No other crisis in Africa has received as much attention in the West during the past 10 years as the war in Darfur, yet the underlying complexities of the war and the background to the crisis remains poorly understood by scholars, activists and aid workers.
This anthropological study of the war in Darfur explores the personal experience of war from the perspective of those refugees who have fled from it and puts forward potential solutions to the conflict. Drawing on ethnographic research carried out in the refugee camps of neighbouring eastern Chad,The War in Darfur: Reclaiming Sudanese History gives a voice to people who to date have had little opportunity to articulate their experiences.
Through facilitating the telling of the refugees’ tale, examining what happened and how, this book will be an interesting contribution to the areas of refugee studies, anthropology and history.
Table of Contents
1. Modes of Explanation and Production of History 2. Studying War and Displacement in Sudan: Framing the Field 3. Designs for Darfur: Mirror Images 4. Deep Listening: Introducing the project "Darfurian Voices" 5. Into the Camps: Inscriptions and Depictions 6. Arabs Remembered: Locals and Foreigners 7. Reinventing the Rebellion: Causes and Chronologies 8. Returns: Circumscribed Futures 9. Conclusion: Congestion and Marginalization
Dr. Anders Hastrup holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Copenhagen. He has worked for different NGOs in Darfur and South Sudan and is the Director of The Danish Institute in Damascus.