from 07 to 09 April 2016
African Socialism / Socialism in Africa

It is high time to give Africa its rightful place in the global historiography of socialism and to socialism its right in the History of Africa.
Historians of socialism systematically forget Africa.

Yet many African states professed “African” or scientific socialism, many African political actors used the theoretical toolbox drawn from the Marxist tradition. It offered support for the political advancement of colonial populations and the building of post-colonial States.

The USSR, China, Cuba, offered ready-to-use models. Some states even tried to invent their own forms of African socialism, adapted to the specific conditions of Africa and true to its theoretical roots.

The conference will consider all African countries – North and South, East and West Africa – and aims to be strongly interdisciplinary. It will promote a broad understanding of the word “socialism”, following a flexible approach.

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Practical Informations

Location & transports

  • 7 & 8 april • CNRS • site Pouchet, 59 rue Pouchet, 75017 Paris
    Subway : ligne 13 station Brochant • Bus : ligne 66 arrêt La Jonquière ; ligne 31 arrêt Guy Môquet ou Brochant-Cardinet • RER C station Porte de Clichy
  • 7 april (soir) • Maison des métallos, 94, rue Jean-Pierre-Timbaud, 75011 Paris
    Subway : ligne 2 station Couronnes • Bus : ligne 3 station Parmentier
  • 9 april • Université Paris 1 • site Panthéon, 12, place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris
    RER B station Luxembourg • Bus : lignes 21, 27, 38, 82, 84, 85, 89 arrêt Luxembourg


Scientific and steering* comitee
Maria Benedita Basto* (CRIMIC-IMAF/Paris Sorbonne), Rémy Bazenguissa (IMAF/EHESS), Jean-Philippe Béja (CERI/Sciences Po), Pascal Bianchini (CESSMA/Paris 7), Alain Blum (INED/EHESS), Françoise Blum* (CHS/CNRS), Pierre Boilley (IMAF/Paris 1), Michel Bonnin (CECMC/EHESS), Frederick Cooper (New York University), Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Columbia University), Mamadou Diouf (Columbia University), Jean-Pierre Dozon (FMSH), Sabine Dullin (Sciences Po), Babacar Fall (Fastef/Université Cheikh Anta Diop), Odile Goerg (CESSMA/Paris 7), Pierre Guidi* (Ceped-IRD-IMAF), Pascale Goetschel (CHS/Paris 1), Héloïse Kiriakou* (IMAF/Paris 1), Gilles Morin (CHS/Paris 1), Gregory Mann (Columbia University), Martin Mourre* (IMAF/EHESS), Pap N’Diaye (CHSP/Sciences Po), Céline Pauthier* (CESSMA/Paris 7), Bernard Pudal (Nanterre Paris-Ouest), Malika Rahal (IHTP/CNRS), Françoise Raison (CESSMA/Paris 7), Ophélie Rillon* (LAM/CNRS), Alexis Roy* (IEDES/Paris 1), Johanna Siméant (CESSP/Paris 1), Fatou Sow (CESSMA/Paris 7/Codesria), Sylvie Thénault (CHS/CNRS), Elena Vezzadini* (IMAF/CNRS), Serge Wolikow (Centre Georges Chevrier/Université de Bourgogne).


Localisation : 7&8 april - CNRS - Site Pouchet / 7 april (soir) - Maison des métallos / 9 april - Université Paris 1
Download: Programme colloque socialismes africains(1).pdf
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