European migration policies: the case of the EUTF in Sudan

Dear All,

We are very pleased to announce CEDEJ Khartoum next Seminar :

Vladimir Cayol

“European migration policies: the case of the EUTF in Sudan”

Wednesday 25 April, 3pm

CEDEJ Khartoum

Summary: In 2015, during the La Valetta Summit, which gathered leaders of the 28 States of the European Union and about fifty African leaders, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker announced the launch of the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. The European Trust Fund, financed by 3.4 Billion euros, aims at “addressing root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement”, protecting migrants along the migratory roads, and fighting against criminal networks which organize illegal migration. More than two years later, what does the Sudanese case reveals in terms of EU migration policies implementation? Sudan stands in a very special place in the Horn of Africa when it comes to migration trends. Situated between Eastern Africa and the Arab world, Sudan is crossed by many migrants whose desire is to reach the European shores. In a broader perspective, as a country of transit, departure, and even destination for migrants from the Horn of Africa or beyond, Sudan has become an key partner for the European countries. From a fieldwork conducted between September 2017 and April 2018 in Khartoum, I will examine the implementation of this financial tool in order to offer a better understanding of the policies implemented by the European Union in Sudan.


Vladimir Cayol is a master student in the field of Africa and the Middle East International and International Cooperation at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He has been in intern in CEDEJ Khartoum where he has been working on migration issues these last months.

CEDEJ Khartoum is located in Khartoum 2 (street 59), not too far from Ozone. The closest « famous » building is an hospital : mustachfa « Jaber Abu el 3eez », mustachfa sukari (for diabetes). Our centre is at the second floor (there is a « CEDEJ » sign on the balcony).

Media, science and transboundary cooperation in the Nile basin

International workshop 
« Media, science and transboundary cooperation in the Nile basin »
18 April 2018, 15:00 – 18:00 
 Venue: Meeting room of the Water Research Center (University of Khartoum, Faculty of Engineering) 
The University of Khartoum, Faculty of Social Science, Center for Diplomatic Studies and the Water Research Center, in collaboration with CEDEJ Khartoum and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education organize an international workshop on the role of media and scientific communication in conflicts and cooperation over the Nile.
The goals of the workshop are:  to present the preliminary findings of a research on Nile media debates in Ethiopia and Egypt and to discuss how to extend it to Sudan; to watch and discuss three videos portraying the visual dimension of Nile debates in the Eastern Nile countries.
The research and the video are part of the project “Open Water Diplomacy. Media, science and transboundary cooperation in the Nile basin” bringing together researchers and journalists from different Nile countries to foster constructive communication on Nile water issues.
See detailed program attached

Migration and appropriation of space: the case of Syrians in Khartoum

Dear all,

We are very pleased to announce CEDEJ Khartoum next Seminar, April 9, 3pm, at CEDEJ Khartoum:

Mathieu ROBAIN

« Migration and appropriation of space: the case of Syrians in Khartoum »

 CEDEJ Khartoum

Monday 9th of April

3:00 pm


Since the rise of the rebellion against Bashar el Assad in 2011, Syrian people have become one of  the most important refugees population in the world. These displaced people within Syria are fleeing to borders countries or Europe at a growing pace, hoping for a better life and at the same time hopeful for the end of the conflict. Sudans policy towards the Syrian refugees is very unique as it is one of the few countries to welcome them without restrictions. The friendly policies of the Sudanese government include not needing a visa, and being capable of opening shops and restaurants, which is extremely difficult for other refugees populations living within Khartoum. Because of this open policy the number of Syrians seeking refuge in Sudan is evermore increasing since 2013-2014 (the current estimate of the Syrian population is between 100 000 and 200 000 people according respectively to the government and the UNHCR). The fact they are not considered as refugees but as « brothers and sisters » involves many issues about the way they anchor to the space and organize social life, very different from others countries both arabic and western where they’re very often cooped up in camps or judged undesirable.

This research project hinges around the stories of Syrian people mostly located in Khartoum, the capital city, and especially in Riyad and Kafuri. It considers the migration not only as a movement from one country to another, but also as a way of dealing with the host society. It focuses on the spatial and social dynamism the Syrians add to these neighborhoods. As well as the representation they have within Sudan, the places where they live and work, and how they interact with each other and the host society. It leads to ask the question the denominations we give to the « Syrian people » in Khartoum  (are we talking about a community ? a diaspora ? a simple group ?).


