Soldiers in Revolt: Army Mutinies in Africa

Danford Room, 2nd floor, Arts Building (R16 on the campus map)
Wednesday 11 October 2017 (16:30-18:30)

Maggie Dwyer will discuss her new book, Soldiers in Revolt, which explores patterns of military mutinies in West and Central Africa across fifty years.

Based on extensive field research and interviews with former mutineers in Burkina Faso, The Gambia, and Sierra Leone, she examines the phenomenon from the ground up. Her findings challenge convention views of mutinies as primarily material grievances. Instead she shows the complex ways that mutineers often formulate and interpret their grievances against a backdrop of domestic and global politics.

Dr Maggie Dwyer is a Research Fellow at the Centre of African Studies at University of Edinburgh. She is currently the lead researcher for two projects: ‘Social Media and Security in Africa’ (ESRC/DFID funded) and ‘Modern Soldiering in Africa’ (Gerda Henkel Foundation funded). Her monograph, Soldiers in Revolt: Army Mutinies in Africa, is available in fall 2017 with Hurst Publishers.

Speaker: Maggie Dwyer (Edinburgh)

Part of the Africa Talks Seminar Series Autumn 2017.

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