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Fox Lecture Theatre

Public Lecture: The Idea of Peace Parks in Africa

A public lecture by Professor Maano Ramutsindela, Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

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Public Lecture: The Idea of Peace Parks in Africa

Time & Location

23 Aug 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Fox Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Arts Building, The University of Western Australia, Crawley WA 6009, Australia

About The Event

Peace parks are not unique to Africa but have a salient character in the continent as a result of Africa’s sociopolitical,

economic and environmental conditions. This talk will analyse how the idea of peace parks was developed, and how it took root on various sites in twenty-first century Africa. It will argue that the idea of peace parks gained legitimacy by assembling together environmental issues, archaeological findings, segments of colonial histories, post-independence development challenges,

and local and global aspirations into a meta-discourse of peace and development. This discourse also chimed with pan-Africanism and decolonial thinking. The creation of peace parks in Africa raises questions about how African landscapes are re-imagined by various actors ranging from African governments, business, and donor agencies. Peace parks not only reignite historical images of Africa but also present a contested vision for the future of the continent and its people.

Venue: Fox Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, UWA

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