Lecture series: Rethinking statehood and governance

(13-03-2018) In this lecture series, international specialists will discuss ways to understand statehood and governance, with particular attention to conflict-affected areas and/or the margins of the state

This lecture series discusses statehood and governance in different parts of, and places in, the Global South. It wants to invite  to step-down from and rethink the ways we (from a West-European standpoint) tend to (mis)understand ‘the state’, governance and state-society relations. By means of specific case studies, based on long term (ethnographic) field research, students will be enabled to grasp the complexity, multiplicity and interdependency of state and non-state actors involved in ‘doing the state’ and how their (political) practices might be part of ongoing processes of ‘state formation’.

All lectures take place in Paddenhoek 1-3 and start at 10:00. All lectures are in English.


  • 23/02: Public authority in conflict affected regions. A State of the Art. Kasper Hoffman (University of Copenhagen & Ghent University)
  • 2/03: Violence as protection. Koen Vlassenroot (Ghent University)
  • 9/03: Regional Inequalities and the Politics of Land Law Reform in African Countries. Catherine Boone (London School of Economics)
  • 16/03: Negotiating statehood. Didier Péclard (University of Geneva)
  • 20/04: Formations of Sovereignty at the Frontier of the Modern State in Guatemala. Finn Stepputat (Danish institute for International Studies)
  • 27/04: Salvaged, lost, contingent, hybrid. Genealogies of sovereignty in Lebanon, 1958-2018. Sara Fregonese (University of Birmingham)
  • 4/05: Governing nature, countering insurgencies? Esther Marijnen (Ghent University)
  • 18/05: Sovereignty in Exile: a Saharan Liberation Movement governs. Alice Wilson (University of Sussex)