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IFRA e-paper : Oil curse, state instability, and violence in developing countries: theoretical lessons for Nigeria

PEROUSE DE MONTCLOS, Marc-Antoine (2014) Oil production in Nigeria is often believed to bring economic failure, political instability, the inability to democratise, high levels of corruption, and violence in the form of rising crime, interstate wars, and internal conflicts. Such an assumption is quite prevalent amongst aid practitioners, journalists, activists, and some academics. Yet there are many exceptions...

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IFRA e-paper : Muslims, Christians and religious violence in Nigeria: patterns and mapping (June 2006 – May 2014)

OLOJO, Akinola Ejodame (2014) The notion that religious violence in Nigeria is always characterised by conflicts between religions (Muslims versus Christians) is too simplistic. This study shows that between June 2006 and May 2014 the frequency of violent death incidents involving Islamic groups against Islamic groups is...

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Conference on Boko Haram and security issues between Nigeria and Niger

On June 30th 2014, Dr. Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos and Dr. Elodie Apard presented IFRA’s last publication on Boko Haram (Edited by Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos, Boko Haram: Islamism, politics, security and the state in Nigeria, West African Politics and Society Series, Vol. 2, IFRA-Nigeria, Africa Studies Centre, Leiden, 2014) as well as part of their research work on the security situation in northern Nigeria. The Conference, co-organised by the Nigérien Ministry of Foreign Affairs (...)

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Trans-Islam Project : latest news

After the Presentation meeting, that took place in Niamey between 17th and 19th of March 2014, the team members conducted individual documentary research. They met again in Niamey on July 1rst, 2014, to participate in the methodological workshop, dedicated to the fieldwork preparation...

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New publications about Nigeria in the Social Sciences and the Humanities

BiblioNigeria is a watchtower for all articles and books published about Nigeria in the Social Sciences and the Humanities. N°4/2014 has been released. Dowload pdf bulletin and check latest publications about Nigeria in the Social Sciences and the Humanities.

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Nigeria Watch Official Presentation

The official presentation of the Nigeria Watch project took place in Ibadan on 22 May 2014 at the University of Ibadan Conference Centre, in UI Hotels. The event aimed to inform members of the public about the Nigeria Watch project. Dignitaries at the occasion included the Ambassador of France, His Excellency Mr Jacques Champagne de Labriolle; the Consul General of France, His Excellency Mr François Sastourné; the Consul of Républic of Bénin, His Excellency Mr Zacharie Chabi-Kobi; Professor (...)

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Call for field research proposals: Trans-Islam Research Project

Trans-Islam is a two-year research project that analyses the religious flows and the changes occurring in the Niger–Nigeria religious space. In the framework of this project, the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nigeria) is offering 4 (four) grants to 4 junior researchers—MA or PhD students—aimed at supporting field research.

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Deadline extended: Call for proposals 2014: IFRA research grants for the Nigeria Watch Project

As part of the Nigeria Watch project, the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nigeria) is offering 20–25 research grants. Nigeria Watch is a database that monitors and compiles violent deaths occurring in Nigeria since 1 June 2006 (see www.ifra-nigeria.org/research-programmes/nigeria-watch/). IFRA-Nigeria invites researchers in the social sciences and the humanities to carry out research on selected topics from the database (see below for the list of topics). Each selected (...)

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New publication IFRA/ASC Leiden: Boko Haram: Islamism, politics, security and the state in Nigeria

The second opus of the West African Politics and Society series (WAPOSO) focuses on the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria. This book is the first attempt to understand Boko Haram in a comprehensive and consistent way. It examines the early history of the sect and its transformation into a radical armed group. It analyses the causes of the uprising against the Nigerian state and evaluates the consequences of the on-going conflict from a religious, social and political point of view.

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Nigeria Watch Project

Nigeria Watch (NW) is a database that monitors and compiles violent deaths, including accidents, crimes, conflicts, natural disasters, occurring in Nigeria since 1 June 2006. It relies principally on ten Nigerian daily newspapers, which are analysed by information retrieval specialists on a daily basis. Other sources of information, such as human rights organisations and Federal security agencies, are used to cross-check data and mitigate methodological biases.

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IFRA fellow Philip Olayoku at the final XenAfPol Conference, University of Cambridge

IFRA-Nigeria research fellow Philip Olayoku attended the final conference of the XenAfPol project, which took place at the Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge on 16–18 December 2013. He was sponsored by IFRA-Nigeria in collaboration with the University of Bordeaux and the University of Cambridge. XenAfPol, The Politics of Xenophobic Exclusion: Mobilisations, Local Orders and Violence” is a three-year research programme funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR). (...)

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TransIslam

TransIslam is a two-year research program (2014–15) initiated by IFRA-Nigeria, funded by CSFRS, and led by a team of seven researchers from Niger, Nigeria, France and the UK. Purpose of the Project The area that today encompasses northern Nigeria and southern Niger has been particularly dynamic since the late-18th century:

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PERILA N-N Research project : Report

The PERILA research project, jointly conducted by IFRA-Nigeria and Lasdel (Laboratory for Study and Research on Social Dynamics and Local Development), ended in July 2013.

After 12 months of work, several meetings, collective thought, and long periods of individual fieldwork, the 11 researchers involved delivered their reports:

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Farewell Director

The tenure of IFRA-Nigeria director Dr. Gérard Chouin came to an end in December 2013 and a new director has been appointed. From January 2014, Dr. Chouin is Assistant Professor of African History at the College of William and Mary, Virginia, USA. Much has been achieved over the past three years: IFRA has launched and been involved in various research projects with Nigerian, West African, and other international partners; and a number of quality works have been published in IFRA’s book (...)

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IFRA Nigeria Research Fellows

Ifra Research Fellowship 2013

About the Fellowship The IFRA Research Fellowship is an academic extension of IFRA-Nigeria. It (...)