Call for proposals - Workshop on “Religious Architectural Heritage in Ibadan” (October 19th, 2022 - University of Ibadan / online)



As part of both its programmes on Digital Humanities and on Nigerian religious dynamics, IFRA-Nigeria is launching a new research project on the religious architectural heritage of Ibadan. Drawing from the fields of Digital Humanities, Architecture and the Socio-anthropology of religion, the objective is to map out, research and analyse the rich history and diverse aesthetics of all religious buildings in the capital of Oyo State. The project also has a strong training component, in order to develop the use of digital tools for the analysis and protection of religious architectural heritage. Finally, it aims at promoting the results of the project to a wider audience with the objective of sensitising the public on the need for preservation of this heritage. 

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ASAUK Conference Diaspora Restitution and Culture Broadcasting Live at IFRA-Nigeria

20220831logoASAUKIn 2022, the biennial ASAUK Conference will be broadcast live at IFRA-Nigeria. The conference titled titled: “Diaspora Remittance Flows: Restitution, Culture and Capital will be broadcast live from IFRA-Nigeria on Wednesday 31st August. On Thursday, 1st September the conference will be broadcast from Nairobi and the final part of the online conference will be broadcast from Liverpool on Friday 2nd September, jointly chaired by the ASAUK and RAS presidents.

This conference took place in-person and online at IFRA-Nigeria on Thursday 31st August from 10:30am to 3:30pm. With generous funding from the British Academy we were able to allow free online attendance for the Nigerian audience and to host an in-person roundtable discussion at IFRA-Nigeria at the University of Ibadan.

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Online Research Seminar - Negotiating Nuclear Narratives in Late Colonial Nigeria - Tue 16th Aug.- 3pm (WAT, Lagos)

202208 CHLOE instaIFRA-Nigeria organizes  a talk with Chloë Mayoux, PhD Canditate from the Department of International History, London School of Economics and Political Science, on the theme: “Negotiating Nuclear Narratives in Late Colonial Nigeria”. The event took place on Tuesday 16th August at 3pm (WAT, Lagos) on Zoom.

Her paper was discussed by Leye Komolafe, PhD Candidate from the Department of Philosophy, University of Ibadan.

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Bourses de recherche en islamologie - IFRA-Nigeria

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L'IFRA-Nigeria est partie prenante d'un appel à candidatures pour bourses de recherche proposé par le Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires Etrangères et le réseau des UMIFRE. L'appel vise à soutenir la jeune recherche en islamologie en proposant des bourses de terrain d’une durée de trois mois à destination de masterants et de six mois à destination de doctorant/es et jeunes docteur/es poursuivant des recherches dans ce domaine. Les boursiers et boursières pourront être accueilli/es par l'IFRA-Nigeria ainsi que par les autres centres membres du réseau des UMIFRE et d’autres instituts de recherche partenaires du programme.


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Salomé Okoekpen studying and drawing Muslim women’s engagement


"With my drawings, I have no interest in reproducing an exact ‘reality’ but in transmitting a lived experience, so it is less about exactitude and precision than narration and emotions. I see this tool as useful/necessary in my research practice: it completes my daily note taking, it is reflexive, since I include myself in the drawings."

Salomé Isibhenmen Okoekpen, a PhD student from the Global Studies Institute in the University of Geneva (Switzerland), currently hosted as a guest researcher at IFRA-Nigeria, shares in this interview about her research in anthropology on Muslim women’s engagement in religious associations and/or organisations in rural towns of  South-West Nigeria which includes drawings as a method.  


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One-Day Roundtable "Urban Lives & Environmental Changes" - May 10th, UniLag


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IFRA-Nigeria and the Center for Housing and Sustainable Development CHSD-UniLag organized a One-day Roundtable by & for Early-Career Researchers on "Urban Lives and Environmental Changes". The Roundtable took place on May 10th in the University of Lagos from 9am to 4pm.

