Selected Conference Papers

  • “Indonesian Democratic Consolidation and the Challenges of Digitalized Electoral Democracy.” Asian Political and International Studies Association 17th Annual Congress, “Towards New Modalities of Governance in Asia: E-democracy, Civil Society, and Human-Centred Policymaking.” Bali, Indonesia, June 29 to Saturday, July 1, 2023.
  • "Ethnic Politics, Illiberal Democracy and Power: The Cases of Sierra Leone and Guinea." Research Committees session "Securitizing the State? the Challenges of Illiberal Democracies and Authoritarian Benevolence" XX ISA World Congress of Sociology (June 25-July 1, 2023), Melbourne, Australia.
  • "Military Regimes and Human Security in West Africa: A Critique of Democratic Failures in Mali and Guinea." Research Committees session "The Military and Politics in 21st Century" XX ISA World Congress of Sociology (June 25-July 1, 2023), Australia.
  • “Digitalized Electoral Democracy: Islam, Political Campaigns, and the Media.” Presented (with Sirojuddin Arif) at the 2022 G20 Bali Summit in Focus: Indonesia on the Global Stage, organized by University of Widya Mataram in collaboration with the Northern Illinois University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. January 24 – 25, 2023.
  • “African Epistemologies of Peace and Conflict and Knowledge Production” presented to panel on “Knowledge Production and African Peace and Conflict Epistemology.” WARA Midwest Conference, July 26-27, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • “Contemporary Nationalisms and Conceptions of National Security: military power and the reshaping of international security” Dealing with Disasters Conference, June 9-10, 2022, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.
  • “European-African Migration Cooperation: Agency within an Incentives Approach” (with Nikolas Emmanuel) presented to session on Comparative Politics Meets IR: Migration, Peacekeeping, Economic Development and Military, 79th Annual Midwest Political Science Conference, April 7-10, 2022, Chicago.
  • “Glocalized Security: The Wars in Yemen and the Horn of Africa.” New Gulf Streams Middle East and Easter Africa intersected; 4th AEGIS Thematic Conference on Africa in the Indian Ocean, Iscte – University Institute of Lisbon, September 16-17, 2021.
  • “The Gentry and the Lumpen Tenants: Corruption and Environmental Damages in Africa.” The Association for Humanist Sociology, 42nd Annual Meeting, Havana, Cuba, November 1-5, 2017.
  • “African Security under Global Liberal Governance: The Nexus between R2P and Non-Indifference” (with Fredrick Ogenga). Fifth Global International Studies Conference, organized by the World International Studies Committee, Taiwan, April 1-3, 2017.
  • “The Creation of Lumpen Tenants in Freetown: Youth Economic Survival and Patrimonialism in Postwar Sierra Leone.” Presented to the Global Studies Association annual conference, University of Toledo, Ohio, June 12-14, 2015.
  • “Civil Society and Public Finance Management in Postwar Sierra Leone and Liberia.” Presented to the Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, Indianapolis. November, 2014.
  • “African Agency in New Humanitarianism and Responsible Governance.” Panel on the geopolitics of African Peace and Security Architecture, International Studies Association 55th Annual Convention, March 26-29, 2014, Toronto, Canada.
  • “The Language of Nationalism in Postwar Reconstruction: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d'Ivoire.” Presented to the Second International Sociological Association Forum of Sociology, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 1-4, 2012.
  • “Humanitarian Intervention and State-Building: New Humanitarianism in Theory and Practice.” Presented to the Third Global International Studies Conference, organized by the World International Studies Committee, Porto, Portugal, August 17-20, 2011.
  • The Contours of Humanitarian Intervention: War and Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone.” Presented to the Third Annual Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa Conference, Washington, DC, November 2010.
  • “International and Local Peace Initiatives: Lessons from the Conflict in Côte d’Ivoire.” Presented to WARA/WARC Peace Initiative in West Africa Conference, Dakar, Senegal, December 2009.
  • “State Decay and Civil War: A Discourse on Power in Sierra Leone.” Presented to the Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, Chicago, November, 2008.
  • “Racial Profiling, the War on Terror, and Democracy: Changing Trends and Perspectives.” Presented at the American Sociological Association Meeting, Philadelphia, August 2005.
  • “State Decay, Refugee Formation, and Regional Stability in West Africa.” Presented to the Towards an Africa Without Borders Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 8, 2004.
  • “Changing World Order and the Future of Democracy in Africa” presented to the Towards an Africa without Borders Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 2003.
  • “Breakdown and Reconstitution: Problems and Prospects for Democracy and State-Building in Multiethnic Nigeria” presented to the conference on “The Road to Democratization: Freeways and Detours”, Duke University, October 2001.
  • “Civic Nationality in Post-Communist Bulgaria” presented to the summer institute on “Attitudes, Identities, and Legitimacy: the Political System and the Nation”, University of Tuebingen, Germany, July 2000.
  • “Reconciling Ethnic and National Identity in Divided Societies: The Nigerian Dilemma” presented to the “New Social Science Training Conference”, TCDS, New School for Social Research, New York December 1999.
  • “How Ethical is it to Purchase Weapons in Either Cash or Credit Instead of Financing Social and Economic Development?” presented to the Student Pugwash International Conference on “Science, Technology, and Ethical Priorities”, University of Wisconsin, Madison, June 1996.
  • “Human Rights Violations in Bulgaria” presented to the “East European Human Rights Network International Conference”, Budapest, June 1995.


Abu Bakarr Bah, Ph.D.

Department of Sociology
Zulauf 807

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