Methodological and epistemological challenges in a study of « counter-revolutionaries »: defensive stances and moral justifications of local members of the National Congress Party (Sudan) – with Lucie Revilla

The LIVE-AR team is pleased to announce the fourth session of the monthly seminar series « Militant Pathways and Political Crises« . It will take place on January 9th 2024, from 2pm to 4pm (Paris time). Our speaker will be Lucie Revilla (CR CNRS, IMAF), who will present a lecture (in French) entitled « Methodological and epistemological challenges in a study of « counter-revolutionaries »: defensive stances and moral justifications of local members of the National Congress Party (Sudan)« .

It will take place at CEPED at the Paris Cité University, campus Saint-Germain and also via Zoom, and in French only.

Session summary

In this lecture, Lucie Revilla will discuss the methodological and epistemological issues she faces following the fall of Omar al Bashir’s regime in April 2019. How did her interlocutors, members of the National Congress party at neighbourhood level, position themselves between the start of the revolution in December 2018 and the attempts to dismantle their party in September 2019? She will look at the ‘self-work’ produced in this context and the social repositioning achieved. The speaker will also draw on the observation of controversies at neighbourhood level and the dynamics of categorisation at work, in order to define who is and who is not koz-a, local personifications of the Ingaz regime.

Speaker’s biography

Lucie Revilla is a CNRS research fellow in political sociology at the Institut des mondes africains. Her research focuses on coercive institutions and practices, the structuring of political parties at local level and the socio-history of the Haraka Islamiyya in Sudan and the Islamic Revolution in Nigeria.

For further information about the seminar and to register, please email the LIVE-AR project team (erclivear@ird.fr).

next seminars

30/04/2024 : Sarah Barrières (EHESS, CMH), « Reconfigurations du genre en révolution : des devenirs contrastés (Tunisie 2011-2019) », via Zoom, from 2pm to 4pm (Paris time). In French.

07/05/2024 : Alice Willson (University of Sussex), « Afterlives of Revolution: Everyday Counterhistories in Southern Oman », Ceped (Université Paris Cité) and via Zoom, from 2pm to 4pm (Paris time). In English.

11/06/2024 : Amany Mohamed Hamed Moussa (Bergen University), « Activism Across Time and Place: A Study of Syrian Activists’ Trajectories in Berlin and Oslo », via Zoom, from 2pm to 4pm (Paris time). In English.