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Khaki Rule: The History of Military Government in Contemporary Africa

dateNovember 11, 2022 timeFriday, 9:30am–6:00pm EST location The Heyman Center, First Floor Board Room, Columbia University
  • Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Department of History
email address [email protected]
  • Audience open to all invited guests
  • This conference is not open to the public

Poster for Khaki Rule event featuring headshots of General Sanni Abacha and Thomas Sankara

ID is required for entrance.

Attendance at this conference is by invitation only.


time9:30am - 10:00am EDT


Gregory Mann

Department of History

Columbia University

time10:00am - 12:00pm EDT

Lived Experiences of Military Rule
Guardians of the Treasury: Military Rule in Upper Volta, 1966-1974

Riina Turtio

Graduate Institute, Geneva

Gendered Histories of Military Governance in Postcolonial Uganda

Alice Decker

Penn State University

Military Social States: Child Welfare and Redistribution in 1970s and 1980s Burkina Faso

Thomas Zuber

Columbia University

Gender, Materiality and Everyday Experience of Urban Militarization in Kampala

Ben Twagira

Williams College

time12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT

Midday Break

time1:30pm - 4:00pm EDT

Limits of Military Rule
The Military Takeover in Guinea at the Death of Sékou Touré and the First Years of the Lansana Conté Regime

Martin Mourre

Institut des mondes africains (Paris)

Judges, Shari’a, and the Limits of Military Rule (Sudan), 1983-1985

Rebecca Glade

Columbia University

Naked Life: Law and the End of Military Rule in Nigeria

Sam Daly

Duke University

Memoirs and Military Reason in Mali

Alioune Sow

University of Florida

time4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT

Lessons of Military Rule
Military Rule and Political Resistance of Academics in Mali: 1968-1991

Isaie Dougnon

Fordham University

Soldier/ Hero/ Victim/ Survivor: The Challenge of Military Rule in Ghana's National Reconciliation Commission

Abena Asare

SUNY-Stony Brook

Codifying Military Coups as an International Crime: Africa and the Search for Democratic Rule

Oumar Ba

Cornell University