"'Y'En A Marre!' (We’ve had enough) Senegal in the Season of Discontent"

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Lecture free and open to the public, Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 12 noon-1 p.m.

Dr. James Genova from The Ohio State University Department of History will offer an eyewitness account and unique insight on Senegal’s recent political upheaval at a public lecture to be held on Wednesday, November 16, 12 p.m., at Ohio State Marion’s Guthery Community Room in Maynard Hall.  Students, faculty, staff, and the community are invited to attend.

The political upheaval in Senegal, a west African country of over 12 million people, is in response to Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade’s efforts to change the constitution and to the ongoing economic crisis in the country.  The slogan “Y’En a Marre!”, ( “We’ve had enough!”) the name of a rap group at the center of the protests, has come to embody the general sentiment of young people enraged by poor living conditions and political corruption.  

As an observer of events while in Senegal this summer, Dr. Genova will share images and accounts of popular protests, strikes, and constitutional turmoil through photos, eye-witness and local media accounts.  These will inform discussion about what such events portend for upcoming elections in 2012, and for the evolution of democracy in Senegal.

Dr. James E. Genova is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for History at The Ohio State University at Marion.  He specializes in the colonial and post-colonial history of French-speaking West Africa, specifically examining the articulation of communal/class identities, political culture, cultural politics, nationalism and liberation, and post-colonial theory.

Contact genova.2@osu.edu for more information.