Speaking on Sudanese Activism in D.C.

photo of Marisa Ensor, Amal Hassan Fadlalla, and Mike Morrow in front of a banner that reads "Africa Program" at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC
panelists Marisa O. Ensor, Amal Hassan Fadlalla, and Mike Morrow, courtesy of the Woodrow Wilson Center
photo of Marisa Ensor, Amal Hassan Fadlalla, and Mike Morrow in front of a banner that reads "Africa Program" at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC
panelists Marisa O. Ensor, Amal Hassan Fadlalla, and Mike Morrow, courtesy of the Woodrow Wilson Center

In honor of the recent publication of her book, Branding Humanity: Competing Narratives of Rights, Violence, and Global Citizenship, Professor Amal Hassan Fadlalla participated in a panel discussion at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C., where she conducted research for the book.

With ongoing protests in Sudan, including recent deaths of Sudanese activists, the discussion and the book (which was also the subject of a panel discussion at IRWG on March 13th) hold particular relevance.

According to the Wilson Center, “Dr. Fadlalla began the discussion by noting that activists in the Sudan and in the Sudanese diaspora have inspired her book. Sudan has always been an extremely diverse country, with a multitude of ethnic groups — each with their own history, languages, and claims to land and heritage. Since independence, efforts to build an inclusive national identity have largely failed to bridge gender, race, class, and ethnic divisions. These divisions have led to conflict, the emergence of a large diaspora, and the partition of the country...Dr. Fadlalla analyzed how different actors have mobilized identity politics in Sudan, and how Sudanese at home and overseas have contested and reshaped these dialogues. She noted that the narrative of ethnic conflict espoused by human rights and humanitarian organizations failed to capture the full diversity of the country — ultimately contributing to further divisions and conflict. In her research, Dr. Fadlalla found that many Sudanese who did not align with either Islamism or human rights-focused humanitarianism — especially those in the diaspora — instead created their own spaces.”

Dr. Marisa O. Ensor, Research Professor with the Justice and Peace Studies Program and Institute for the Study of International Migration, at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service joined Dr. Fadlalla on the panel. Mr. Mike Morrow, Senior Diplomatic Fellow with the Wilson Center Africa Program, moderated the event.

A full recording and description of the panel discussion is available from the Wilson Center, and accessible on their website.

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