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Fourth Annual Conference in Political Economy

Keynote Address: “Growing Hegemony of Illegitimate Authority”

Keynote Speaker: Susan George

Discussant: Bridget O’Laughlin


SUSAN GEORGE is the author of fourteen books written in French and English and widely translated. She is president of the Board of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, a decentralised fellowship of scholars living throughout the world whose work is intended to contribute to social justice and who are active in civil society in their own countries. She is also honorary president of ATTAC-France [Association for Taxation of Financial Transaction to Aid Citizens] where she also served as vice-president between 1999 and mid-2006 and remains a member of the scientific council.

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Bridget Durban

Bridget O’Laughlin worked at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo from 1979 to 1992, first in the Centro de Estudos Africanos (CEA) and then in the Faculty of Economics. Prior to that she taught anthropology at Stanford University and subsequently she taught development studies at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) from which she is now retired. She has written extensively on the agrarian question in southern Africa. Her current research is on health, specifically on the production of affliction in rural southern Africa. She is one of the editors of the journal Development & Change.