The theme will critically explore how ‘crisis’ has been imagined, articulated, criticised and co-opted in Africa. ‘Crisis’ has been used to describe many different contexts around the world – ‘economic crisis’, ‘humanitarian crisis’, ‘Ebola crisis’, ‘refugee crisis’. The narrative of ‘crisis’ can construct identities, intensify hierarchical and oppressive politics, and contribute to depoliticized and dehistorisized understandings. At the same time, moments of crisis and upheaval, when future structural and symbolic realities are undetermined, can bring opportunities to reform social relations for the better.
This theme is particularly interested in the everyday, lived experiences in Africa of both global and local crises. The theme will include at least the following four panels: –
- the everyday in crisis;
- the arts in crisis, which will explore artistic remaking’s of crisis in Africa
- health in crisis, which will include papers that explore the realities of power in health-care responses during health crises such as Ebola
- protection in crisis, which will explore the implications of shifting global policy on humanitarian protection for people’s everyday lives in contexts of armed conflict