This Roundtable was co-organized by early-career researchers from the Center of Housing and Sustainable Development (CHSD), University of Lagos and IFRA-Nigeria (Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan), and is part of a collaborative conference series organized by the Institut Français du Nigéria, the French Embassy in Nigeria and IFRA-Nigeria.

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The Moral Landscapes of Drugs in Africa - A special issue of Politique africaine

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A special issue of the  internationally renowned journal Politique Africaine adresses the theme "The Moral Landscapes of Drugs in Africa". Link to special issue (2021/3):

Based on the papers of this issue, IFRA-Nigeria organised an online seminar on Wednesday 27 April from 4pm to 6pm (WAT, Lagos & UTC+1, London).

Research on drugs in Africa has struggled to rid itself of assumptions inherited from the colonial period and the global war on drugs launched in the 1980s. Existing research on drugs (cannabis, cocaine and opiates) is often commissioned by states and is part of a primarily political and security agenda. In the context of growing public debate on the legalisation of drugs, such as cannabis, in several African countries, as well as the continued predominance of prohibitionist discourses, this special issue is timely. Contributions to the special issue aim to challenge existing research on drugs and break with an approach that remains mostly focussed on security.

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Earth Day Conference: "Challenges & Practilatities for Transition to Sustainable Societies" - April 21st, Lagos.

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Throughout spring 2022, Institut Français du Nigéria, the French Embassy in Nigeria and IFRA-Nigeria will be organising a collaborative conference series on environmental changes. To celebrate Earth Day, they organised  a conference entitled: "Challenges & Practicalities for a Transition to Sustainable Societies: Insights from France and Nigeria."
The roundtable was held at Alliance Française Lagos / Mike Adenuga Center (Ikoyi, Lagos) on April 21st from 6pm to 8pm.

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IFRA-Nigeria at the first conference on Digital Humanities in Francophone Africa

202203YaoundeVHBetween 21st and 26th March, Dr Cyrielle Maingraud-Martinaud and Dr Vincent Hiribarren attended the first conference on Digital Humanities in Francophone Africa. The conference took place at the University of Yaounde I in Cameroon and gathered more than 60 participants from various African francophone countries (including Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger etc.) and other countries (including France, Germany, Australia and Brazil). 

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Exhibition - Field a(r)t work: experiencing lived spaces through research creation in Lagos and Osogbo

20220405 Exhibition Remi and EniolaBased on two current fieldworks conducted in Osun Grove, Osogbo and Victoria Island, Lagos, this exhibition presented some of the materials produced during these research projects in order to capture and render the sensitive dimension of spaces. This visual and sound installation presented maps, photographs, and sound recordings. Te opening in the presence of the artist and researchers was held on April 5th, at 3pm in the Hall of the Institute of African Studies, UI. 

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"Understanding human trafficking: the input of collaborative research" - Presentation of PACKING research Project - April 8th & 11th, 2022

 20220408 PACKING Abuja

The project PACKING "Protection of migrants and Asylum seekers especially Children and women coming from Nigeria and victims of trafficKING" coordinated by ECPAT France and funded by the European Commission ended in 2019. Following on from PACKING project, presentations of the research outputs were organized in April 2022 at Institut Français du Nigéria (Abuja) and Alliance Française Lagos. These events are part of the project "Don't Pay with Your Life" coordinated by ECPAT France, funded by Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and MAEEL and in partnership with IFRA-Nigeria, UROMI JDPCI and GPI and ECPAT-Luxembourg.

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Conference and Photo presentation: Gender and Boxing in Lagos, March 1st

Boxing in LagosCarousselIFRA-Nigeria organised  a presentation of an art and research project by Taiwo Aina (Photographer, Visual Artist, Lagos) and Claire Nicolas (Postdoctoral Researcher in History, London). They presented their residency project on Lagos women boxers. In this project, they question gendered pathways and the ‘morality school’ of the gym(s).


The conference took place on Tuesday, March 1st, 2022, at 4pm, at Drapers Hall, Insitute of African Studies, University of Ibadan.

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