NigeriaWatch, IFRA, and the Institute of African Studies have teamed to conduct a 5- days training (13-17 March 2023) workshop on the methodological challenges of violence studies in Nigeria.
Examples include: Writing a paper on conflicts with Vitus Ukoji Nwankwo (Nigeria Watch Coordinator) and Dr. Victor Chinedu Eze (Nigeria Watch Information retrieval Specialist); and Dr. Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos' Five Golden Rules to Study Conflicts presentation (Scientific Director).
Participants (20 max.) will get a deeper understanding of Nigeria's security concerns as well as new methodological skills, such as how to generate statistics, interpret data, and write articles.
Participants who complete the five days of training will receive a diploma at the conclusion of the program attesting to their participation. A selected number of participants will also be invited to carry out a research project on violence in Nigeria.
Applicants must submit:
-a short cover letter (1 and a half page max.) presenting academic background and interest in working for this specific Workshop.
Deadline for applications: February the 1st, 2023.
Required qualifications: Being a master’s student or having already obtained at least a master’s degree in any topic pertaining to social and/or human sciences.
Students have to bring their laptop and will be given passwords to access the Nigeria Watch data. The selection will be organized by the department of African Studies.
Send your application by email to this email address:
Le 23 janvier 2023 aura lieu une journée d’étude sur le thème des patrimonialisations populaires et postcoloniales « minoritaires » en France et à l’étranger. Cet évènement est le fruit d'un partenariat entre différents laboratoires et instituts de recherche : l'AMUP (Architecture, Morphologie / Morphogenèse Urbaine et Projet), le SAGE (Sociétés, Acteurs, Gouvernement en Europe), l'IFRA-Nigeria, et le réseau ‘lieu’. La journée d’étude se déroulera en présentiel à l’Université de Strasbourg mais sera accessible en direct pour tous via Zoom. Le lien pour y accéder est disponible ici.
In the context of a project financed by the French Ministry of Foreign affairs through the Fonds de solidarité pour les projets innovants (FSPI), IFRA provided digital technologies and teaching to young Nigerians for them to learn how to protect, promote, and diffuse knowledge about Nigerian intangible heritages in Benin City. IFRA is particularly interested in the historical and anthropological variations that characterise intangible heritages and this project centrally aims at shedding light on the evolution that traditional practices have gone through to adapt to a changing environment. Consequently, IFRA commissioned the Institute for Benin Studies to create a digital archive cataloguing the intangible heritage of the Benin people while concomitantly training young Nigerians to use different tools and techniques to create and preserve auditive and visual contents
On the 25th of February and the 11th of March 2023, Nigerians are called to the polls for the sixth time since the return to a multi-party system in the country twenty-three years ago. These elections will take place in a tense context and expectations are running high regarding the growing insecurity and the economic crisis Nigeria is facing. To understand better what is at stakes, IFRA-Nigeria organised a roundtable on the 8th of December 2022 gathering researchers working on various issues related to the 2023 elections at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan.
The French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA), using The Solidarity Fund for Innovative Projects (FSPI) awarded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is funding a project in Calabar entitled “Protecting Political activists archives to write another history of Nigeria”. This project, which is a component of the 'Nigerian Heritage Digitisation Programme', aims at digitising important and imperilled archival holdings of Nigeria’s radical and prodemocracy activists to increase accessibility to these materials as well as to preserve them for posterity.
Please find here the call for applications for the Sciences Po Visiting Faculty Global Programme.
Sciences Po is calling for outstanding applications for visiting faculty from around the world. In the 2023-2024 academic year, Sciences Po will open two visiting faculty positions in the social sciences or humanities, for up to a semester-long each (6-weeks minimum).
Can you explain to us what the INFRAPATRI project is, what brings you to Ibadan and what is your role in this project?
INFRAPATRI is a program funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR), from March 2021 to March 2025. It is a program that I supervise within my research unit, PRODIG, based at the Campus Condorcet in Aubervilliers, France. The objectives of this program are to compare the relationships, knowledge, and attachments of city-dwellers and municipal authorities to plants in four cities in sub-Saharan Africa: Yaoundé in Cameroon, Ibadan in Nigeria, Porto-Novo in Benin Republic, and Dakar in Senegal. One hypothesis that we want to test in these four cities pertaining to these relationships to plants is that, in addition to the heritage policies that have been implemented in African cities and that are often focused on the built environment and, moreover, on colonial buildings, there may also be memorial attachments to plants by the inhabitants of these cities.
