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Parution - Journal des Anthropologues

JDA couverture 2023 scaledThe latest issue of the Journal des anthropologues, coordinated by Monique Selim and Barbara Morovich, is hot off the press.
Entitled "Imaginaires en pandémie" (Pandemic imaginaries), the thematic dossier examines the novel political and ideological bricolages that emerged during and in the wake of the Covid-19 health crisis.
La dernière livraison du Journal des anthropologues, coordonnée par Monique Selim et Barbara Morovich, sort fraîchement de l'imprimerie.
Intitulé "Imaginaires en pandémie", le dossier thématique interroge les bricolages politiques et idéologiques inédits qui ont émergé pendant et à la suite de la crise sanitaire du Covid-19.

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Updates on the Ife-Sunbgo Archeological Project

DSC03993Between the 18th of June and the 15th of July 2023, a research team led by Prof. Gérard Chouin worked on the Ife-Sunbgo Archeological Project. Besides the continuation of the usual annual archaeological excavation, two trainings took place (see below). The Ife-Sungbo team hosted the team of Her Excellency the Ambassador of France to Ife between the 3rd and 5th of July 2023. The team opened additional units of the excavation at both the Ita-Yemoo and Lujumo compound sites to study further the context of the different layers and types of pavements discovered.

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Visiting Faculty Global Programme / Sciences Po


Please find here the call for applications for the Sciences Po Visiting Faculty Global Programme.

Sciences Po is calling for outstanding applications for visiting faculty from around the world. In the 2023-2024 academic year, Sciences Po will open two visiting faculty positions in the social sciences or humanities, for up to a semester-long each (6-weeks minimum).

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Interview with Emilie Guitard // Conducting fieldwork in Ibadan to study relations to plants and nature within the city

Emilie GuitardCan you explain to us what the INFRAPATRI project is, what brings you to Ibadan and what is your role in this project?

INFRAPATRI is a program funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR), from March 2021 to March 2025. It is a program that I supervise within my research unit, PRODIG, based at the Campus Condorcet in Aubervilliers, France. The objectives of this program are to compare the relationships, knowledge, and attachments of city-dwellers and municipal authorities to plants in four cities in sub-Saharan Africa: Yaoundé in Cameroon, Ibadan in Nigeria, Porto-Novo in Benin Republic, and Dakar in Senegal. One hypothesis that we want to test in these four cities pertaining to these relationships to plants is that, in addition to the heritage policies that have been implemented in African cities and that are often focused on the built environment and, moreover, on colonial buildings, there may also be memorial attachments to plants by the inhabitants of these cities.

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Call for applications: field research “observing the election process in Nigeria”

20221208 RoundtableThe unfolding electoral moment in Nigeria is a period of critical importance for the country and of great interest to the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA), based at the Institute of African Studies (University of Ibadan). IFRA intends to play a role in observing and analysing the social impacts of Nigerian policies, polities, and politics in a short- and long-term perspective. In this electoral setting, IFRA is launching an observatory overseeing the 2023 elections in Nigeria. The aim is to produce socio-anthropological data and analysis on the election process. For this, IFRA is funding several young Nigerian researchers to conduct fieldwork-based research upon different topics (political violence, fraud, public space dynamics, particular groups voting intentions, ethnic based voting patterns…).

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Small Grants Competition for Writers, Researchers & Activists

20221220 CDDThe Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Abuja, Nigeria announces a small grants competition for writers, researchers, and activists working on or in Nigeria. The grant forms a part of a wider programme on the Digitisation of Nigerian Heritage funded by the French Institute for Research in Africa, (IFRA-Nigeria), and the Embassy of France in Nigeria.

The component of the project undertaken by CDD aims to digitally preserve and disseminate the inspiring documentary heritage of earlier generations of Nigeria’s radical and pro-democracy activists. These efforts are anchored on the premise that unearthing the activities and debates that preoccupied earlier generations of Nigeria’s radical thinkers and activists can help enrich contemporary activism, public discourses, and academic scholarship in and on Nigeria.


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Call for applications // PhD position in “Experiences of climate change : Protests and mobilizations in coastal urban areas (Gulf of Guinea)”

2022 callPhDScPoCall for one funded PhD Position on “Experiences of climate change : Protests and mobilizations in coastal urban areas (Gulf of Guinea)”

Sciences Po Paris is looking for a PhD Candidate to join the Centre for International Studies (CERI) to address the following topic: “Experiences of climate change: protests and mobilizations of inhabitants in coastal urban areas (Gulf of Guinea)”. The PhD candidate will join the Doctoral School at Sciences Po in the doctoral programme in political science. He or she will be under the supervision of Laurent Fourchard, research professor in political science at CERI and will work in association with the Sciences Po Urban School. He or she will have a second institutional affiliation at the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA) at Ibadan (Nigeria). The PhD grant is funded by the Mission pour les initiatives transverses et interdisciplinaires (MITI) of the CNRS.

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Call for applications // Field research internship in social sciences (INFRAPATRI programme)

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Call for applications for a field research internship for 1 master student in social sciences (anthropology, sociology, cultural geography). The intern will be part of the research program INFRAPATRI “Knowledges and Attachments to Urban Plants in Sub-Saharan Africa (Benin, Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal): Identification and Production of a Heritage from Below" (coordinated by Dr Emilie Guitard). 

The interdisciplinary project INFRAPATRI aims to study the local knowledges and forms of attachment to urban plants in four sub-Saharan African cities : Yaounde in Cameroon, Ibadan in Nigeria, Porto-Novo in Benin and Dakar in Senegal.

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Event 'Cannabis Africana: Drugs and Development in Africa' (21 November / online)

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On Monday 21 November, the Centre of Criminology at the University of Cape Town and the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol will be holding two events in Cape Town and online, relating to the role and position of cannabis in the African context. These events are part of the "Cannabis Africana: Drugs and Development in Africa" that IFRA-Nigeria has been a partner of since its inception. 

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Meet... Femi Olanrewaju





A trained architect with a strong interest in heritage preservation, Femi Olanrewaju has recently joined IFRA's project on 'Religious Architectural Heritage in Ibadan'. He will conduct research on shrines in historical Ibadan.






 - Hi ! Could you please introduce yourself to the readers ?

My name is Femi OlanrewajuI obtained MLA in Landscape Architecture from the University of Lagos. As a student of landscape architecture and with my passion for heritage preservation, I chose to write my thesis on “Conservation of a cultural landscape: A Case Study of Osun Grove”. My goal was to examine and digitize the Osun Grove as a tool for cultural and natural heritage preservation framework and urban design. Currently, I am MSc student in the department of Architecture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife. I am also a member of International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). 

 - What is your major aim at IFRA ?

My main objective with IFRA is to add to the existing knowledge of Ibadan religious heritage documentation by using GIS techniques to fill the current void of heritage documentation using Ibadan core area as a pilot study for other researchers.

 - What is your goal after IFRA ?

I intend to further the research at PhD level with the knowledge I would have acquired with IFRA.




Meet... Barbara Morovich

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Dr Barbara Morovich is the new director of IFRA-Nigeria since 1st September 2022. She is a trained archaeologist (Univ. of Trieste), a doctor in social and cultural anthropology (EHESS Paris 2003,) and associate professor in Anthropology at the "Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture" of the University of Strasbourg (France). She studies socio-spatial and cultural transformations in relation to "minority" heritage emergences in disadvantaged and stigmatised contexts.





 - Hi ! Could you please introduce yourself to the readers ?

I’m a social anthropologist (PhD) of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences sociales (Paris) and have a previous diploma in archaeology from the University of Trieste (Italy), my city of birth. I have worked for 10 years in African countries, in Kenya and Chad, before becoming Associate Professor with Habilitation (HDR) at the University of Strasbourg. There I teach and conduct research in social sciences within the department of Architecture.


- Can you talk to us about one project that you've conducted in the past that you've particularly enjoyed ?

Since 2016, I’m conducting a pluridisciplinary research (anthropology and geography) about « uncertain heritage » at the Drill Hall in Johannesburg in South Africa. It’s a heritage space within the inner city in link with the anti-apartheid struggle. Since its renovation in 2004, the Drill Hall didn’t find a proper destination and is progressively abandoned by the institutions. During this suspended time, it is occupied by associations of artists, projects of urban gardening or social utility, migrants, some churches etc.This fieldwork allowed me to understand how minoritarian groups struggle for space, economy and self-accomplishment and how they build narratives taking into account the very rich history of this space. Also, these groups are keeping the Drill Hall in a quite acceptable state, even if they are not recognized by the governement and the State.


- What exactly will you be doing at IFRA ?

As the director, I will coordinate and lead the different projects of the institute. I also hope to be able to find new partners universities, in West Africa and Europe. I intend as well to continue to operate within the Institute of African Studies, with common workshops, seminars and other pedagogical initiatives.


- What are your most excited about coming to Nigeria ?

It’s to have the possibility to look at this moment of the history (post-pandemic, ecological crisis, emergence of a feminist movement…) from this particular point of view - how will Nigeria, the most populated country in Africa and a growing global society, deal with these major issues ? 


- Last and important question: what is your pepe threshold ?

I have a great appetite for anything new: I just have to try not to get indigestion and take my time to fully understand the habits, culture and places. Laiyara, I would say in Yoruba ! 

Franco-Nigerian Student Exchanges - Ayoola Fakunmoju

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"My experience as an Erasmus+ / Sciences Po mobility grant exchange student in Paris"


Ayoola Fakunmoju, a IFRA-Nigeria fellow and student in sociology at the University of Ibadan had the opportunity to study at Sciences Po in Paris for the 2022 spring semester. She recalls the experience, the challenges and the things that she learnt. 

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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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Appel à Candidatures Programme Atlas - Aide à la mobité pour séjour de recherche post-doctorale

Atlas 2022La Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH) et l’Institut Français de Recherche en Afrique (IFRA) du Nigeria proposent à des postdoctorants résidant en France une aide à la mobilité pour réaliser un séjour de recherche de 2 ou 3 mois en Afrique de l’Ouest : Nigeria, Ghana, Bénin, Togo, Cameroun et Tchad. Seront soutenus des projets de recherche qui s’inscrivent dans la politique scientifique de l’IFRA Nigeria, en synergie avec ses chercheurs ou ses partenaires au Nigeria. Les projets interdisciplinaires sont bienvenus. Cet appel s’inscrit dans le cadre du Programme Atlas de mobilité postdoctorale de courte durée lancé par la FMSH et ses partenaires.

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