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

Youth, Media and Protest: Histories of Engaging in Central African politics and social life

New political and social uprisings in West and Central Africa seem to announce a new era in politics from below in several African countries. In this project I follow some of the central players in social and political change in Central Africa, notably Chad and Cameroon. I try to understand their present-day prominent role in society in relation to their life histories. In these life histories or biographies special emphasis is given to access to information. The hypothesis is that through the changes in possibilities to access information (i.e. through ICTs) people develop new ways to be engaged. It is an approach that challenges the discussion about Africa and the Information age. In this study I follow artists, human rights activists and social entrepreneurs in Cameroun and Chad.

Mirjam’s publications that emerged from the project include:

  • Bruijn, M. E. de, ‘Mediated Political Agency in Contested Africa’ in: L. Horst, A. Galloway, and G. Bell (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography (New York: Routledge, 2017) 141-157.
  • Bruijn, M.E. de & D. Lalaye, ‘Ambiguities of oppression: Engaged Chadian artist’s itinerary towards success’ in: B. Mutsvairo, Digital activism in the Social Media Era. Critical Reflections on Emerging Trends in sub-Saharan Africa (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
  • Bruijn, M.E. de, ‘Citizen Journalism at Crossroads: Mediated Political Agency and Duress in Central Africa’ in: B. Mutsvairo (ed), Participatory Politics and Citizan Journalism in a Networked Africa, a connected continent (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) 90-106.
  • Bruijn, M. E. de A. Amadou, E. Lewa Doksala, B. Sangaré, ‘Mobile pastoralists in Central and West Africa: between conflict, mobile telephony and (im)mobility’, Rev. Sci. Tech. Off. Int. Epiz. 35:2 (2016) 649-657.
  • ‘The Chadian Protest Music Scene in the Wake of the Impossible “Chadian Spring”” . Paper presented together with Didier Lalaye at ECAS (European Conference on African Studies), 8-10 July 2015.


Mirjam de Bruijn – Counter Voices in Africa

Blog for The Broker: ICTs and the emergence of international protest in Central Africa