The African Leadership Centre (ALC) in collaboration with the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Nairobi held an International Conference on Security and Society in Africa from 23rd to 25th June 2014. The conference was supported by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond: The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences.
The aim of the conference was to benchmark the field of Security Studies by examining recent transformations in African societies, and what implications these have had on thinking about and practice of security and its effect on development.
Presentations at the conference were by invitation, and a total of 18 papers and at least 3 public lectures were presented covering five thematic areas. There was also one policy roundtable organised at the University of Nairobi. The conference proceedings will be published as a book in a series to be launched under contract with Zed Books London and also in open source journal format.
It is planned that the book and journal will be launched in 2015. The tentative title for the book is Rethinking Security and Society in Africa