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Recolonizing Africa or Decolonizing France?: Waithood, Protest and Violence in West Africa

Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Seigle Hall, 306
Harry & Susan Seigle Hall

Anti-French political sentiments and military coups continue to multiply in West Africa. Many young Africans are stuck in the limbo of “waithood”. The lack of socioeconomic opportunities they face has resulted in a wide range of reactions and responses. This presentation will examine the exacerbation of violence in West Africa and possible solutions via the involvement of Sufi Muslim leaders in political dialogues.


Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Arts & Sciences


Humanities & Society



African and African-American Studies

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Event Contact

Shelley Mitchom

Speaker Information

El Hadji Samba Amadou Diallo received his doctorate in History and Social Anthropology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, France. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. His most recent book is Sciences et Confréries Soufies au Sénégal: Approches Nouvelles de la Violence et de la Démocractie (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2022). 

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