SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

Journalism and Media: narrative control and perceptions of revolutions


Date: 21 September 2022Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 21 September 2022Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)

Type of Event: Conversation

This event will be held in-person only.

The Shaping and Re-Shaping of Political Conditions: Evolving Social Movements and Power Decentralization in Sudan

The December Revolution, which engulfed the country in 2018 and ended the 30-year Al-Bashir rule, is not the first popular uprising against authoritarianism in Sudan. The previous October and April Revolutions of the 1960s and 80s failed to engender sustainable solutions to governance issues in the country. Similarly, the political processes that followed during the brief transitional period fell short of the Sudanese peoples’ call for “freedom, peace and justice.” In addition, transitional efforts were further impeded by the military counter coup of the 25th of October 2021, which uprooted the Constitutional Declaration. 

 The interruption to the revolutionary political processes eliminated vast swathes of the Sudanese society from decision-making while also cementing the gap between demands for radical political change and the political wrangling in Khartoum. Nonetheless, the recent military assault on civilian rule continues to be met with resistance from grassroots civil society organizations that are transforming into key political actors. 

This series aims to reflect on Sudan as a complex phenomenon both politically and socially; and serves as a starting point for a discussion on mobilization, politics, and law in the country. The series seeks to generate interest, inform, reflect, and theorize on the December Revolution including the emergence of new forms of social movements and the shift from the leadership of “experts” to neighborhood resistance committees. It also focuses on evolving patterns of mass mobilization that utilizes innovative and creative ways of disseminating information. The question we are posing here is, what can we learn from Sudan as a case study? 

The panel order is designed to provide a constructive approach to presenting a critical history of Sudan, to offer insight on current events and to propose a way forward.

SEMINAR TWO: Wed 21st September 2022 | 17:00-19:00 London

Journalism and Media: narrative control and perceptions of revolutions

The Journalism panel explores the creative means of disseminating information during mass mobilization in Sudan. Topics include but are not limited to the use of traditional journalism such as news and media broadcasting as a form of state propaganda; the role of investigative and photography journalism in aiding revolutionary movements by way of making public, evidence-based reports; other modes of communication used to disseminate information and aid mobilization, such as informal journalism, that allow protestors to reclaim the narrative and sustain movements amid internet disruptions by the military junta.

Professor Dina Matar, SOAS University of London - Moderator

Abdul Rahman Al-Amin

Khalid Albaih

Mat Nasheed

Nafisa Eltahir (TBC)


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Organiser: SOAS Centre of African Studies