African Studies


Lucia Ragazzi

Freelance editor/ journalist Lucia Ragazzi joined the CTD conference in N’Djaména, Tchad (25-28 October 2017), as editor of the liveblog and social media reporter. She completed this project in November 2017, turning the liveblog into an (audiovisual) report of and reflection on the conference. Lucia holds a Master’sRead More

Adamou Amadou, “Un chercheur apprenti slameur”

In the last day of the CTD conference, the CTD researcher Adamou Amadou shared a beautiful slam piece on the research programme. This short piece was more than just a closing word – it was a way to express the hope that the collaboration betweenRead More

Matsutake: or the parable of the elephant and the three blind men

From CTD researcher Catherina Wilson’s blog Rumours on the Ubangui An old Indian parable relates the story of a group of blind men who have never come across an elephant. One day an elephant is brought to town and each of the men is askedRead More

Vera Bakker

Vera Bakker is a research master student in African Studies at the African Studies Centre in Leiden. She holds a bachelor degree in Social Psychology from the University of Amsterdam and has a Msc in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology from the Leiden University. Vera’s fieldsRead More

Fiona Dragstra

Fiona Dragstra graduated from the research master African Studies at the African Studies Centre (Leiden University) in 2017. She followed a minor in African Politics at McGill University (Montréal), and became a MSc in Political Communication after finishing her thesis “Political Engagement and Social Media: ARead More

Eefje Gilbert

Eefje Gilbert is a research master student in African Studies at Leiden University. For her Master’s thesis she takes a look at networks of (dis)connection surrounding the new deepsea harbour in Kribi, Cameroon. For this research project she spent four months in Cameroon during theRead More

Leonie Meester

Leonie Meester is a research master student in African Studies at Leiden University. For her Master’s thesis she interprets the intersection between youth, the social medium Facebook and activism for political change in Cameroon. For this research project Leonie spent time in Cameroon during 2011-2012.Read More

Panel 5. Remembering in Generations

Chair: Meike de Goede Vera Bakker – Telling (his)stories through photographs in times of duress: A Cameroonian case study Godwin Gham Nyinchiah & Walter Nkwi – Bamenda Again!: Strikes, Social Media and Duress in Anglophone Cameroon, 2016-2017 Souleymane Abdoulaye Adoum – Des récits historiques au détour des violencesRead More

Panel 4. Duress and (digital) silence

Chair and introduction: Jonna Both Kathrin Heitz-Tokpa – Performing speech and silence in rebel-held Côte d’Ivoire Christian Kitenge Wa Kitenge – Un téléphone mobile sans réseau téléphonique? « Silences » et connexion sous contraintes des problèmes d’infrastructures dans le sud-est du Congo Inge Butter –Read More

Panel 2. Virtual Communities: Empowerment

Chair and introduction: Marie-Soleil Frère Sylvie Ayimpam & Olivier Kahol – Se connecter par la mobilité de l’argent : contraintes et usages du Mobile Banking dans le petit commerce à distance Michel Bisa Kibul & Sylvie Ayimpam – Un contexte de contrainte par excellence ?Read More

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