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A Spring School in Political Economy and Political Ecology

12-16 September 2022

Background

The Institute for Poverty, Land, and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape is hosting a Spring School on The Agrarian Question and Contested Rural Futures in Africa, in collaboration with the Global South Studies Center (GSSC) at the University of Cologne and Future Rural Africa, a collaborative research center (CRC) funded by the German Research Council (DFG). 

It will take place in person from 12th to 16th September in Cape Town, South Africa. 

The Spring School builds on thematically-organized lectures by eminent scholars in their respective fields. It aims to introduce core concepts, theoretical formulation and debates in political economy and political ecology. The priority is to support young and emerging scholars to deepen critical understandings of agrarian change in Africa, and related fields of land, agricultural production, food security and environmental change.

Objectives

  • To strengthen political economy and political ecology research on rural futures
  • To build scholarly contributions to navigating contemporary challenges
  • To promote critical engagement with the future of rural Africa 
  • To provide a platform for knowledge exchange across generations and geography
  • To provide young scholars in and of Africa with exposure to leading academics
  • To provide young scholars in and of Africa with a platform to build peer support and networks with one another.

Spring School Lectures

Coordinators

The coordinators for the short course are Cyriaque Hakizimana and Professor Ruth Hall from the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape and Clemens Greiner from the Global South Studies Center (GSSC) and the CRC Future Rural Africa at the University of Cologne.

Cyriaque Hakizimana

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Ruth Hall

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Clemens Greiner

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Lecturers

Sian Sullivan

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Cyrus Samimi

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Clemens Greiner

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Javier Revilla Diez

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Kojo Amanor

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Michael Bollig

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Marc Wegerif

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Sandra Kruger

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Chilombo Musa

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Ben Cousins

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Ruth Hall

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George Mudimu

George Mudimu

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Moenieba Isaacs

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James Murombedzi

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phillan zamchiya

Phillan Zamchiya

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emmanuel sulle plaas researcher

Emmanuel Sulle

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Boaventura Monjane

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Cyriaque Hakizimana

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Andries Du Toit

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Participants

Abbas Máriam
Mozambique

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Adekunle, Chioma
Nigeria

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Adewale Temitope
Nigeria

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Adventino Banjwa
Uganda

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Atupelye Komba
Tanzania

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Auma Theresa
Uganda

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Badraldeen Ali Bashir
Sudan

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Benedict Edith
Tanzania

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Bennie Andrew
South Africa

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Boafo, James
Ghana

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Chadambuka, Patience
Zimbabwe

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Charity Rusere
Zimbabwe

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Chasukwa, Michael
Malawi

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Chilombo Andrew
Zambia

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Coulibaly Mohamed
Mali

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Ezzabdi Imane
Morocco

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FOYET GANKAM Arsene Delors
Cameroon

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Elias Gaveta
Malawi

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Ghirmay, Yordanos
Eritrea

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Gyapong, Adwoa Yeboah
Ghana

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Gubbini, Emily
United Kingdom

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Kabiti, Hlekani
Zimbabwe

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Kidane, Freweini Tekle
Eritrea

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Kidane Rahwa
Ethiopia

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Kimani, Veronica
Kenya

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Majozi, Nduduzo
South Africa

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Malloum, Mahamat Abdoulaye
Chad

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Mangulama, Justin Alinafe
Malawi

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Mashingauta Aisha
Zimbabwe

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Mbethki, Itah Patience
Uganda

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Mogende, Emmanuel
Botswana

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Moseti, Vincent
Kenya

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Nalwimba, Nkumbu
Zambia

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Ndi, Frankline
Cameroon

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Saul Ngarava
Zimbabwe

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Nyamari, Nicodemus
Kenya

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Olaide Saheed
Nigeria

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Rieber Arne
Germany

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Rwelengera Benezet
Tanzania

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Takesure Taringana
Zimbabwe

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Tom Tom
Zimbabwe

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Xaba, Mzingaye Brilliant
South Africa

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Topics for the Curriculum

Day one: Political Economy & Political Ecology Theory

  • Political Economy and the Classical Agrarian Question
  • Political Ecology

Day two: Drivers of change in rural Africa

  • Climate change
  • Intensification

Day three: Food systems and livelihoods

  • Corridors
  • Agro-Food Systems
  • Governing Markets: Trade, Fair Trade & Food Sovereignty
  • Livelihoods

Day Four: Land tenure, commons and commodification

  • Property Rights

Day Five: Land tenure, commons and commodification

  • Conservation