ASCL Community News July 2016

Visiting fellows and new publications

Community members Yu Qiu and Britta Frede are currently visiting the ASCL.

Yu Qiu is a joint ASCL-IIAS visiting fellow, who trained as a social anthropologist at the University of Cambridge. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to unpacking the private and intimate life of the Nigerian traders in Guangzhou (China), a city nick-named ‘Chocolate City’, which saw an increase of African migration in the late 2000s and the early 2010s. The findings are documented in her PhD thesis, in which she pays particular attention to the cultural and social logic behind the establishment of intimate/business partnerships between the Nigerian traders (mainly male traders) and the Chinese (mostly female migrants from the less developed areas of China).

Britta Frede is a DIN-Postdoctoral Fellow at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (Free University Berlin), and an associated research fellow to the ZMO Berlin. Frede is specialized in Islamic studies focusing on the western Saharan region, especially Mauritania. She is interested in processes of religious and social transformation, therefore having worked about the history of Sufism in 19th and 20th century West Africa and contemporary Muslim education. Her recent study deals with contemporary Muslim women scholars, their students and their transforming institutions of Islamic education in African urban settings. 
New publications
ASCL Community member Boukary Sangaré has a new publication out:
Le Centre du Mali : épicentre du djihadisme?, Note d'Analyse du GRIP, Groupe de Recherche et d'Information sur la Paix et la Sécurité, Bruxelles.