Navigations of a globalizing Chad: Nomadic Walad Djifir grounded in connectivity

Based in central Chad, the Walad Djifir are part of extensive socio-economic networks, ranging from very local cattle markets, to Western Unions in Libya, and selling merchandise in the Central African Republic.

Final CTD Conference Report (22-29 October 2017)

The Connecting in Times of Duress research programme presented its results and way forward during this conference in Ndjaména. During the conference the  team members met with senior researchers who were also invited for previous events during the research project  (seminars/ conferences and workshops) andRead More

Esatis Le Bon – Arnold Ngbagalet, “Kangbi na contrainte”

We are happy to present the text of “Kangbi na contrainte“, a reflection by slam artist Arnold Ngbagalet a.k.a. Esatis le Bon on the theme of ‘duress’. Arnold is a refugee from CAR living in Congo-Kinshasa. See also the live blog post on the slam concertRead More

Le vandalisme: Une seconde nature centrafricaine

– Max-Landry Kassaï, 11 decembre 2017 (précédemment publié le 11 septembre 2017) Le vandalisme centrafricain est la manifestation de beaucoup d’esprits parmi lesquels on note la haine, la misère, la jalousie, l’incapacité, la méchanceté, la cupidité, le règlement de compte, la justice populaire, le tribalisme… Le vandalismeRead More

Central concepts: duress, connectivity, and mobility

Definitions of central concepts: Duress: the internalization of hardship and violence that are a result of oppression, conflict and war and its often long and deep history. Originally a notion from the discipline of jurisprudence, duress (or in French, contrainte), refers to a state inRead More

Methodologies: information biography

The increasing appropriation of the internet and smartphones, and social media in particular, have arguably altered everyday praxis and social structure in Central African societies. This phenomenon demands new methodologies. CTD researchers Inge Ligtvoet and Mirjam de Bruijn have introduced the concept of information biographies: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

Introduction to the CTD theme by CTD the project leader Mirjam de Bruijn

After the official opening of the CTD conference, the CTD project leader Mirjam de Bruijn opened the academic programme with an introduction to the theme of the research programme Connecting in Times of Duress, that in the last five years explored how the introduction of ICTs changesRead More

Mon retour au pays

– Max-Landry Kassaï, 29 May 2017 C’était pour moi un grand ouf de rentrer au pays, car j’en avais assez des tracasseries du refuge. J’étais rentré un soir vers 18 heures, au moment où le pays commençait à se remettre peu à peu de la crise laRead More

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