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Decolonising Suffering: On Precarity and New Imaginative Subjectivities

15 August 2023 @ 13:45 - 14:45 CEST



15 August 2023
13:45 - 14:45 CEST




Vaskerelven 8, top floor
Bergen, Norway
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Join us at Bergen Exchanges for an illuminating keynote address by Divine Fuh. The keynote delves into the heart of international development and philanthropy, exploring the transformative mission of eradicating suffering within the context of decolonisation.

Divine Fuh will examine the reimagining of suffering’s role in reshaping subjectivities, particularly amidst youth uprisings challenging established power dynamics. Discover how these resilient urban youth navigate perpetual flux, rearticulating states, redefining democracy, and forging new relationships with systems of dominance. Gain insights into their agency, responses to precarity, and envision a more equitable world. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with groundbreaking ideas that promise to inspire and transform.

The keynote address will be commented on by Oumar Ba (Cornell University, USA). and Yumba Kakhobwe (University of Pretoria).

About Divine Fuh

Divine Fuh is Director of the Institute for Humanities Africa (HUMA) at the University of Cape Town, where he is also a lecturer in social anthropology. Before that, he was Head of the Publications and Dissemination Programme at the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa CODESRIA from 2017-2019. He joined UCT in 2012, from the University of Basel where he was a Researcher in the Chair for Research and Methodology at the Institute for Sociology. He taught briefly at the universities of Basel, Cape Town, Western Cape and Stellenbosch, and has been visiting lecturer at the Universities of Brasilia, Tokyo, and Gaston Berger. His research focuses on the politics of suffering and smiling, particularly on how urban youth seek ways of smiling in the midst of their suffering. He has researched Botswana, Cameroon, South Africa and Senegal, and his current work focuses on the political economy of Pan-African knowledge production. He was educated at the universities of Buea, Botswana and Basel. He has been a visiting fellow at the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies in Berlin (ZMO), and guest at the African Studies Centre Leiden. Divine is Founding Managing Editor of Langaa Research and Publishing, and has been Chair of the Council of Management of the Africa Book Collective. He is also current Co-Chair of the Global Africa Group (GAG) of the World Universities Council (WUN)

About the Bergen Exchanges

Bergen Exchanges is an annual global event in Bergen, exploring the transformative role of law, social sciences and power relations. Scholars and practitioners delve into the strategic uses of rights, the dynamics of legal institutions, and the intersection of law and politics. It is a week of thought-provoking discussions on how law serves as an instrument of change and shapes our world.

GRIP is contributing to this year’s Bergen Exchanges with the round table discussion as well as a Keynote Address to be delivered by Divine Fuh, Director of the Institute for Humanities Africa (HUMA) at the University of Cape Town.

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