Mathieu Robain is a Master 1 student in Geography at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is affiliated to CEDEJ Khartoum and his research is included in the program « Arabité, Islamité, Soudanité » (« Being Arab, Muslim and Sudanese ») financed by the Francophone University Agency (and coordinated by prof. Barbara Casciarri)

When religion opens doors to migration The case of Islamic Universities Students in Khartoum

Dear All,
We are very pleased to announce CEDEJ Khartoum next Seminar, April 4, 3pm, at CEDEJ Khartoum:


Khadidja MEDANI

« When religion opens doors to migration

The case of Islamic Universities Students in Khartoum »

 CEDEJ Khartoum

Wednesday 4th of April

3:00 pm


The migration of Muslim African elites in the Arab-Muslim world to get formation in Islamic sciences or on the way to the Hajj is an old tradition. The religious education has also been an instrument for the Da’wa (Islamic call). Young Muslims from African countries educated in the Arab world go back home as Cheikhs and Imams. Sudan is a key place in this migration process not only because of his geographical situation but also his double status as an Arab and African country. 

In 1977 al-Merkaz al-Islami al-Ifriki (Islamic African center) was created in Khartoum. The Merkaz was a secondary school that offered only Islamic courses. In 1991 the Merkaz was upgraded as university and became the International University of Africa. This update was the first step in a new trend for the Islamic education in Khartoum. The term ‘islamic’ disappeared from the name and new faculties in modern sciences were created. Nowadays the university is still  in expansion. This shows the will to build a Muslim youth able to be integrated in the modern society while keeping an Islamic morality. This also correspond to the will of an African Muslim youth to be graduated in modern and technical sciences to contribute to the developpement of their country. Through a network of Muslim schools and organizations, Khartoum proposes these opportunity around the continent.

Khadidja Medani is a Master 2 student in Geography at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. HShe is affiliated to CEDEJ Khartoum and her research was conducted within the programm « Be Sudanese, muslim and Arab » financed by the Francophone University Agency (coord. by prof. Barbara Casciarri).

CEDEJ Khartoum is located in Khartoum 2 (street 59), not too far from Ozone. The closest « famous » building is an hospital : mustachfa « Jaber Abu el 3eez », mustachfa sukari (for diabetes). Our centre is at the second floor (there is a « CEDEJ » sign on the balcony).

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Seminar : Cotton, Sugar, and Alfalfa: Changing Patterns of Agricultural Development in Sudan

We are very pleased to announce CEDEJ Khartoum next Seminar, on 26 February, at 3:00pm at CEDEJ Khartoum
Stefano Turrino

‘Cotton, Sugar and Alfalfa : Changing Patterns of Agricultural Development in Sudan »

CEDEJ Khartoum 
March 26
3:00 pm
Stefano TURRINI (1989) is a Phd candidate in Geography at the University of Padova, Italy. Before the Phd, he graduated in ‘Local Development’. His research is part of a longstanding interest of the Department of Geography in Padova about agriculture in arid and semi-arid areas, especially in the Sub-Saharan Africa.
The importance of agriculture in Sudan is manifest. In this country, large-scale agricultural development dates back to the British colonial rule: the Gezira scheme started to produce cotton for the British textile industry in 1925, after the completion of the Sennar Dam on the Blue Nile. The Sudanese state, which became independent in 1956, built the Roseires Dam in 1966 with the aim of expanding the scheme: the Managil Extension made the Gezira cover nearly one million hectares of land. Nowadays, it is one of the largest agricultural schemes under a single administration in the world. In the 1970s, Sudan improved its domestic food production and expanded and diversified the exports. The goal was to become the ‘breadbasket of the Arab world’, benefiting from the funding of the Arab oil-producing countries. The importance of food crops became more prominent than before in Sudan. Especially sugar played a key role in that period: the state approved the construction of many agricultural schemes for the cultivation of sugarcane and sugar factories. Nowadays alfalfa is taking a leading role in the development of a new frontier of agricultural development in Sudan benefiting of a vibrant business environment in the Country.
What are the similarities and the differences among the production systems which are required by these crops (cotton, sugar and alfalfa). What is their impact on the local territory? Stefano will try to answer these questions by taking advantage of his fieldwork and the existing literature.

