Film Session and Public Debate

Social Movements in Africa – Connecting Research and Activism

This film session looks at contemporary social movements and political activists in different African countries. It focuses on possibilities for action as well as on achievements and pitfalls of movements calling for political transition and social justice on the continent. Following different formats of documentary and cartoon films, a public debate will investigate the (potential) relationships between academic research and political activism. Which place does ‘activist research’ occupy within academia, and what, more specifically, determines scale and limits of collaboration of academia with the ‘outer world’? We will discuss these topics with Eric Wendpanga Segueda (University of Frankfurt), a researcher, political activist, and journalist from Burkina Faso, and Bettina Engels (Free University of Berlin), co-editor of the volume ‘Globale Krisen – Lokale Konflikte? Soziale Bewegungen in Afrika’ (Nomos, 2015).

In collaboration with GlobaLE

Time: Wednesday, 27 June 2018, 8 pm
Venue: Grassi Museum, Johannisplatz 5-11