PhD position on information packaging of Naija. Paris, France and Ibadan, Nigeria

naijasyncorPhD title: The information Structure of Nigerian Pidgin, and its interface with syntax and prosody.
Sujet de thèse: Structure communicative du pidgin de l’anglais parlé au Nigéria. Interface avec la syntaxe et la prosodie.

Duration: 36 months; with 20 months in Ibadan, Nigeria.
Durée : 36 mois, dont 20 mois à Ibadan, Nigéria.

Supervisors: Bernard Caron (USR 3336 Ifra-Ibadan), Sylvain Kahane (Modyco, Université Paris Nanterre)

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Call for paper: Sources of Violence. How to document and trace violent phenomenon in Africa?

The Journal

Sources is a collective peer-reviewed online Journal, created by the French Institutes for Research in Africa: IFRA-Nairobi, IFRA-Ibadan, IFAS-Johannesburg, CFEE-Addis-Ababa and CEDEJ-Khartoum. The goal of the journal is to promote fieldwork-based research by adding value to original sources, collected on the ground. Articles focus on primary data and first-hand documents, analysing their natures and their functions, around particular topics, through special issues and Varias. They also delve into methods and source collection contexts, as well as related ethical and epistemological issues.

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New perspectives in historical research: debating the History of Borno and archival material with Vincent Hiribarren

On Thursday, 13th of April, 2017, IFRA Nigeria was very happy to host Dr. Vincent Hiribarren for a book presentation and a documentary debate.

About Dr. Hiribarren

Dr. Hiribarren is Lecturer in African History at King’s College, London, UK, and a specialist of Northern Nigeria. His work stresses on spatial and borderland dynamics in an original diachronic perspective. He has done archival and field research in various locations of Northern Nigeria, including Kaduna and Maiduguri. He is also very familiar with colonial archives in Paris, London and Berlin. Additionally, Dr. Hiribarren has developed an interest in “digital methodologies” for research in social sciences and humanities, as exposed in his personal website.

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28 February: IFRA Fellows' Research Training Seminar

Date: Tuesday 28th February
Time : 10am - 3pm
Place: IFRA Library (groundfloor, Institute of African Studies)

The seminar will be run by IFRA staff members Dr. Elodie Apard, Dr. Emilie Guitard, Ismael Maazaz and Sara Panata.

The goal of this first seminar will be to help junior researchers to achieve efficient bibliographical research in the library and through open online database, as well as to learn how to gather and sort these ressources in personnal bibliographical databases such as Zotero or Endnote.

This seminar is open to every master, Phd students and young researchers in Social Sciences. It is mandatory to be registered (or to renew the former registration) as an IFRA fellow, to attend it. To register as a fellow and for the seminar please download and file in the form:

Due to limited room availability (15 people max.), we strongly advise interested participants to register rapidly (imperatively before Friday 24th of February).

For any inquery about the seminar or the IFRA fellowship, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Latest publications about Nigeria in the Social Sciences and the Humanities

BiblioNigeria is a watchtower for all articles and books published about Nigeria in the Social Sciences and the Humanities. Every two months, a downloadable bulletin is published here to present an almost exhaustive list of most recent publications. Authors as well as users are invited to submit references through the link below.

To send a new reference to IFRA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Women on the move: in Nigeria and Beyond. Mobilisations of Women, Mobilisations of Ideas

2016 12 women on the move

IFRA Nigeria/Institut Français/IAS conference

Friday 21st October 2016, Draper’s Hall, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan

IFRA was delighted to organise the public lecture “Women on the Move: in Nigeria and Beyond. Mobilisations of Women, Mobilisations of Ideas” jointly with the Institut Francais of Nigeria and the Institute of African Studies. The event took place in Draper’s Hall at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan. We had the pleasure to host a multifarious and plentiful audience comprising academics, activists and many school children. We were happy to have Adejoke Rafiat Adetoro, master student at the History Dept, as our moderator.

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Call for application: Conference funding

The French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nigeria) is offering a series of small grants to support valuable graduate students presenting papers at regional and international conferences in any field of the Social Sciences and the Humanities. The fund is designed to help participants face travel and accommodation costs along with registration fees.

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Yoruba Name project

On Friday 1st July 2016, IFRA Nigeria organised, with the help of it’s Phd student Sara Panata, the presentation of the Yoruba Name project by Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún, its founder/curator, and Laila Le Guen, the communications lead and researcher. The conference took place in Drapers’ Hall, within the Institute of African Studies. It was attended by a motivated and very reactive public of professors and students of all levels. After the presentation, the convenors facilitated an interactive workshop, followed then by the screening of the documentary Family Name (USA, 1998) by Macky Alston, organised by the Thursday Films Series movie club.

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