Ep. 119: A conversation with Shamiran Mako and Valentine Moghadam on “After the Arab Uprisings”

In their upcoming book, “After the Arab Uprisings: Progress and Stagnation in the Middle East and North Africa,” Shamiran Mako and Valentine Moghadam share their work on democracy and social transformation in North Africa after the Arab Spring. In an interview with Rachel, Mako and Moghadam talk about the six years of research leading up to the book and explain the four key frameworks of their analysis: state and regime type, civil society, gender relations and women’s mobilizations, and external influence.

There’s no news wrap this week, but you can still see what we’re reading, listening to, and learning this week in the show notes on our website, ufahamuafrica.com. … More Ep. 119: A conversation with Shamiran Mako and Valentine Moghadam on “After the Arab Uprisings”

Ep. 107: A conversation with Jacqueline-Bethel Mougoué on gender, identity, and nationalism in Cameroon

Jacqueline-Bethel Mougoué is an assistant professor of gender and sexuality in African Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her conversation with us, she highlights her work in Cameroon on gender, identity, and nationalism, which has culminated in the publication of a new book, “Gender, Separatist Politics, and Embodied Nationalism in Cameroon.”

As we continue our celebration of Black History Month, we share what we’re paying attention to right now. In addition to a film recommendation in this week’s news wrap, Kim explains what is going on with COVID-19 vaccines in Africa, Rachel explains a case of environmental activism in South Africa, and more. … More Ep. 107: A conversation with Jacqueline-Bethel Mougoué on gender, identity, and nationalism in Cameroon

Ep91. A conversation with Peace Medie about gender and conflict in Africa, writing research and fiction, and more

The news wrap in this week’s episode offers tribute to Malawian economist and thinker Thandika Mkandawire, discusses COVID-19’s economic impacts, and more.

This week’s conversation is with Peace Medie (@PeaceMedie), a Senior Lecturer in Gender and International Politics at the University of Bristol. Her research examines gender, politics, and conflict in Africa. During a conversation we recorded at the African Studies Association annual meeting, we talk about campaigns to end gender-based violence, writing both academic research and fiction, the ethics of research in African politics, and more. During that chat, we talk about what she found when researching her newly published book, Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence against Women in Africa and we talk about her forthcoming debut novel, His Only Wife, which listeners can pre-order now. Her segment begins at 9:28.

As a content note to our listeners, our conversation touches on Peace’s research, which includes women’s reporting of sexual violence and rape to the police. … More Ep91. A conversation with Peace Medie about gender and conflict in Africa, writing research and fiction, and more

Bonus: A review of Milli Lake’s book on NGOs and gender justice in Congo and South Africa

In this bonus recording, hear Ufahamu Africa host Kim Dionne read Laura Seay’s (@texasinafrica) review of Strong NGOs and Weak States: Pursuing Gender Justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa, a book by LSE political scientist Milli Lake (@MilliLake).  The review was published as the tenth installment of the African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular (#APSRS19), and this recording is being shared as part of a collaboration with The Monkey Cage (@monkeycageblog), a blog on politics and political science at The Washington Post. … More Bonus: A review of Milli Lake’s book on NGOs and gender justice in Congo and South Africa

Ep72. A conversation with Susanna Wing on intergroup violence and instability in Mali

In this week’s episode, we start with news about LGBTQ rights in Botswana, Russian interference in African countries’ domestic politics, and east African governments announcing increased spending on infrastructure. We also mention the upcoming book launch for Jeffrey Paller and Noah Nathan’s respective books at CDD-Ghana on June 19th.

This week’s conversation is with Susanna Wing, associate professor of political science at Haverford College. She is author of the award-winning book, Constructing Democracy in Transitioning Societies of Africa: Constitutionalism and Deliberation in Mali, that was later published in paperback in 2010 as Constructing Democracy in Africa: Mali in Transition. Earlier this week Susanna wrote a helpful explainer piece about the recent violence and instability in Mali, which we talk about in this week’s episode. Our conversation begins at 11:11. … More Ep72. A conversation with Susanna Wing on intergroup violence and instability in Mali