Latest Workshop “Being Arab, Muslim, Sudanese”, 20 February 2020

A Workshop of the AUF Programme Being Arab, Muslim, Sudanese was held in Khartoum on the 20th February 2020, first Workshop since the opening of the new location of CEDEJ Khartoum, in the West Side of Faruk Cemetery, Khartoum 2. Twelve members of the French-Sudanese team participated to this event, among which two new members, the PhD candidates Shereen Nour (University of Khartoum) and Yacine Khiar (University Paris 8). The extension of the project for a third year (2020), mainly due to the suspension of some activities and missions due to the events of the Sudanese revolution in 2018-2019, was announced.

The researchers had a rich exchange about their fieldworks and topics of research, and an important part of the meeting was consecrated to the discussions about the forthcoming activities, particularly for the elaboration and diffusion of the research results. Concerning publication, several contributions are proposed by the team. First, after the launch of the “Workshop Series”, started in October 2019 with a work by Bakhit M. Nour (see Working-Paper-Bakheit-M-Nur_Changing_the_state_of_being_October-2019 ) a second work by Barbara Casciarri and Stefano Manfredi is going to be issued in March 2020 (see Working Paper 2_Barbara Casciarri & Stefano Manfredi_A Glossary of the Third Sudanese Revolution_March 2020 ) and will be followed by two other works before the end of the project. Second, a major publication will be a special issue of the scientific review Cahiers d’Etudes Africaines, to be delivered in December 2020 (no. 240). Third, the proposal is discussed of gathering other contributions for a collective volume to be published after the end of the programme.

The meeting also shared discussions about the organization of a final international conference aiming to present to a wider public the results of the project, that will be held in December 2020, at a date to be precised further. All the participants agreed on the fact that the interdisciplinary composition of the team, together with the plurality of ‘case studies’, not only gave the opportunity to rethink crucial issues of multiples identities in Sudan in their interaction, but also found in the unforeseen context of the Third Revolution an opportunity to enrich this reflection through the perspectives suggested by the reshaping of identities during the revolutionary process.

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