The research training and proposal development seminar of the XenAfPol project took place in IFRA’s offices at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, on January 16-17.
The XenAfPol project – the politics of xenophobic exclusion in Africa: mobilisations, local orders and violence (2011-2013) – focuses on the social and political implications of xenophobic processes and systems of differentiation between ‘nationals’ and ‘foreigners’, ‘autochthones’ and ‘non autochthones’, ‘indigenes’ and ‘non indigenes’ in DCR, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.
Dr. Laurent Fourchard from the Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux supervised the seminar, assisted by the IFRA team – Dr. Gerard Chouin, Dr. Elodie Apard-Malah and Manuel Reinert – as well as Dr. David Enweremadu and Dr. Adeola Adams.
Four researchers, whose proposal had been previously selected, presented their research project and engaged in discussions with all the participants. Methodological tools, advice for fieldwork, ethical requirements during the research work, as well as guidelines on the development of proposals meeting international standards were also given to the researchers.
Over the next few weeks, revised proposals will be submitted and successful authors will receive a grant for fieldwork. The best papers resulting from this research project will be presented by their authors at the University of Cambridge in England.
Researchers involved in the project
Joseph Ayodokun Osuolale (Independent Researcher, IFRA fellow):
“Coping mechanisms of Malian and Senegalese gem stone traders in the Ojo area of Ibadan, Oyo State”
Philip Olayoku (Peace and Conflict Studies Programme, IAS, University of Ibadan):
“Xenophobic relations and the politics of exclusion in Zangon Kataf, Kaduna State”
Aderounmu Olumide Adebimpe (Centre for Sustainable Development,
University of Ibadan):
“Indigenization and Acculturation: An Exploratory Assessment of Sedentary Fulani in Oke-Ogun Communities”
Daniel Olisa Iweze (Department of History, Bayero University, Kano):
‟Ethno-Religious Conflicts in Kano: The Migrant lgbo Economic Enterprises as Victims of Attacks and Basis for National Integration”