About the subprojects

The Connecting in Times of Duress subprojects have been designed in such a way that they are comparative and complementary. They have a common methodology and cover the historical development of communication innovations which make it possible to compare between various types of relations between duress and ICT penetration. The findings will all engage with different levels of analysis, namely:

  1. Individual ‘decision making’;
  2. ‘Community (re)building and consolidation’;
  3. Collective action in order to understand changes in the new social and political ordering of the social fabric under duress.

The focus on connections will make the studies multi-sited, following people in their geographical and communication itineraries. The basic methodology is historical-ethnography, including field observation and participation, interviews, life histories, film and visuals.


Prof. dr. Mirjam de Bruijn – Youth, Media and Protest: Histories of Engaging in Central African politics and social life

Jonna Both MA – Youth in the Aftermath of Conflict: Perspectives from Yumbe District, North-Western Uganda

Adamou Amadou MA – Entre “détresse’’ et l’inter-connectivité: le cas des Mbororo réfugiés sur les frontières Cameroun-Centrafrique

Inge Butter MA – Change and continuity within the Walad Djifir’s (inter)national networks

Inge Ligtvoet MA – Between expectations and opportunities: urban youth navigating duress in a globalized southern Nigeria

Boukary Sangaré MA – Conflit et mobilité dans l’espace Saharo-Sahélien malien

Abdoulaye Adoum Souleymane MA – Communication et violences dans le Guéra et le Moyen-Chari (Tchad) de 1940 à 2010

Catherina Wilson MA – Information flows along the CAR-DRC border