A fieldnote by Ester Serra Mingot.
As part of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN), TRANSMIC (Transnational Migration, Citizenship and the Circulation of Rights and Responsibilities), I am conducting my PhD on “Transnational social protection: How Sudanese migrants in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and their families in Sudan make use of social protection, locally and transnationally”.
This joint PhD project, between the University of Maastricht (Netherlands) and the University of Aix-Marseille (France), runs from 2014 until 2017.
During the course of the fieldwork in Sudan (mostly Khartoum and Omdurman), from August 3rd to October 16th 2016, I conducted ethnographic research with the families of the migrants I had previously met and interviewed in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom (UK).
CEDEJ Khartoum is happy to announce Katarzyna Grabska’s recent publication of a chapter entitled “Eritrean Migratory Trajectories of Adolescence in Khartoum: (Im)mobility, Identities, and Social Media” in the collective book « Networks of Knowledge Production in Sudan. Identities, Mobilities, and Technologies » edited by Sondra Hale and Gada Kadoda (Lexington Books, Sept. 2016).
On August 23rd, CEDEJ Khartoum was pleased to organize a seminary on migration issues, through different perspectives, with the participation of:
- Dr Idris Salam Hassan, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Khartoum and at the University of Africa, with a strong interest on migration/refugees/internally displaced people;
- Ester Serra Mingot, PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in Maastricht University. She introduced her fieldwork in Sudan with Sudanese families, for her PhD on « Transnational Social Protection. How Sudanese migrants in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and their families in Sudan make use of social protection, locally and transnationally »;
- Miralyne Zeghnoune, a Master 2 student in development practices at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University. She presented her fieldwork in Sudan about Sudanese migrants. She initially started her fieldwork in France where she collected data on Sudanese migrants (migratory route, reasons for leaving, future projects, connections with the family in Sudan, etc.). In Khartoum, she has been studying these migrants’ family and entourage (initial project, administrative procedures, contacts with the migrant, etc.).
- Alice Koumurian, Project Officer in CEDEJ Khartoum, introduced her fieldwork about the Syrian migrants who arrived after 2011 in Khartoum.
The project ‘Time to look at girls », coordinated by Katarzyna Grabska and Professor Alessandro Monsutti, now comes to an end. This project studied adolescent girls migrating internally and internationally from Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Sudan.
The final reports are now available: http://graduateinstitute.ch/home/research/centresandprogrammes/global-migration/ResearchProjects/CurrentProjects/adolescent-girls-development-and.html
Here you can download the comparative research report (Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Sudan) by Dr Katarzyna Grabska, Dr Nicoletta Del Franco and Dr Marina de Regt: Research Report Sudan girls migration Comparative Research Report FIN
And Dr Katarzyna Grabska’s report on Sudan : Research Report Sudan girls migration
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International conference: “Borders and territorial reconfigurations in the Middle East and the Sahel”
Aswan, January 30th-31st, 2017
« This Middle East forged in the clash of arms and disdain of its peoples is now crumbling before our eyes. This historic disruption is not the result of the contestation of borders, though they are unfair, but the consequence oftheir fate being reclaimed by the peoples concerned”.
Jean Pierre Filiu, « Les Arabes, leur destin et le nôtre » (The Arabs: theirDestiny and Ours), p.23, La Découverte, Paris, 2015.
In order to further promote academic exchanges, CEDEJ Khartoum is launching a series of documentary films screenings and debates.
In recent years, several documentaries dealing with key themes of interest to CEDEJ Khartoum – Sudan, the 2011 separation, migration issues, the Arab world, etc. – were produced. The content of these films, the approach chosen by the director, as well as the use of video in relation to academic research, are all topics of interest for our PhD students and researchers.
We were pleased to organize our first screening (01/03/2016):
“DAYS OF HOPE”,
by the Danish director Ditte Haarlov Johnsen
“DAYS OF HOPE” (2013, 74 min) – Every year thousands of Africans leave their families behind and risk their lives in hope of a better life. “Days of Hope” brings us close to these people, providing an inside look at the struggles these emigrants face.
Dr Kasia GRABSKA and Dr Azza AZIZ, anthropologists with interest in migration issues, lead an after-screening discussion of the film.
This article has been published on Noria Research website (Network of Researchers in International Affairs) http://www.noria-research.com/
The travesty election of the Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to the presidency of the Republic in July 2013 (Final report)1 demonstrates the permanence and the solidity of the authoritarian basis of the Egyptian State apparatus. Despite the political changes that have taken place since 2011, the prolonged presence, including during Mohamed Morsi’s presidency, of the same political actors within the security apparatus, has led, if not to an authoritarian “restoration”, at least to its re-composition within a counter-revolution movement. In order to grasp the modalities of the transformations and reproduction of authoritarian practices at the national level, studying the migratory issue, and more precisely the forced migration of Sudanese exiled in Egypt 2, provides a particularly pertinent analytical entry. Indeed, the issue of migration is administered by the State Security (amn al-dawla), and not by a ministry or any other governmental organ. It thus represents a key to understand both the regional political context and the spaces of migration, as well as the Egyptian “authoritarian syndrome”3
The conference « Migration and Exile in the Horn of Africa. State of Knowledge and Current Debates » was held on November 17-18th in Khartoum.
During this two-day conference, about forty researchers have presented their empirical approaches on the issue of migration in the Horn of Africa. This event was jointly organized by CEDEJ Khartoum, CFEE Addis Ababa and the University of Khartoum.
The recent period is characterized by increasing internal migrations and by a growing number of displaced persons in the sub-region, especially in Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan. At the same time, the number of shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea involving migrants coming from the Horn of Africa has tragically climbed. The issue of migration, which today largely captures the attention of media and politicians, has been widely studied by African and European researchers specialized on the Horn of Africa.
In addition to providing scientific approaches on the migratory processes, the conference « Migration and Exile in the Horn of Africa » gave us the possibility to shift and re-center the analysis on the Horn of Africa.
David Ambrosetti, Director of CFEE in Addis AbabaPr Ahmed Mohamed Suliman, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Khartoum Dr. Samia Abu Kashawa, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research Bruno Aubert, Ambassador of France in Sudan Alice Franck, Coordinator of CEDEJ-KhartoumAhmed M. Gamal Eldin, Associate Professor of Development and Migration in Ahfad University Thomas Osmond, CFEEAli Khosroshahi, UNHCR Catherine Dom, WIDE EthiopiaKatarzyna Grabska, the Graduate Institute in GenevaClara Lecadet, EHESS
Katherine Rehberg, UNHCR Azza Yacoub, SOAS London Mohamed ABDEL SALAM Babiker, University of Khartoum Azza Yacoub and Omar Ismael Mahamoud (CERD Djibouti)Benoit Gaudin, University of Addis Ababa and IRDMaysa Ayoub, AUC
Netsereab ANDOM, University of Khartoum Peter Miller (Paris 8) and Amina Said Chire (University of Djibouti)Marion Guillaume, Samuel HallGriet Steel, Utrecht University (The Netherlands) and Catholic University Leuven (Belgium) Géraldine Pinauldt, CFEE