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Dynamics of Islam in Nigeria in a transnational perspective

Main Research Directions

As part of the implementation of its research program Dynamics of Islam in Nigeria, IFRA-Nigeria organized two brainstorming sessions, the first at University of Ibadan and the second at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The aim of these workshops was to stimulate collective reflection and to define common research perspectives. We wish to thank all the scholars who joined us in this preliminary stage of the project.

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Assessment of Risks in the Niger Republic and on the Niger-Nigeria border

CSFRSSupported by the Conseil Supérieur pour la Formation et la recherche Stratégique (CSFRS) http://www.csfrs.fr/ and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) http://www.afd.fr

In July 2011, IFRA-Nigeria was awarded a 100,000 euros research grant by the Conseil Supérieur de la Formation et de la Recherche Stratégique (CSFRS) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) to analyse socio-political Risks in Niger. In order to respond ton the call for project, IFRA-Nigeria formed a consortium with the Laboratoire d’Etudes et de Recherche sur les Dynamiques Sociales et le Développement Local (LASDEL) in Niamey.

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Languages in Nigeria: Identities, dynamics and didactics - Naija Project

Nigeria Pidgin (NP) is spoken by more than 50 million speakers all over Nigeria, in a variety of forms that go from the vehicular “broken English” to the more elaborate and complex varieties developled by standup comedians, song writers, journalists and students. The broad intercomprehension that exists between the Pidgins spoken in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Sierra Leone give it a strong potential as a language for commerce and regional integration and could be useful in the present context of globalisation. Despite this powerful social and political potential NP suffers from a lack of recognition that hinders its development as a potential linguistic integrator for the Nigerian nation.

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Patrimony and Identity in West Africa

For some times, the concept of patrimony, interpreted in a variety of subfields within the Social Sciences and the Humanities, has occupied a significant place in research programs on Africa. The making of patrimonies and the way they interact with the present – the process of patrimonialisation – studied in a time-sensitive perspective, may provide alternative understanding of contemporary Africa.

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Habitele: wearable digital identities

The Habitele Project is funded by the ANR, in the category “innovating societies”. The project is led by the Centre d’Etudes Européennes, Sciences Po (Paris), with Dominique Boullier as project leader. It is conducted in partnership with Telecom Paris Tech (Artur Hecker’s team) and 9 teams or researchers around the world.

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History of Medical Research in Nigeria

British academyThis partnership aims to extend the European collaborations being developed through the successful ESRC-Open Research Area (ORA) “Memorials and remains of medical research in Africa” project (2011-2014), led at LSHTM by Wenzel Geissler (GHD), to include an Africa-based partner institution, IFRANigeria, in order to develop Nigerian research, teaching capacity and scholarly production in the history of medicine, with a specific focus on the history of medical research (both clinical and pharmaceutical) in Nigeria.

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Independance in Nigeria experienced at grass-roots level

Coordinator : Jean Luc Martineau

Scientific Committee : Dr A. Aderonke A. Adesanya (IAS, UI) ; Professor Adekunle Lawal (UI) ; J-L Martineau (IFRA) ; Professor A. Olukoju (UNILAG)

This program will provide grants to Nigerian researchers as part of the cooperation between IFRA and the Nigerian academic world as a whole. A conference will be organized where the results of the research financed by IFRA will be debated. The interest of this program is multiple:

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Languages in Nigeria: Identities, dynamics and didactics - CORPAFROAS Afroasiatic Spoken Corpus

ANR-06CORP (2006-2010)

Coordination Prof. Amina Mettouchi, Université de Nantes
Research partners : LLING (University of Nantes, A. Mettouchi), LLACAN (CNRS Villejuif, M. Vanhove), CREAM-LacNad (Inalco Paris , D. Caubet).
Experts : Prof Bernard Comrie (MPI Leipzig & UCSB Santa Barbara), Prof Shlomo Izre’el (Tel Aviv University).
Bernard CARON (IFRA) is part of the project for Hausa and Zaar, two Chadic languages spoken in Northern Nigeria.

This projet operates within the general field of the collection, analysis and dissemination of oral corpora in Non-European languages. Several French teams, within the CNRS and in different Universities, work on Afroasiatic languages and have at their disposal a certain amount of raw data. Within these teams, some researchers have begun publishing on line their oral data, duly transcribed and translated.

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