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DAFF 25A04 - « Rebels », « Bandits », « Fighters »?: Assessing contestation in the Sahara-Sahel region

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This seminar aims at analysing the different types of contestation in the context of the Sahara-Sahel region in the years 2000. The actors and their practices will be at the heart of the discussions in order to understand their various relations toward the figure of the State. The sessions will deal both theoretically and empirically with the political, social and economic realities of war-torn or unstable environments, with a particular focus on Mali, Niger and Libya. Security issues will be approached through a ground perspective but also according to the attempted diplomatic and military responses given by national, regional and foreign States. The main objective of this seminar is to illustrate as concretely as possible the entanglement of the logics and interests of both State and non-State actors in a region that seems to incorporate all the evolving aspects of current conflicts.


POUPART, Pauline C. (Etudiante doctorante)

Course validation

Assessments: - Oral presentation of 10 minutes (in pair) on the weekly mandatory reading: Presentation of the main ideas and examples, critical perspective to initiate discussion with the class. (10% of the final grade). - Written pop quiz on the weekly mandatory reading (10 % of the final grade). - Oral presentation of 10 minutes (in pair) on the given topic for the session (30 % of the final grade). - Final paper of 8 to 10 pages (40 % of the final grade). - Participation in class: discussion of the texts, involvement in debates, ability to voice questions and concerns (10 % of the final grade)

Required reading

  • AUSTEN, Ralph. Trans-Saharan Africa in World History. Oxford University Press. 2010,157p.
  • GURR, Ted Rober. Political rebellion: causes, outcomes and alternatives. London; New
  • Mc ADAM Doug, TARROW Sidney, TILLY Charles. Dynamics of contention. Cambridge:
  • TILLY Charles. The politics of collective violence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,
  • WEINSTEIN Jeremy. Inside Rebellion: the politics of insurgent violence. Cambridge: