From the 11th to 15th of December 2017, IFRA organised a week of Masterclass entitled “10 Myths on Violence in Nigeria”. It took place at the IFRA library, Institute of African studies, University of Ibadan.
11 master and PhD students of the University of Ibadan in various fields of social sciences and humanities were selected to participate. The programme was led by Prof. Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos, political scientist and specialist of Nigeria assisted by Ghislain Benrais, programme developer.
11th to 15th of December 2017
In Nigeria as in many other contexts, the aura of mystery surrounding violent phenomena shapes a conventional wisdom. This conventional wisdom englobes a series of widespread beliefs, commonly considered as accurate and referenced. If some of these beliefs effectively include elements of truth, others are, partially or totally, what one shall call “myths”.
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.