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Report: “Media as fieldwork. How to do ethnography with press articles”

On Tuesday 26th of September at 2pm occurred an exciting IFRA’s research seminar organised jointly with the Alliance Francaise at the Alliance Francaise Ibadan in Iyaganku. The seminar was run by Dr. Julien Bonhomme, anthropologist and lecturer at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. Dr. Bonhomme had presented his book The Sex Thieves. Anthropology of a Rumor (2016, University of Chicago Press) the week before at the Alliance. The seminar was entitled “Media as fieldwork. How to do ethnography with press articles”. The seminar was opened to IFRA fellows, which comprises a network of more than 70 early researchers across Nigeria and beyond.

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Research Masterclass: “Sacred Urbanism Entrepreneurial Religion, Infrastructure and the New Urbanism in Nigeria”

From Monday 19th to Friday 23rd of June 2017, a Research masterclass jointly organized by Sciences Po, Columbia University, the University of Ibadan and IFRA Nigeria was held. It brought 18 junior doctoral students from all over Nigeria to the University of Ibadan for an intensive workshop designed to train students in the intellectual questions, methods, and writing strategies relevant for their future careers. Students engaged in reading seminars around the topic of Sacred Urbanism, developed intellectual questions around that topic, and engaged in primary research at a field site.

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Globafrica Workshop “Reconnecting Africa: Achievements and Perspectives”

Globafrica is an ambitious historical and archaeological project aiming at rethinking African long-term integration into the rest of the world. It intends to develop novel tools to foster a balanced vision of connections between Africa and other continents before the slave trade and colonialism, in the 18th and 19th centuries respectively. Phenomena such as migratory dynamics, demographic and epidemiological crises as well as increasing social complexity and state or cultural formations, are considered from the angle of intercontinental exchanges. As such, the project pays attention to the relations between oceanic and Saharan interfaces on the one hand, and inland political and social configurations on the other.

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Report: Learning Secret: Anthropological fieldwork and the production/communication of knowledge”, Dr. Dominique Somda

2017 05 ifra fellow seminar 3On 23rd of May 2017, our monthly IFRA research seminar took place in the IFRA library, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan. As usual, it was open to IFRA research fellows. Outstandingly however, it was not run by the IFRA core staff but by our Academic guest, Dr. Dominique Somda. Following the lecture she delivered on the 22nd of May in Draper’s Hall, Dr. Somda, sociocultural anthropologist and traveling faculty at the International Honours Programme (Brattleboro, Vermont, USA), addressed the topical issue of secrecy in social science and humanities research.

The goal was to introduce students to the research of secret issues. It consisted in an exploration of the anthropological production of knowledge in the context of secrecy.

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Research Masterclass

Sacred Urbanism: Entrepreneurial Religion, Infrastructure and the New Urbanism in Nigeria

June 19-23 2017, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Picture by Akintunde Akinleye for the exhibition “The Spiritual Highway: Religious World Making in Megacity Lagos”, in collaboration with Dr. Marloes Janson, March 2016, University of LeidenThe French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA) Nigeria (Ibadan), Sciences Po (Paris) and Columbia University (New York) invite applications for 18 young researchers on our first jointly taught research masterclass, to be held at the University of Ibadan, from June 19 to June 23, 2017.

The masterclass is aimed at PhD students in Social Sciences and Humanities at the beginning of their doctoral studies (1st or 2nd year), who have not yet finished conducting their fieldwork, and also at students finishing a research master’s degree and planning to continue with doctoral studies.

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