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First Yorkshire African Studies Network (YASN) Conference

Friday 10 June 2011

Location: University of Leeds - details confirmed with booking

The first YASN conference will include coffee, lunch and drinks, but has limited space. Those interested in attending should contact Karen Cereso directly to reserve a place (

Event sponsored by the Review of African Political Economy

South Sudan and after: rethinking borders and revisiting migration after the referendum

The referendum on South Sudanese independence held in January 2011 is a potentially momentous event in post-colonial African history. The first annual conference of the new Yorkshire African Studies Network will consider the outcome of the referendum and its wider impact on African borders and migration. 

9.15am: Registration

9.45am: Introduction and Opening Remarks

10.00am-12 noon: Panel 1 - South/Sudan

  • Harry Verhoeven (Oxford): ‘The Economics of Southern Sudan's Secession. Life Beyond Scary Statistics?’
  • Tumaini Minja (York): ‘Transitional Justice from below: the South Sudan experience’
  • Mareike Schomerus (LSE): ‘The great success story and facets of decision day: unsettling elements of the referendum process’
  • Nicki Kindersley (Durham): ‘Identifying the New Sudanese: the South Sudan referendum and the history of defining Sudanese nationality’

12 noon – 12.45 Panel 2 - Voices from the Sudanese diaspora

  • Osama Zuman (Leeds Met): 'A socialist perspective on the SPLA and the new state’
  • Filomena Francis (Bradford): ‘Reflections on the civil war and future prospects’

 12.45 – 2.00pm: LUNCH

2.00pm-3.45pm: Panel 3 - Borders and Precedents

  • Wolfgang Zeller (Edinburgh): ‘Borderlands and Secessionism in Africa - Zones of Protracted Conflict or Sites of Emerging Sovereignties?'
  • Steve Kibble (Progressio) and Michael Walls (UCL): ‘What makes Somaliland's case for recognition so different?’
  • Giuliano Martinello (Leeds): ‘Ivoiritè and the fractures of ethno-nationalism’


4.00pm -5.00pm: Panel 4 - Migration and refugees

  • Hannah Cross (Leeds): ‘West African migrants, EU borders and global capitalism: mobility in the Maghreb and Spain’
  • Lionel Cliffe (Leeds): ‘Zimbabwean migrants and remittances’

5.00 – 5.40pm ROUNDTABLE: What future for the African nation state?


Free of charge only with advance booking: email to book your place. Travel expenses available for non-Leeds Yorks based PGs.