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IRGS Talk: What does the figure of Thomas Sankara tell us about IR?

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021 -

The Department of International Relations and Governance Studies invites you to a talk titled ‘What does the figure of Thomas Sankara tell us about IR?’ by Dr. Olivia Rutazibwa, Senior Lecturer, International Development of European Studies, University of Portsmouth on April 15, 2021.

Abstract of the Talk
In this talk I draw upon the figure of Thomas Sankara to discuss what he invites us to think about what we are supposed to remember and forget in IR, as well as thinking through alternative (anti-colonial/anti-imperial) ways of engaging in International solidarities as a central question in IR. I would invite participants to watch the documentary Capitaine Sankara in advance of the talk if that is doable ( on English subtitles), so that in my allocated time I can go straight into the more broad IR related arguments.

About the Speaker

Dr. Olivia Rutazibwa is Senior Lecturer in International Development and European Studies at the University of Portsmouth. For the last decade, her research interests have focused on the motivations and effects of western ethical foreign policy in the Global South. Understanding ethical foreign policy as those policies that are explicitly designed around the well-being of the receiving societies cf. democracy promotion, development, good governance and humanitarian interventions, she specifically focused on the EU’s policies in sub-Saharan Africa to understand their limited success and potential alternatives like autonomous recovery and genuine ownership beyond self-management. She started her Ph.D. research ‘In the Name of Human Rights. The Problematics of EU Ethical Foreign Policy in Africa and Elsewhere’ at the European University Institute in Florence (2001), did an internship at DG RELEX of the European Commission (2003), was a Visiting Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris and did fieldwork in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somaliland. From 2010 to 2013 she has also worked as  a journalist at the Brussels based monthly magazine, MO*. As the Africa desk editor she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the continent.

Thursday 15, Apr 2021
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM