At last month’s ROAPE Connections workshop in Dar es Salaam (16-17 April, 2018), activists and activist-scholars came together to discuss radical political economy and struggle in Africa. Over two days debates explored contemporary activism, resistance and research across the continent.
The workshop was the second of three in Africa between 2017-2018. The first was held last year in Accra, Ghana (material, blogposts and videos from Accra can be found here). The third will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2018. The workshops link analysis and activism in contemporary Africa from the perspective of radical political economy.
Among the questions that were raised in Tanzania were the lessons that can be drawn from revolutionary historical transitions, including the Russian revolution, and the demise of colonialism in Africa. In what ways do economic crisis, land alienation and dispossession, unemployment and migration generate local resistance and what forms have resistance to the increased financialisation of globalisation taken? And what alternatives to (neoliberal) capitalist social and economic transformation are being debated in Africa?
In this blogpost roape.net publishes the first in a series of short interviews conducted at the workshop. We hope these posts will continue the discussions started in Accra and Dar and draw in other voices.
Interview with Brian Kamanzi
Interview with Peter Dwyer
Interview with Issa Shivji (and Peter Lawrence)
Interview with Trevor Ngwane
Interview with Sabatho Nyamsenda
Interview with Muthoni Wanyeki
Interview with Tina Mfangwa and Monika Shank
Interview with Noosim Naimasiah
Interview with Tamás Gerőcs
Interview with Norah Owaraga
Interview with Karl von Holdt
Interview with Simon Rakei
Interview with Godwin Murunga