Focus on Connections

The proposed sub-projects 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, ranging from

  1. individual ‘decision making’,
  2. ‘community (re)building and consolidation’, and
  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.


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

(online) Rumours and Newsflows Among Citizens of CAR @ CAR-Congo Border (MA Catherina Wilson)

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

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

I Refuse Being a Slave in my Life (Leonie Meester)

Youth in the Aftermath of Conflict (MA Jonna Both)

Voice4Thought: an artistic-academic project reflecting on world issues with and by interesting voices from all over the world (Prof. dr. Mirjam de Bruijn and Sjoerd Sijsma)

Moving Forces: The Counter Voices of Central Africa (Prof. dr. Mirjam de Bruijn and Sjoerd Sijsma)

Connecting Duress: Navigating Crisis in Africa (Sjoerd Sijsma)

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