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Cluster of Excellence EXC 2052 - "Africa Multiple: reconfiguring African Studies"

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Migration control, forced immobility and violent mobilization in the border triangle of Burkina Faso, Benin and Niger


Research Team

  • Prof. Dr. Uli Beisel; Culture and Technology; University of Bayreuth
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Doevenspeck (head of the project), Political Geography, University of Bayreuth
  • Kamal Donko, MA; currently University of Bayreuth; from October 2019 onwards affiliated to LASDEL Parakou, Benin
  • Prof. Dr. Abou-Bakari Imorou; Université d’Abomey Calavi, Benin; Social Anthropology
  • Dr. Daouda Traoré; National Center for Scientific Research, Burkina Faso; Sociolinguistics

Summary

The externalized European ‘migration management’ in West Africa has technologically modernised and militarized border posts threatening visa-free travel, freedom of settlement and borderland economies in parts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). At the same time, one can observe intensified and asymmetrical violent conflict in some of these borderlands. In this project we aim to understand to what extent forced immobility relates to violent mobilization and constitutes an unexpected result of European migration control on the African continent. In an interdisciplinary team we aim to conduct a multi-sited ethnography at the border triangle of Burkina Faso, Benin and Niger studying the various practices and ramifications of movement and stasis and their relations. We study migration control, forced immobility and violent mobilization as a paradigmatic case of multiplicity that will allow us to understand some consequences of how Europe is situated in Africa and, in turn, of how Africa and Africans are situated in the world.


Scheduled Project Duration

01.11.2019 - 31.10.2020



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