The unfolding electoral moment in Nigeria is a period of critical importance for the country and of great interest to the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA), based at the Institute of African Studies (University of Ibadan). IFRA intends to play a role in observing and analysing the social impacts of Nigerian policies, polities, and politics in a short- and long-term perspective. In this electoral setting, IFRA is launching an observatory overseeing the 2023 elections in Nigeria. The aim is to produce socio-anthropological data and analysis on the election process. For this, IFRA is funding several young Nigerian researchers to conduct fieldwork-based research upon different topics (political violence, fraud, public space dynamics, particular groups voting intentions, ethnic based voting patterns…).
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Abuja, Nigeria announces a small grants competition for writers, researchers, and activists working on or in Nigeria. The grant forms a part of a wider programme on the Digitisation of Nigerian Heritage funded by the French Institute for Research in Africa, (IFRA-Nigeria), and the Embassy of France in Nigeria.
The component of the project undertaken by CDD aims to digitally preserve and disseminate the inspiring documentary heritage of earlier generations of Nigeria’s radical and pro-democracy activists. These efforts are anchored on the premise that unearthing the activities and debates that preoccupied earlier generations of Nigeria’s radical thinkers and activists can help enrich contemporary activism, public discourses, and academic scholarship in and on Nigeria.
On 25th February and 11th March 2023, Nigerians are called to the polls for the sixth time since the return to multipartism in 1999. These elections will take place in a tense context and expectations are running high regarding the growing insecurity and the economic crisis Nigeria is facing. To understand better what is at stakes, IFRA-Nigeria is organising a roundtable on 8 December 2022 gathering researchers working on various issues related to the 2023 elections.
Wednesday 7th December, 6PM (WAT)
Nigeria's Fourth Republic, 1999-2021. A Militarised Democracy by Dr Michael Nwankpa published by Routledge in 2022.
This book reflects on Nigeria’s Fourth Republic, the country’s longest democratic period since it gained independence. It argues that although constitutional or political democracy has lasted for over two decades, Nigeria’s democracy remains largely militarized. This book makes a compelling argument for considering the distinct character of the Nigerian nation state’s path to militarization over the last 20 years of experimentation with democracy. Its fresh insights into the fourth republic’s path to militarization will be of interest to researchers of African politics, security and development.
Discussion: Dr Oliver Coates (University of Cambridge)
Online Book Launch on Zoom. RSVP : https://forms.gle/5E1tgJApLiZN5yTC9
Journée d'étude : Quelle(s) catégorisation(s) pour les patrimonialisations “minoritaires” ? Enjeux épistémologiques (Lundi 28 novembre 2022)
Cette première journée d’étude se situe dans le cadre plus large d’une recherche sur les « Patrimonialisations "minoritaires" : enjeux épistémologiques, terrains et questions émergentes » (RESEAU LIEU, AMUP-ENSAS, SAGE-Université de Strasbourg, IFRA-Nigeria) (2022-2024).
Call for one funded PhD Position on “Experiences of climate change : Protests and mobilizations in coastal urban areas (Gulf of Guinea)”
Sciences Po Paris is looking for a PhD Candidate to join the Centre for International Studies (CERI) to address the following topic: “Experiences of climate change: protests and mobilizations of inhabitants in coastal urban areas (Gulf of Guinea)”. The PhD candidate will join the Doctoral School at Sciences Po in the doctoral programme in political science. He or she will be under the supervision of Laurent Fourchard, research professor in political science at CERI and will work in association with the Sciences Po Urban School. He or she will have a second institutional affiliation at the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA) at Ibadan (Nigeria). The PhD grant is funded by the Mission pour les initiatives transverses et interdisciplinaires (MITI) of the CNRS.
Call for applications for a field research internship for 1 master student in social sciences (anthropology, sociology, cultural geography). The intern will be part of the research program INFRAPATRI “Knowledges and Attachments to Urban Plants in Sub-Saharan Africa (Benin, Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal): Identification and Production of a Heritage from Below" (coordinated by Dr Emilie Guitard).
The interdisciplinary project INFRAPATRI aims to study the local knowledges and forms of attachment to urban plants in four sub-Saharan African cities : Yaounde in Cameroon, Ibadan in Nigeria, Porto-Novo in Benin and Dakar in Senegal.
On Monday 21 November, the Centre of Criminology at the University of Cape Town and the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol will be holding two events in Cape Town and online, relating to the role and position of cannabis in the African context. These events are part of the "Cannabis Africana: Drugs and Development in Africa" that IFRA-Nigeria has been a partner of since its inception.
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