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Rethinking Sudan Studies: a Post-2011 Manifesto

Abstract : This essay appraises “Sudan Studies” following the 2011 secession of South Sudan. It asks two questions. First, what has Sudan Studies been as a colonial and postcolonial field of academic inquiry and how should or must it change? Second, should we continue to write about a single arena of Sudan Studies now that Sudan has split apart? The authors advance a “manifesto” for Sudan Studies by urging scholars to map out more intellectual terrain by attending to non-elite actors and women; grass-roots and local history; the environment and the arts; oral sources; and interdisciplinary studies of culture, politics, and society. They propose that scholars can transcend the changing boundaries of the nation-state, and recognize connections forged through past and present migrations and contacts, by studying the Sudan as a zone rather than a fixed country. Finally, in their introduction to this bilingual special issue, they highlight the increasing relevance of French scholarship to the endeavor of rethinking Sudan Studies.
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Iris Seri-Hersch, Heather J. Sharkey, Elena Vezzadini. Rethinking Sudan Studies: a Post-2011 Manifesto. Canadian Journal of African Studies / La Revue canadienne des études africaines, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2015, 49 (1), pp.1-18. ⟨10.1080/00083968.2015.1046256⟩. ⟨hal-01278227⟩



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