CEDEJ Khartoum Scholarships for UofK PhD Students – Deadline 15th of April

Doctoral scholarships – Call for applications

Khartoum, March 2018

In the framework of the partnership between the University of Khartoum and the French Centre for Economic, Law and Social Studies in Khartoum (CEDEJ Khartoum), the latter offers two ten-month scholarships (+ Fees registration support), for PhD candidates in Social Sciences and Humanities from April 2018 to January 2019.


The scholarship is open to candidates in Social Sciences and Humanities: Sociology, Geography, History, Political Science, Anthropology, Economy and Law. Applicants must be registered as PhD candidates at the University of Khartoum.


This scholarship is the result of a partnership between the Faculty of Economic and Social Studies of the University of Khartoum and CEDEJ Khartoum with the aim of supporting PhD candidates in their research activities. Each scholarship is planned for a period of 10 months (April 2018-January 2019) with a monthly amount of 3,000 SDG. Additional 20,000 SDG will be added in order to support registration fees in the University of Khartoum. The beneficiaries shall become Associate PhD students of CEDEJ Khartoum and shall actively take part into the research programs of the institute, in collaboration with the University of Khartoum and their PhD supervisor. The successful candidates will have access to the Centre’s library in Khartoum 2. They will present the progress of their research at the occasion of the seminars organized in CEDEJ Khartoum, or at the University of Khartoum.

Proposals shall deal with the following research areas:

  • Migrations within/from/to/through the Horn of Africa
  • Religion and politics
  • Sudan Political Economy
  • Sudan in its regional/international environment

Application and Selection

Applicants have to submit a detailed CV, a motivation letter, their PhD research project (5 pages maximum) and a document certifying their actual registration as PhD student at the University of Khartoum. Application material – in English – shall be sent by email to

Closing date for application: 15th of April 2018. Selection of candidates will be made by the Coordinator of CEDEJ Khartoum, in coordination with the Faculty Dean of the University of Khartoum. Interviews may be realized, depending on the number of candidates.

The scholarships will then start as soon as possible, ideally by the end of April.


Dr. Jean-Nicolas Bach – CEDEJ Khartoum

Conflict Research Fellowship – 2018

The Conflict Research Fellowship (CRF) offers year-long support for experienced scholars (based at a university or NGO). The CRF is part of the Conflict Research Programme (CRP), a four-year, UK Department for International Development-funded research program based at the London School of Economics and Political Science that investigates the drivers of violent conflict in five cases: Somalia, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, and Syria. The program focuses on ways in which the political economy of public authority helps to explain the persistence and spread of violence. Successful fellowship candidates will need to examine how different interventions affect violent conflict and/or the risk of renewed violent conflict; analyze « what works » to counter drivers of conflict; and explore the contextual factors that affect the efficacy of such interventions, including the linkages among international, national, state, and local level dynamics. Successful candidates will contribute to the overall analysis of conflict through case studies of external interventions in four areas prioritized by the program:
1.     Civil society support (including multi-scalar peacemaking and peacebuilding activities, support for reconciliation, and community-level dialogue and mediation)
2.     Security and justice sector reform (including disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, reintegration, and resettlement programs [DDR/RR]; stabilization; regional security networks/arenas; and transitional, formal, and customary justice)
3.     Strengthening public authority and legitimacy, including at sub-national levels (the political marketplace, the effects of patronage networks on governance, governance promoting interventions, decentralization, and anti-corruption activities)
4.     Resource management (including settlement of land and real estate disputes, governance frameworks, and the role of natural resource competition in shaping public authority)
·       Completed online application form
·       Updated CV
·       Completed proposal & bibliography
·       Professional work sample
·       Two reference letters
·       Language evaluation(s) (if required)
Application Language: All application materials must be submitted in English or French.
·       Candidates must be postdoctoral scholars with at least three years of field-based experience since the completion of the PhD (or researchers with equivalent experience who have published one book or three peer-reviewed academic articles).
·       Applications will be considered for the following purposes only: funding to support fieldwork, teaching buy-out at your home institution, or a visiting appointment at a US or European university.
·       Research projects must focus on the core countries of the CRF: Somalia, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, or Syria. Nationals from these countries are encouraged to apply.
·       Applicants must also be available to attend a preparatory workshop in New York within the first two months of their fellowship period and a capstone workshop toward the end of the year-long fellowship.
·       At the end of the fellowship period, recipients must produce an original research output that is suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal.
Applications Due: April 15, 2018
For more information on the CRF, please visit:

