Mirjam de Bruijn
Mirjam de Bruijn is an anthropologist whose work has a clearly interdisciplinary character, with a preference for contemporary history and cultural studies. She focuses on the interrelationship between agency, marginality, mobility, communication and technology. She is an Africanist with a focus on West and Central Africa. She has done extensive (qualitative) fieldwork in Cameroon, Chad and Mali. Her specific fields of interest are: nomadism, youth and children, social (in)security, poverty, marginality/social and economic exclusion, violence, human rights, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
In Mali she has worked in the Mopti area with the Fulbe (Peul) and in Menaka with the Tamacheck (Tuareg). In Chad she has worked in N’Djamena (the capital) and in Central Chad with Hadjerai and Arab groups. In Cameroon she works in the Grassfields and the North. Her recent research focuses on urban youth and artists and their role in political movements.
From 2008 to 2013 Mirjam coordinated the research programme ‘Mobile Africa Revisited’, a comparative study of the interrelationship between Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), agency, marginality and mobility patterns in Africa. In 2012 Mirjam was awarded a Vici grant (NWO) for the research programme ‘Connecting in times of duress: understanding communication and conflict in Middle Africa’s mobile margins’. Since 2013 she has developed the project ‘Voice4Thought’ (V4T), which is an example of valorization of research. Recently she received funding from the World Bank for a project on Mobile Money (2015-2016) in Africa and from UNICEF (2016-2018) to develop a project on child soldiers in the Central African Republic.
Mirjam de Bruijn has been appointed Professor of Contemporary History and Anthropology of Africa at the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University as of 15 June 2007. She gave her inaugural lecture on 5 September 2008.
Connecting in times of duress: understanding communication and conflict in Middle Africa’s mobile margins
Mobile Africa revisited, communication, marginality and society in West, Central and Southern Africa
Mobility, networks and institutions in the management of natural resources in contemporary Africa (phase 2)
The Fulani in the Sahel: Caught between the Hammer of Muslim Extremism and the Anvil of the State (Mali, Nigeria)
Citizen journalism at crossroads : mediated political agency and duress in Central Africa (2016)
Ordinary violence and social change in Africa (2014)
Connecting and change in African societies: examples of 'ethnographies of linking' in anthropology (2012)
The social life of connectivity in Africa (2012)
Whose archives? : conservation and creation of Africanist archives in the post-colonial era (2011)
'Citizen journalism at crossroads : mediated political agency and duress in Central Africa'
In: B. Mutsvairo: 'Participatory politics and citizen journalism in a networked Africa : a connected continent', London [etc.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Adamou Amadou, The nomads and insecurity: From free “movers” to immobile and dependants or from mobile to displayed people?
Djimet Seli , Mobile Phone and its impact on the social relations in the marginalized regions and their diaspora
Doreen Setume, Modernity: a gender based assessment of changed courtship patterns and cohabitation in Botswana: a case study of Bakwena of Molepole
Fatimata Diallo, The technologies of information and the communication and the construction of the State under the rule of law in Senegal
Henrietta Nyamnjoh, Communication technologies, politics and mobility in the Bamenda Grassfields and amongst Bamenda Grassfielders in the South West Province of Cameroon and in the diaspora
Inge Butter, Change and continuity within the Misseria Rouge’s (inter)national networks: Connections and navigations amongst nomadic Arabs of the Batha, Chad
Laguerre Djerandi, Chad-World Bank’s approach of establishing a legal framework guiding the management of oil revenues: A model of governance confronted to national practice
Laurens Nijzink, Through the eye of time: Otommari society in temporal perspective, timescapes and action
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