Not an expert

My radio silence could be partly explained by a forthright intercession by a member of the South Sudan Embassy at a SOAS discussion yesterday.

“Self appointed experts on South Sudan [are a big problem at the moment]… [we need discussion to be] made more academic. … [Their comments are how] we are judged”

I’ve just given a paper at Oxford on Friday, on intellectual culture and the conceptual gap (in political thought and in historical discussion) between “traditional authority” and the “elite politicians” in South Sudan, partly in response to the “where is civil society?” cries about lately.  I’m working on writing up my PhD from the UK, and am trying to organise a visit to Khartoum sometime this year, as well as hopefully a return to South Sudan if I can find somebody who wants me to work for them around this time next year.


Filed under Academia, Current affairs, History, Politics, South Sudan

4 responses to “Not an expert

  1. That paper sounds really interesting. Is it available anywhere online in full or just preview? Perhaps related, I wonder how much of the “information” on Twitter and the comment sections of news sites like that of the Sudan Tribune was constructive.

  2. Pingback: South Sudan: One Week Later | Hibiscus with Ginger

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