Rebellion and Resistance in Times of Crisis: A Teach-In Series
Please join us on December 13 at 4 PM (EST) for the first in our series of three teach-ins on the subject of Rebellion and Resistance in Times of Crisis. This event will focus on the recent #EndSARS campaign and feature a talk by Theophilus Okunlola (University of Wisconsin-Madison), entitled, “‘Buhari Has Been a Bad Boy’: Citizenship, Memory and Justice in the Nigerian #ENDSARS Protest.” His talk will be followed by a conversation with Chi-Chi Ayalogu (Carleton University). Together, these two scholars of contemporary Nigerian political culture will explain and explore the resistance to police violence mounted by the #EndSARS campaign and, in discussion with the audience, consider the significance of #EndSARS to movement-building in our moment.
Here are some of the questions we will address:
What was the role of social media in catalyzing and shaping this uprising?
How did past Nigerian social movements and protest forms pave the way for #EndSARS?
How does #EndSARS engage with and reconsider a history of anti-colonialism and Black Power that precedes it?
Can #EndSARS and BLM be understood as co-constituents in a global social movement?
What was the role of the Nigerian diaspora in disseminating and witnessing #EndSARS?
What is the state of the movement at present?
Theophilus Okunlola studies the intersections of Cultural Memory and Political Violence in Africa, Visual Cultures and Postcolonial African Literatures. He is a graduate student in the Department of English at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“ ‘Buhari Has Been a Bad Boy’: Citizenship, Memory and Justice in the Nigerian #ENDSARS Protest”
Chichi Ayalogu is a doctoral student in Cultural Mediations at Carleton University. Her research looks at war photography, protest movements, and cultural responses to corruption in Nigeria.