19th October, 2021 -
10th April, 2017
A joint event of the Africa Research Group and the ‘Approaches to Understanding Violence Seminar Series’ of the Conflict, Security & Development Research Group.
Join Professor Louisa Lombard as she discusses her new book ‘State of Rebellion: Violence and Intervention in the Central African Republic’, drawing on extensive fieldwork to challenge conventional wisdom about the causes of CAR’s violent conflict.
About the book:
In 2012, a wave of violence swept through the Central African Republic as Seleka rebels clashed with anti-Balaka militias. In the face of seemingly senseless bloodshed, journalists, politicians, and scholars struggled to account for the conflict’s origins. In this first comprehensive account of the violence, Louisa Lombard argues that the conflict was more than a straightforward religious clash between Christians and Muslims. Instead, she traces the roots of the conflict to fears of spiritual insecurity and a social breakdown that drove inter-communal violence.
Placing the uprising within its broader social, cultural, and historical context, Lombard reveals the complicated roles played by marginalized rural youths, local political leaders, and the global community in sustaining the conflict, and she offers an urgent corrective to our perceptions of this little-understood country, making a compelling case for international leaders to rethink their approach to resolving the conflict.
Speaker: Louisa Lombard, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Yale.