Terrorism in Africa Workshop

Terrorism Africa

Terrorism in Africa Workshop

Thursday, 28 January 2016 - 10:45am to 7:00pm
Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's College, University of Oxford
Organisers: Dr. Andrea Purdeková, Dr. Andrea Grant and Dr. Jonathon Earle


If you are interested in participating, please register through the following link http://terrorisminafrica2016.eventbrite.co.uk or write directly to andrea.purdekova@africa.ox.ac.uk


January 28, 2016

10:45 – Registration and Coffee

11:15 – Welcome address


11:30- 1:00pm – Panel 1 – Contested Histories

Prof. Tom Lodge (Limerick)

Prof. Bukola Oyeniyi (Missouri State)

Dr. Ben Knighton (Oxford)

Ini Dele-Adedeji (SOAS)


2:30- 4:00 pm – Panel 2 – Securitisation and Regional Circulation

Prof. Jeremy Keenan (SOAS)

Medinat Abdulazeez (Zurich)

Dr. Philippe Frowd (York)


5:00- 6:30pm – Panel 3 – Local Impact and Responses

Prof. Temitope Oriola (Alberta)

Dr. Duncan Omanga (Cambridge/ Moi University)

Rebecca Kuperberg (Oxford)


6:30-7:00pm – wine and nibbles

7:00 – 9:00 (optional) – drinks and dinner at a local pub

Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, ‘terrorism’ has increasingly become a matter of political, public, and academic concern. Yet what exactly do we mean by ‘terrorism’, and how does it apply in an African context? Although recent work has begun investigating terrorism in Africa – principally centred around the groups Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram – a continent-wide, comparative, and interdisciplinary perspective has so far been lacking. It is precisely this perspective that is needed to develop a more robust theoretical and methodological framework to consider the historical and cultural particularities of ‘terrorism’ in Africa. This, in turn, will help us to better understand how various African states and populations have been drawn into the global ‘War on Terror’.

To redress this gap, this workshop aims to bring together scholars from diverse disciplines working on issues related to terrorism across the continent. We invite participants to consider terrorism as both political discourse – addressed to local, regional, and international concerns – and lived experience. How have particular African states been incorporated into the global ‘War on Terror’, and what are the effects of this on social and political life? How has the label of ‘terrorism’ allowed African states to achieve more domestic security goals? What is the lived experience of terrorism for ordinary African citizens? How does ‘terrorist’ violence recall earlier periods of violence in the pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial eras? What is the relationship between religion and terrorism in the African context? Theoretically, what conceptual tools are available to us to develop a more critical approach to terrorism in Africa?

Our aims are as follows:

·         To consider ‘terrorism’ over the longue durée, and the various ways the label has been employed in the colonial and post-colonial eras

·         To consider terrorism alongside work on (in)security, securitization, and democratization

·         To consider terrorism as productive, producing particular kinds of subjects and political effects

·         To consider the ways in which claims to ‘truths’ – religious, secular, political – are employed by terrorist organisations and counter-terrorist policies

·         To consider terrorism in relation to gender and youth


We look forward to welcoming participants to Oxford next week!