Events & Courses

New State: Clean slate? Change And Continuity In South Sudanese State Formation
RVI Fellow Dr Cherry Leonardi delivered this year's BIEA British Academy Annual Lecture on the creation of the Republic of South Sudan. She discussed how the internal conflicts in South...MORE >
Ethiopia and the Ogaden: Prospects for Peace
At the launch of Tobias Hagmann’s new book Talking Peace in the Ogaden: The search for an end to conflict in the Somali Regional State in Ethiopia (published by the Rift Valley Institute),...MORE >
Development without Freedom
In April 2015 a conference organised by the Development Research Institute of New York University, with Bard College and the Rift Valley Institute, addressed urgent ethical questions...MORE >
Great Lakes Course 2015
The Great Lakes Course covered the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi. The state and its institutions were cross-cutting themes this year. In the DRC, the Course...MORE >
Sudan and South Sudan Course 2015
Political rivalry and unending civil wars in the Sudans continue to jeopardise social and economic development. Understanding the histories of state formation and conflict is more important...MORE >
Horn of Africa Course 2015
The Horn of Africa Course covered Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Somaliland, Puntland, and Northern Kenya. The 2015 course offered a multi-disciplinary examination of the crises...MORE >
Anthropology, Photography and the Field of Memory: Images from South Sudan
Patti Langton, a British anthropologist and documentary film-maker, lived in Sudan 1979-1980 with the Larim (or Boya) people, cattle pastoralists whose homeland lies near South Sudan’s...MORE >
Experiences of Somali Women in Civic and Political Engagement
In the decades since independence, many Somali women have actively sought to expand women’s political and civic participation in Somalia. From the Somali Women’s Democratic Organization...MORE >
South Sudan: Beyond the ceasefire
After fifteen months of civil war in South Sudan, regional and international mediators continue to broker talks for a permanent ceasefire and power-sharing arrangement acceptable to both...MORE >
Language Politics and the Politics of Language in Somaliland
On 21 February, International Mother Tongue Day, the Hargeysa Cultural Centre and the Redsea Cultural Foundation paid homage to the Somali language with a day-long seminar followed by an...MORE >
On 18 March, the Observatoire de l’Afrique hosted its first conference of 2015 on ‘The Political Economy of Regional Security Integration in Africa’. Security challenges in sub-Saharan...MORE >
Property and Freedom
Experiments in South Africa and around the world are combating poverty while expanding freedom by granting title to assets such as land and public housing. Building on the work of Dr....MORE >

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