Political Crisis in Mali
November 11, 6:30 PM, Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall (424 Santa Teresa, map)
Political Crisis in the Sahel
Jeremy Keenan (University of London), “Why are the Tuareg being demonised in the Sahel””
Greg Mann (Columbia University), “Mali: From Democracy to ‘terrorist haven’ and back again?”
Moderator: Sean Hanretta (Stanford University)
Jeremy Keenan (University of London), Sean Hanretta (Stanford University), and Greg Mann (Columbia University) will discuss the contemporary political crisis in Mali and West Africa.
[Co-sponsored by Center for African Studies and the Stanford Humanities Center.]
Jeremy Keenan is Professor of Social Anthropology in the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Exeter. His research focuses on the issues of development, security, militarization and counter-terrorism. As an internationally recognized analyst on the Sahara-Sahel region, Prof. Keenan advises numerous government organizations, international agencies, and NGOs in the region, and is a regular contributor to many international media networks. He is the author of many books, including The Dying Sahara (2013), The Dark Sahara (2009), and The Lesser Gods of the Sahara: Social Change and Contested Terrain Amongst the Tuareg of Algeria (2004).
Gregory Mann is Associate Professor of History at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He specializes in the history of Francophone West Africa and of Mali in particular. His first book, Native Sons: West African Veterans and France in the 20th Century, won the 2006 David Pinkney Prize awarded by the Society for French Historical Studies. Prof. Mann is currently working on a book manuscript, analyzing the rise of novel forms of political rationality in the post-colonial Sahel. Among his most recent publications are “The Mess in Mali” (Foreign Policy, 2012), “Between Empire, umma, and Muslim Third World: The French Union and African Pilgrims to Mecca, 1946-1958” (Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, 2007), and “Locating Colonial Histories: Between France and West Africa,” (American Historical Review, 2005).
Sean Hanretta is Associate Professor of History and the Ford Dorsey Director of the Center for African Studies at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in African History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on the intellectual, cultural and religious history of West Africa. He is currently working on a long-term project on the history of Muslim wedding and funeral reform in Ghana, as well as smaller projects on higher education in West Africa, the pan-Africanist intellectual pioneer Edward Wilmot Blyden, and the West African-Northern Irish polymath R.E.G. Armattoe. Prof. Hanretta is the author of many publications, including Islam and Social Change in French West Africa: History of an Emancipatory Community (2009), “ ‘Kaffir’ Renner’s Conversion: Being Muslim in Public in Colonial Ghana” (Past & Present, 2011), and “Gender and Agency in the History of a West African Sufi Community: The Followers of Yacouba Sylla” (Comparative Studies in Society and History, 2008).