Methodological seminar - Bimbo Stanley Omopo

DSC 0174On the 17th of July, Bimbo Stanley Omopo a doctoral student in Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, presented the methods he mobilizes to investigate, inter alia, the profound presence of religious identities on the University of Ibadan campus, particularly through the religious organizations that exist, which to a considerable extent, can influence who becomes what, when, and how, especially as it relates to politics and administration amongst students and staff at the university, as well as the influence of religion on the everyday lives of students. Youssef Bouri, research project manager at IFRA-Nigeria, was his discussant during this presentation.

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Igi'bàdàn. Living With Trees In Ìbàdàn. An Exhibition Between Arts And Science

Keep 4Between the 13th of June and 15th of July an exhibition titled  “Igi'bàdàn. Living With Trees In Ìbàdàn. An Exhibition Between Arts And Science” took place at the Cornelius Adepegba Museum of African Art inside the Institute of African Studies of the University of Ibadan. The exhibition gathered works conducted since 2017, with the visual artists Delphine and Elodie Chevalme, and from 2022 with the photographer Obáyomí A. Anthony, Emilie Guitard (CNRS / Prodig) started a collaboration between arts (drawing, cyanotype, photography) and science (anthropology) in Ìbàdàn, in south-west Nigeria, on local knowledge and the relations of the inhabitants to the vegetation present in the city.

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Publication of the eighth issue of the journal "Sources"

9dd8827b 6501 c3ec 66bf bd4be052fd5aThe eighth issue of Sources just came out and is accessible here.

The contributions composing this special issue bring together historians and anthropologists to explore the daily realities of madness under and in the aftermath of colonialism. Drawing on institutional and personal archives, interviews and testimonies, observations and photographs, but also tackling absence and refusal, the six articles span French West Africa and contemporary Algeria, Gabon and Ghana, as well as colonial Algeria and the Upper Volta in the 1970s.


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Publication of the seventh issue of the journal "Sources"

cover sources n7 3 small200The seventh issue of Sources just came out and is accessible here.

This latest issue consists of five articles from a range of different disciplines (history, theatre studies, political science, and geography), using various methodologies and materials (ethnographic immersion and observations, interviews, archival research, and digital tools) to provide original, polyphonic reflections on the demands of African fieldwork, from Tanzania to Angola, Guinea, Kenya, and Nigeria.


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IFRA's participation in the 2024 Lagos Studies Association Conference

DSC05880The 8th Annual Lagos Studies Association Conference took place between the 25th and the 29th of June 2024. Throughout the LSA, IFRA-Nigeria and Nigeria Watch staff organized and moderated several panels. The theme of this LSA conference was "African Identities: Peoples, Cultures & Institutions in Motion". During this conference the IFRA-Nigeria and Nigeria Watch teams organised and animated several panels detailled below.

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IFRA & Thursday Film Series – Alain Kassanda retrospective

DSC05833Between the 24th and 25th of June,  film director Alain Kassanda visited Ibadan to screen two of his movies in partnership with IFRA-Nigeria and Thursday Film Series. Alain Kassanda is a Congolese French film maker, film director and cinematographer. He is known for his documentary films Trouble Sleep (2020), Colette & Justin (2022), and Coconut Head Generation (2023). He moved to Ibadan in 2015, where he shot his first medium-length film. Kassanda's works have been screened at major film festivals across the globe, including the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the International Film Festival and Form on Human Rights (FIFDH Geneva), the New York African Film Festival or the Jean Rouch International Film Festival, Paris.

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Conference: Around Igi’bàdàn: What Place for Plants in Ìbàdàn ?

Keep and belowOn the 13th of June, a roundtable titled « Around Igi’bàdàn: What Place for Plants in Ìbàdàn ?» took place at Drapers’ Hall, Institute of African Studies, University of Ìbàdàn. This round-table accompanied the presentation of the arts/science exhibition "Igi’bàdàn: Living with Trees in Ìbàdàn" by the Chevalme Sisters, Dr. Emilie Guitard and Obáyomí Anthony, presented from June 13 to July 15 in the CAMAA gallery at the Institute of African Studies (IAS), University of Ìbàdàn, with the support of IAS, IFRA Nigeria and the French Embassy in Nigeria.

