18 Nov Making Connections: Accra, November 2017
ROAPE and TWN (Third World Network) held its first workshop in Accra on 13-14 November. Sixty activists and activist-researchers from across the continent discussed radical political economy and structural transformation in Africa. Over two days we had wide-ranging discussions and debates, pulling in a variety of radical perspectives, from research and activism on the continent. The workshop was the first of three on the continent, the second will be held in April in Dar es Salaam in 2018 and the final one in Johannesburg in September, 2018. The workshops aim to link analysis and activism in contemporary Africa from the perspective of radical political economy.
Over the coming weeks, roape.net will be posting blogs, short interviews and comments on the workshop. We hope these posts will do two things. Firstly, continue the discussions started in Accra, and draw in other voices and perspectives (the first of these blogs and videos can be found here).
Please contact roape.net if you would like further information on these workshops.
Details of the ROAPE workshops
ROAPE Workshops: 2017–2018 (with the support of the Journal of Southern African Studies)
Radical transformations in Africa today: interventions from the left
An opportunity for activists and scholars to contribute to a series of three linked workshops in Africa. Each two-day meeting will debate current challenges and prospects for Left analysis and action. We plan to publish a selection of papers in the Review of African Political Economy as well as videos, interviews and blogs on the website.
November 2017 in Accra, Ghana; April 2018 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; September 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The workshops will link analysis and activism in contemporary Africa from the perspective of radical political economy, and will be organised around three linked themes:
- Africa in a ‘post-crisis’ world, global capitalism and imperialism.
- Economic strategy, industrialisation and the agrarian question.
- Resistance and social movements in Africa.
The first part of each workshop will explore this common agenda, ensuring continuity and connectivity with the previous meeting. The workshops will bring together key speakers from Africa and elsewhere, combined with a call for local contributions and interventions.
Within the overall themes we encourage contributions which challenge orthodox thinking and might address the following questions:
- Is a new politics emerging from sites of contestation in Africa?
- What potential exists for revolutionary activity in Africa and international solidarity in the 21st century following the current crises in capitalism?
- What part do organised workers and peasants play in popular resistance in Africa?
- To what extent do political, social and economic issues drive resistance to neoliberalism?
- What lessons might be drawn from revolutionary historical transitions, including the Russian revolution, and the demise of colonialism in Africa?
- How do we understand processes of state formation in Africa following liberation movements, with the frequent betrayals of revolutionary promise?
- What is the impact of limited industrialisation and the scramble for African resources on both urban and rural populations and the potential for organising resistance?
- Do economic crisis, land alienation, unemployment and migration undermine local resistance?
- To what extent are struggles over globalising capitalism also gender struggles?
- What alternatives to (neoliberal) capitalist social and economic transformation are being debated in Africa?
If you would like to take part in these debates please contact Ray Bush at firstname.lastname@example.org and for more information on the content of the workshops please download the synopsis here.