutschland (VAD) Conference

Place
Frankfurt am Main
Venue
Goethe Universität
Host/Organizer
Camille Evrard, Madrid Institute for Advanced Study; Martin Mourre, Deutsche Historisches Institut-Paris/Centre de recherches sur les politiques sociales; Romain Tiquet, Institut des mondes africains, CNRS
Date
22.09.2020 - 25.09.2020
Deadline
15.03.2020
By
Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists

This panel would like to draw attention to the emergence of veterans' groups in Africa. From a historical point of view, several studies have recently focused on the participation of African soldiers from the British and French empires in world wars and wars of decolonization. The notion emerging out of Political Science of post-conflict has led to a reconsideration of local arenas for the production of public policies. However, little attention has been devoted exclusively to veterans in Africa from both a historical medium-term conjuncture and a resolutely comparative perspective. Concentrating on identity formation defined through the shared experience of military violence allows us to ask a series of questions about the dynamics of contemporary Africa.

Possible contributions could focus on biographical trajectories, whether related to war trauma, career paths in policing professions or as a spokesperson for certain causes. The hope is that papers will also seek to understand the normative aspect of the war experience. For example, the study of associations set up in post-conflict situations provides an interesting framework for understanding the processes of politicization, or even clientelization. Finally, the various papers will deal with the mobilization, or the forgetting, of colonial history, or the struggles for national liberation during the 1970s and 1980s in broader collective histories, through commemorations or links between different generations of soldiers.

Please, submit your proposal until mars 15th through this link:

http://vad-africachallenges.de/programme/panels/a-28/?task=add_abstract

Kontakt

Camille Evrard
evrardcamille1@gmail.com

Martin Mourre
martinmourre@hotmail.com

Romain Tiquet
romain.tiquet@gmail.com

Citation
Panel "The social production of war veterans in Africa, 20th-21st centuries. Identity processes and political re-mobilization", Vereinigung für Afrikawissenschaften in Deutschland (VAD) Conference, 22.09.2020 – 25.09.2020 Frankfurt am Main, in: Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists, 14.02.2020, <www.connections.clio-online.net/event/id/termine-42532>.
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