Panel to discuss resource nationalism in southern Africa

Demands for greater national control over and benefit from development have been at the heart of social and economic debates in southern Africa.

A panel will discuss the politics and dynamics of this resurgent resource nationalism in a free public event on Thursday, March 21.

“The Return of Resource Nationalism in Southern Africa” will feature panellists:

  • Jesse Salah Ovadia, a UWindsor professor and the author of The Petro-Developmental State in Africa: Making Oil Work in Angola, Nigeria, and the Gulf of Guinea;
  • Richard Saunders, professor at York University whose most recent book is the edited collection Facets of Power: Politics, Profits, and People in the Making of Zimbabwe’s Blood Diamonds; and
  • Alex Caramento, a PhD candidate at York University whose dissertation research focuses on indigenous capital formation among Zambian mine suppliers and contractors.

Thursday’s event, sponsored by the Department of Political Science, will begin at 2 p.m. in room 355, Dillon Hall.