« A revolution in the neighborhood ? The battle for local power has begun » – Lucie Revilla – 4 September


This presentation aims to discuss the first findings of a research on the consequences of the revolution at the local scale and more specifically in different popular neighborhoods of Greater Khartoum in terms of political and social dynamics. If the role played by more affluent neighborhoods as Burri or the old Omdurman in the Sudanese revolutionary movement has already benefited from the attention of researchers, popular areas have been more neglected.

Firstly, the formation of « resistance committees » in different areas that the NCP was thought to closely monitor and in which it could rely on some measure of popular support will be examined. Were resistance committees constitued in all areas? When and according to which logics? Who are the revolutionnaries in those popular neighborhoods? And above all, what are the challenges they are confronted to in their effort to embody the revolution at the local scale and define a political project?

Secondly, I will describe the power dynamics and interpersonnal relationships between the members of one specific resistance committee the meetings of which I followed for a month (August 2019) and attempt to present preliminary results.

My hope is that those first observations and analyses will be discussed and contribute to a debate on the political and social dynamics of the Sudanese revolution in popular neighborhoods in Greater Khartoum.


Lucie REVILLA is a PhD candidate at the University of Bordeaux, Institute of Political Studies – Les Afriques dans le Monde.

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