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Conference : Green or Grey Urban Jungles : What Place for Plants in Nigeria's Cities?

DSC01692On the 7th of June, The French embassy in Nigeria in partnership with IFRA-Nigeria organized a conference titled: “Green or Grey Urban Jungles : What Place for Plants in Nigeria's Cities?»” featuring Jomi Bello (director of WAFFLESNCREAM), Emilie Guitard (Anthropologist at CNRS/ coordinator of INFRAPATRI, a project about knowledges and attachments to urban plants in Sub-Saharan Africa), Folu Oyefeso (photographer, member of « Save Our Green Spaces Ibadan » group), Théo Lawson (architect and founder of Freedom Park), Iyabode Aboaba (Manager of Freedom Park). Tabia Princewill acted as a moderator.

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Conference : Religious Landscapes: Isese, Islam and Christianity in the Urban Space of Ibadan

IMG 8922On the 30th of May, a conference organised by IFRA-Nigeria titled “Religious Landscapes: Isese, Islam and Christianity in the Urban Space of Ibadan” on the 30th of May 2024 took place at the Museum of Unity of Ibadan. The conference hosted Professor R.O. Olaniyi of the Department of History, University of Ibadan, Professor Olufunke Adeboye also of the Department of History, University of Lagos and Mr Fatosin Awosola.

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Nigerian heritage digitisation program closing event

DSC0547Between the 15th and the 17th of May 2024, the closing event of IFRA’s 2022-2024 FSPI (Solidarity Fund for Innovative Projects) program which aimed at furthering Nigerian Heritage Digitisation Program took place. The event was titled: “The now and the future: Digital technology at the service of Nigerian heritages”. In 2022, the Embassy of France in Nigeria and IFRA-Nigeria have been awarded funding to support efforts by Nigerian researchers and professionals, from partner institutions, to develop their ideas and projects on the conservation of Nigerian Heritage and Patrimony.

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Methodological seminar - Beatrice Touchelay

DSC 0162On the 2nd of May 2024, Beatrice Touchelay, History Professor at the University of Lille, presented a seminar on "What counting means. Gender and statistics in twentieth-century Nigeria". Beatrice currently leads a research project titled “Counting and classifying in French-speaking Africa from the origin to the XXIth century: Cameroon, Madagascar and Senegal, genesis of a continental network”, she also works in Nigeria. This methodological seminar was an opportunity to discover her methods and her work.

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Study days: African Studies and the digital Archival turn - Antecedents, Futures and the Nigerian project

DSC 0108On the 25th and 26th of April, two study days took place at the Institute of African Studies. The first day was organized around hybrid conferences while the second one around a workshop. These two days, focused on digital humanities, aimed at fostering conversations regarding the epistemic predicament of inadequate documentation, compounded at the digital turn by the limited visibility of even documented African knowledges that are not born-digital.

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Conference - Erwan Dianteill

DSC 0063On the 24th of April, Erwan Dianteill (University Paris Cité) gave a conference titled “from medieval geomancy to the church of Ifa (Nigeria, Republic of Benin): history and anthropology of a divination system". Femi Jegede (University of Ibadan) was a discutant in this conference. Prof. Dianteill’s presentation highlighted the history of Ifa and what the worship entailed, the relationship with other Yoruba Orisas (Esu, Sango, etc), the reason for syncretism and formation of the Ifa church, the geographical location of this practice and the globalization of the ifa practice itself. He also reviewed the differences and the similarities between the Ifa practice and the Ifa Church.

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IFRA-NIGERIA & MOWAA earthwork conservation workshop

NIEEEEHOn the 17th and 18th of April 2024, IFRA-Nigeria in collaboration with the Edo Museum of West African Art (MOWAA) in the ongoing IFRA-Nigeria FSPI project organized a two-day workshop Earthwork Conservation. The theme of the workshop was Rebuilding Conservation Monitoring Capacity.

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