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Emergency Read on Sudan: Africa Uprising, Adam Branch and Zachariah Mampilly (ed)

Emergency Read on Sudan: Africa Uprising, Adam Branch and Zachariah Mampilly (ed)

In light of ongoing massive protests in Sudan, their lack of coverage in mainstream media outlets, and the dire need to contextualize these protest within Sudan’s own particular political and historical contexts (which many non-Sudanese and non-African people seem to lack knowledge of), we’re calling for a #BecauseWeveRead ‘Emergency Read’ for the month of January to help us better understand what is happening in Sudan right now, and how we can support as needed.

The first book of its kind to approach contemporary popular protests across Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt, Tunisia, Uganda, and other African nations within a broader pan-African perspective, Africa Uprisings provides much-needed insight into the broader historical, political, social, economic, and post-colonial contexts motivating and inspiring these revolts across Africa. This imperative read is based on extensive interviews with activists, artists, community organizers, unemployed, trade union members, and others and delivers comprehensive analysis to explore the questions: “What is driving this new wave of protest?” and “Is it the key to substantive political change?”

Additional resources

#SudanSyllabus, curated by Razan Idris, a brilliant 38-page syllabus filled with links, articles, and other resources for a holistic understanding of Sudan: everything from creative art history to religion to race & slavery to gender and family life!

“Recent protests in Sudan are much more than bread riots”, essay in The Washington Post co-written by the author of Africa Uprisings (Zachariah Mampilly) and our discussant (Nisrin Elamin)

Civil Uprisings in Modern Sudan: The ‘Khartoum Springs’ of 1964 and 1985 (2016) book, W. J. Berridge

“Alien Suite” (poetry/video), the gorgeous poetry of Safia Elhillo (her full book of poetry is called The January Children, and available here)

“AfriqUPrising! Protest movements in Africa”, (video) panel conversation, 2017

“Zachariah Mampilly on Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change”, (video) lecture by author, 2015

A list (with links & newspaper sources!) of major popular protests across Africa, 2005-2014

Interview with author Zachariah Mampilly, (podcast) New Books Network

“30 Sudanese Women You Should Know”, list on Teakisi

Twitter & Instagram accounts of Sara E, and Twitter accounts @BSonBlast, @YousraElbagir, and@ikushkush

+ Instagram account @Sudan

“Young People Lead the Resistance in Sudan”, essay on Africa is a Country (Nov. 2018)

+ “The Darfur War: Masculinity and the Construction of a Sudanese National Identity” chapter by​ Karin Willemse in the book Darfur and the crisis of governance in Sudan

AlSudaniya Mentoring, a female-led mentoring program based in Sudan

Sudd Institute, an independent research and public po licy organization based in South Sudan

“Revolution of the Hungry” Reddit thread updated regularly with photos and reports!

Radio Dabanga

Sudan Tribune

“Womens Rights and the Women’s Movement in Sudan” (essay), Samina Al-Nagar

“Beyond the pan-Africanist agenda: Sudanese women’s movement, achievements and challenges” (essay), Amira Osman

“John Garang: And the Vision of New Sudan” (book), Roba Gibia & ed, Jennifer South

“Identity, Citizenship, and Violence in Two Sudans: Reimagining a Common Future” (book), Amir Idris

“Sudan: Race, Religion, and Violence (Short Histories)” (book), Jok Madut Jok