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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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Call for Consultant: Project Evaluation

imagesInstitut Français de Recherche en Afrique (French Institute for Research in Africa Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan), IFRA-Nigeria, invites consultants based in Nigeria to apply for the opportunity to undertake an evaluation exercise on a digitization project, halfway between research, arts and actions, which has run between 2022 and 2024. This project has been funded by a grant called Fonds de Solidarité pour les Projects Innovant (FSPI) from the Embassy of France in Nigeria.

The project focus and theme are Digital technology at the service of Nigerian heritage: for protection, training and dissemination. To achieve the main objectives of the project, IFRA-Nigeria management divided the project into five different components. First, the aim was to reflect the diversity of Nigeria's cultural, social and historical heritage. Secondly, it was to put the everyday implementation of the project in the hands of Nigerian institutions and people. The management engaged with non-governmental organizations, government Institutions, and organizations that work in synergy to manage each of the components.

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Call For Abstracts International And Interdisciplinary Workshop On Gender, Law, And Political Activism In West Africa (Glow Project)

Sciences Po BordeauxOn the 9th and 10th of October 2024, an International and Interdisciplinary two-day Workshop on Gender, Law, And Political Activism In West Africa (Glow Project) will take place at Sciences Po-Bordeaux. Below you will find application guidelines in English and French.


Les 9 et 10 octobre 2024, un atelier international et interdisciplinaire de deux jours sur le genre, le droit et l'activisme politique en Afrique de l'Ouest (projet Glow) aura lieu à Sciences Po-Bordeaux. Vous trouverez ci-dessous les instructions de candidature en anglais et en français.

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Conference : Conflicting memories for an uncertain heritage

430130030 924188343046386 8661181827353192104 nOn the 1st of March, following a research trip in South Africa, Barbara Morovich participated in a conversation with Judith Hayem held at IFAS-Johannesburg. It featured a 45-minute presentation followed by a 45-minute conversation, providing insights into the project « A forgotten heritage? Minority, competing and contradictory memories of mining in South Africa » supported by IFAS- Research, IFRA-Nigeria, and CLERSE-Lille.


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Conference – Mutiat Titilope Oladejo

DSC 0025On the 28th of February, Mutiat Dr Titilope Oladejo, in a conversation with Dr Seun Olutayo, presented her recent work on the role of women in the textile industry in Nigeria and The Gambia since the thirties. Dr Oladejo’s work is derived from fieldwork from Nigeria and The Gambia, where she tried to understand the textile industry in indigenous and modern forms through oral interviews, ethnographic work, and field observations. Specifically, Dr Oladejo presentation focused on her work in southwest Nigeria and Latrikunda in The Gambia.

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Workshop : Heritage Conservation Awareness

 MG 0014On the 22nd of February, in Yemoo Multipurpose Hall (Ife, Nigeria), the Ife Sungbo team in collobaration with the National Museum Ile - Ife and the AG Leventis Museum of Natural History organized a workshop on Heritage Conservation awareness. The event was sponsored by IFRA-Nigeria. The workshop was structured as a roundtable which aimed at fostering exchanges between stakeholders that all relate to the Ife Urban Archeological Heritage in different ways.

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Conference – Preserving Afro-Brazilian architecture in West-Africa and Brazil

2a7846b1 f13d 45d0 81b3 67e7a39cb9dbBetween February 19 and 20, 2024, Delphine Manetta, Deputy Director of IFRA-Nigeria, and Femi Olanrewaju, coordinator of the IFRA-Nigeria's project on the preservation of Ibadan's religious architectural heritage, took part in Scientific Days on Afro-Brazilian Architectural Heritage in West Africa (Benin, Togo, Ghana, Nigeria) and Brazil at the John Smith International Cultural Meeting Center in Ouidah, Benin. The theme of the event was 'Restoring lost links: preserving Afro-Brazilian architectural heritage as a cultural bridge between Benin, Togo, Ghana, Nigeria and Brazil'.


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Conference – Pauline Guinard

424897226 904697568109389 1858253589355918730 nOn the 15th of February, Pauline Guinard Associate Professor in Geography at the École Normale Supérieure de Paris gave a presentation titled " For a moving geography Reading urban transformations through emotions in the Greater Paris and Lagos”. During her exposé, Pauline talked about her academic path from viewing art as an object of study to art as a research method. She presented her current research on how residents experience urban change in Lagos and Greater Paris using a creative and participatory method and how art can be seen as a tool for taking into account the emotional dimension of people’s relationships with spaces.


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IFRA & Thursday Film Series – Students' Mental Health and Well-Being

GGJiPBhXMAAJGuYOn the 8th of February, IFRA-Nigeria and TFS teamed up again to organise a screening and discussion on “Students' Mental Health and Well-Being”. Two short documentaries were be screened. ‘Hear Our Voices: Mental health in a developing world’, a documentary featuring the personal experiences of 5 families told from patient perspectives, and ‘What's eating my mind’, a personal story of living with mental ill-health in Kenya. The screenings were followed by a discussion on Mental Health led by Dr Alero Adegbolagun, a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Specialist.

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Study day: “Urban Action in Debate" . Journée d’étude « Action Urbaine en Débat »


On the 26th of January 2024, a study day coordinated by Alexis Meier and the teaching team of the Master Urbanisme et Aménagement (ASPU) at the École Nationale Supérieure d'architecture de Strasbourg was held on the subject of heritage processes and contemporary urban modelling. Barbara Morovich was invited to speak, and in particular had the opportunity to address some of the heritage issues encountered during her mission as Director of IFRA-Nigeria.

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Program INFRAPATRI mid-term workshop, Porto-Novo

20240111 182012Taking place from January 7 to 14, 2024, this week-long workshop in Porto-Novo was aimed at taking stock of research conducted under the INFRAPATRI program. "Knowledges and attachments to urban plants in Sub-Saharan Africa (Benin, Cameroun, Nigeria, Senegal)" funded by the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) from March 2021 to April 2025 and led by Emilie Guitard (CNRS/UMR Prodig). This workshop brought together most of the members of the multidisciplinary scientific team and artists present on the African continent.

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Call for application - Creating story maps using ArcGIS

ArcGIS logoAs part of both its programs on Digital Humanities and the Project of Engagement of Digital tools in the Conservation and Dissemination of Nigeria's Urban Archaeological Heritage, IFRA-Nigeria, in collaboration with the Ife-Sungbo Archaeological team has launched a research project in urban archaeology using digital tools for the conservation and dissemination of the archaeological heritage of Ile-Ife. Drawing from the fields of Digital Humanities, Archaeology, and Anthropology, the objective is to map out, research, and analyze the different types and spread of the medieval pavement found in Ile-Ife. In this context, IFRA-Nigeria is issuing the below call for application.

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Call for Abstract - panel LSA 2024 : How religion maps territories: moving identities?

DSC 0128 copie 1This panel, which will take place during the Lagos Studies Association annual conference between the 25th and the 29th of June, aims at questioning and putting into debate the idea that religion is at the core of “Africanness” and African identities through the relation between religion, geography and sociocultural change, considering that religions – such as Islam, Christianity, and so called “traditional” religions – map territories. It invites researchers to study how religions, as institutions and sets of practices and beliefs, depict not socio-geographical realities that would be “natural” and “already there”, but instead define their own place within a disputed social space, an intention to expand over historical territories, complex relations in a context of religious plurality and competition and, finally, social and power relations in local or national space, sometime used by politicians.

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