Scope of the course
The Sudan and South Sudan Course, under the direction of Sharath Srinivasan, was held in Kenya, from 14 to 20 June. New rebellions and ongoing civil war in both the Sudans have put social and economic development in jeopardy. Understanding the history of state formation and conflict in the two countries is more important than ever. The course addressed the challenge of working in this complex, fluid environment, and linked analysis of current events to contextual understanding of history, politics, war, society and economy.
Highlights of the syllabus
DAY 1: Fragile states: the history of state formation, social organisation and political control.
DAY 2: Peoples, cultures, identities and beliefs in the two Sudans.
DAY 3: Governance, violence, war: legacies of law and misrule, coercion and mobilisation.
DAY 4: Political economy: natural resources, economic structures, changing livelihoods.
DAY 5: Engagement and intervention: trajectories in regional and international relations, the history of humanitarian, development and peacebuilding initiatives.
DAY 6: Political and economic futures: prospects for the peoples of the Sudans.
Core teaching staff
Sharath Srinivasan PhD Director of Studies
Director, Centre of Governance and Human Rights, University of Cambridge
Justin Willis PhD
Professor in History, Durham University
Daniel Large PhD
Assistant Professor, Central European University, Budapest
Douglas Johnson PhD
Author of The Root Causes of Sudan’s Civil Wars
Nada Mustafa Ali
Faculty Fellow, Center for Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts
Freiburg University; www.stillsudan.blogspot.com
Program Manager for Sudan & South Sudan, Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa
Jok Madut Jok PhD
Professor, Loyola Marymount University; Co-founder, Sudd Institute
Cherry Leonardi PhD
Lecturer in History, Durham University
Edward Thomas PhD
Executive Director of the RVI; Professor of Anthropology, Bard College, NY