ASCL Seminar Series: Pastoral associations in the face of social change in the nomadic world

le militantisme associatifPolitical instability in the Sahel is increasing and many observers point at the role of nomadic pastoralists in the various political and jihadist movements. Nomadic populations of the Sahel face changes that seem strongly linked to the dynamics of the state in West Africa as the latter evolved from the colonial process to its current extensions. How these changes affect nomadic populations must be identified and understood. The task, however, is not to provide a holistic analysis of these shifts; it is to describe the ways that pastoral associations perceive and analyse these questions in their activist work – thus providing an understanding of their strategies, actions, and areas of interventions in the face of change. This approach immerses us in the discourse on collective action, as it operates in a nomadic environment. The ultimate goal is to understand the contours of social change in today’s Sahel.

This seminar is related to two research projects:

Chair: Prof. Mirjam de Bruijn, ASCL

Mahaman Tidjani AlouMahaman Tidjani Alou is a Professor of Political Science at the University Abdou Moumouni in Niamey, Niger. He is Dean of the Faculty of Economical and Legal Sciences and researcher at LASDEL (Laboratoire d’Etudes et de Recherches sur les Dynamiques Sociales et le Développement Local de Niamey, where he was Director in the first 6 years of its existence. He teaches at several European universities and participates in international research programmes. His publications deal with international cooperation, the State, civil society, democratic governance and local power in West Africa, especially in Niger.

Date, time and location

29 November 2018
15.30 - 17.00
Pieter de la Courtgebouw / Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden