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State and Society in Contemporary Africa
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Dr. Didier Péclard holds a PhD in Political Science from the Institut d'Études Politiques in Paris (2005). He has been lecturing in African studies and Political science at the University of Basel since 2001 and was guest professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Department of Afroamerican and African Studies) in 2012-2013. He worked as senior research fellow and Head of the ‘Statehood and Conflict’ Programme at the Swiss Peace Foundation, Bern, until January 2015, and will be joining the University of Geneva in February 2015, where he will be in charge of developing the MA in African Studies at the Global Studies Institute.

His research interests include religion and politics, nationalism, as well as the dynamics of peacebuilding and state formation in Africa. An expert on Angola, he has published on the impact of Christian missions on nationalism and state formation during the last decades of colonial rule, as well as on the politics post-civil war transition. His current research work focuses on struggles around the construction of public authority and statehood during and in the aftermath of armed conflict in Angola, Côte d’Ivoire and Ethiopia. He is a long-time committee member and former co-president of the Swiss Society of African Studies. He currently serves as joint editor-in-chief of the Paris-based journal Politique africaine.

 

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