Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

'A Conscious Generation': Thomas Sankara's Politics and Legacy in Movements for Social Justice

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

'A Conscious Generation': Thomas Sankara's Politics and Legacy in Movements for Social Justice

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Abstracts are invited for contributions to a forthcoming edited volume that aims to bring forward the different ways in which activists, theorists and writers in and beyond Africa have engaged with Sankara's political philosophies and praxis since his assassination in 1987.

Thomas Sankara was one of the most confident and vocal anti-imperialists of the late 20th Century. Sankara's collective praxis, vision and legacy continue to be enormously influential in shaping anti-imperial and Pan African resistance across the world. This influence has been reinvigorated since the popular uprisings in Burkina Faso in 2014.

We invite abstracts for contributions to a forthcoming edited volume that aims to bring forward the different ways in which activists, theorists and writers in and beyond Africa have engaged with Sankara's political philosophies and praxis since his assassination in 1987.

We are particularly interested to hear from contributors in Africa, Asia and Latin America and anticipate that successful proposals might speak to some of the following themes: Examinations of Sankara's contributions to radical political philosophies, including visions of participative citizenship, collective action, Pan-Africanism and reorientations of the African state. We are particularly in contributions that offer new modes of reading Sankara, not just as a Marxist but as an African revolutionary socialist.

Ways in which theorists or activists, inspired by Sankara's legacy, have sought to re-evaluate the limits of his praxis, and to modify or move beyond 'Sankarism' as articulated by Sankara himself. …

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