On May 13th, 2014, Prof.dr. Mirjam de Bruijn, professor of Contemporary History and Anthropology of Africa at the Faculty of Arts at Leiden University, will give a lecture: 'Connecting in Times of Duress: ICT and Political Change in Africa' at Wageningen University.
(THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN MOVED FROM ROOM C68 TO ROOM C62)
The ICT revolution in Africa is hailed for its positive effects on development. How did the ICT revolution change the political landscape in (sub-sahara) Africa? After the Arabic Spring expectations of political change and ICTs were high, but these have so far not been realised. The mobilisation and democratisation power of the technology has still to be proven. Two case studies will open the debate: (new) ICTs, social media and mobile telephony, have been playing diverse roles in the recent war in Mali (2012), the recent politics of oppression in Chad, and it has changed people’s ‘voice’ in politics in these countries. How and why these changes in the political landscape and political culture? And are we observing political revolutions?
Prof.dr Mirjam de Bruijn is Professor of Contemporary History and Anthropology of Africa at the Faculty of Arts at Leiden University and honorary fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town, South Africa.