Florence Brisset-Foucault is a lecturer in political science at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a member of the Institut des mondes africains in Paris. Previously, she was a junior research fellow at Trinity College, a member of the Centre of African Studies, and a research associate at the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge.
Until they were banned in 2009, the radio debates called Ugandan People’s Parliaments gave common folk a forum to air their views. But how do people talk about politics in an authoritarian regime? The forms and parameters of such speech turn out to be more complex than a simple confrontation between an oppressive state and a liberal civil society.