Seminar @ Bergen Global: Youth mobilization and activism during Sudan’s transition

When: 8 okt 2021 15:00 – 16:30
Address
: Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen
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Tamer Mohammed Ahmed Abd Elkreem (University of Khartoum), Muzan Alneel (engineer, political activist and blogger) and Mai Azzam (Bayreuth University) in conversation with Lovise Aalen (CMI)

The youth were the backbone of the protests that led to the fall of Sudan’s president Omer al-Bashir in April 2019. Young men and women organizing resistance committees in the neighborhoods of Khartoum managed to keep the pressure on the regime over a long period, through protests and sit-ins in front of the military headquarters in the Sudanese capital. Yet, two and a half years after the uprising they are largely excluded from the political decision-making and suffer severely from the economic hardship in the country.

We will discuss the role of the youth in the uprising, what has been done to include the youth in the transitional processes, and the status of political mobilization and participation among youth today.

Speakers:

  • Tamer Mohammed Ahmed Abd Elkreem is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Khartoum, Sudan. He received a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Bayreuth, Germany and an MPhil in Anthropology of Development from Bergen University.
  • Muzan Alneel is an engineer, writer and public speaker. She is co-founder and managing director of The Innovation, Science and Technology Think-tank for People Centered Development (ISTiNAD) – Sudan, and a non-resident fellow of the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) on People-centric Approach to Economy, Industry and the Environment (SUDAN). Muzan was an active participant and occasional speaker during the December 2018 revolution.
  • Mai Azzam is a PhD candidate at Bayreuth University, Germany. Her main research interest is related to youth and the Sudanese revolution. She has done extensive fieldwork in Sudan during the uprising from 2019.
  • The conversation will be led by Lovise Aalen, senior researcher at Chr. Michelsen Institute, leading research on youth mobilization under authoritarian rule in Africa.

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