Ethnicity, Religion, Nationalism Crossed Insights from Anthropological Fieldworks at the Periphery of Arab-Muslim World Sudan-Morocco

Dear All,

CEDEJ Khartoum are very pleased to announce CEDEJ Khartoum next Seminar, Thursday 1st March, at 2:00pm at CEDEJ Khartoum.
Dr. Barbara CASCIARRI 
Ethnicity, Religion, Nationalism
Crossed Insights from Anthropological Fieldworks at the Periphery of Arab-Muslim World
(CEDEJ Khartoum Seminar Series on « Islams and Sudan »)
Barbara Casciarri holds a PhD in Ethnology and Social Anthropology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (France). She did fieldwork on economic and political anthropology in Sudan (1989-2016) among Arabic-speaking pastoralists and in a working-class neighbourhood of Khartoum (Deim), and in Morocco (2000-2006) on the relationship between Berber-speaking nomads and Arabic-speaking farmers. She was the coordinator of CEDEJ Khartoum between 2006 and 2009. Since 2004, she has been Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, University Paris 8 (France) and researcher at the LAVUE-UMR 7218. She has been scientific coordinator of two ANR Projects in Sudan: WAMAKHAIR (2008-2012) and ANDROMAQUE (2011-2014). Since 2009, she has been responsible for the scientific agreement between the Faculty of Economic and Social Studies, University of Khartoum, and Paris 8 University.
CEDEJ Khartoum is located in Khartoum 2 (street 59), not too far from Ozone. The closest « famous » building is an hospital : mustachfa « Jaber Abu el 3eez », mustachfa sukari (for diabetes). Our centre is at the second floor (there is a « CEDEJ » sign on the balcony).

CEDEJ Khartoum is located in Khartoum 2 (street 59), not too far from Ozone. The closest « famous » building is an hospital : mustachfa « Jaber Abu el 3eez », mustachfa sukari (for diabetes). Our centre is at the second floor (there is a « CEDEJ » sign on the balcony).

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Open Days of French-Sudanese scientific cooperation in Social Sciences Training and Research (University Paris 8, University of Khartoum, CEDEJ) (28th February-1st March 2018, Khartoum)

The Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2009 between the University Paris 8 (France) and the University of Khartoum (Sudan) has been recently renewed for the second time. During this period, French and Sudanese teachers, researchers and students from both universities had actively collaborated through various scientific exchanges matching research and training in Social Sciences studies on contemporary Sudan, with the support and participation of CEDEJ-Khartoum, and thanks to the central role played by the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology (Faculty of Economic and Social Studies). Starting in 2018 the tenth year of our partnership, we invite you to join the meetings organized in Khartoum to present the results of this international academic cooperation and to discuss about its future development.

Journées Portes Ouvertes UoK-Paris 8-CEDEJ last

Open Days UoK-Paris 8-CEDEJ last(1)


Exploratory readings of Mahdist archives : spatializing discursive practices in Sudan during the early Mahdiyya

Thursday 22nd February, at 3:00pm – CEDEJ Khartoum: 
Exploratory readings of Mahdist archives : spatializing discursive practices in Sudan during the early Mahdiyya
Anael Poussier is a doctoral candidate from the University Sorbonne – Paris 1, working under the under the supervision of Pierre Vermeren (University Sorbonne Paris 1 – IMAF) on the the history of the Mahdiyya (1880-1898). His PhD thesis attempts to analyse the socio-economic factors that defined the mobilization of the Sudanese population in favor of the Mahdist regime, with a particular emphasis on the Eastern Sudan. More broadly, his interests span the pre-colonial economic history of the Sub-Saharan belt and the various forms of social mobilization in this region during the XIXth century.

Appel 2018 – Prix Ariane Deluz – Bourse de terrain

Aide à la recherche en ethnologie de l’Afrique subsaharienne (terrain)

Date limite du dépôt des dossiers : 15 mars

Créé en 2014 grâce au legs « Ariane Deluz » et géré par la FMSH, ce prix distingue un projet de terrain d’un doctorant préparant en France une thèse en ethnologie de l’Afrique subsaharienne. Le prix permet au lauréat d’effectuer un travail de terrain portant sur les principaux domaines de l’éthnologie (parenté, religion, arts et techniques, politiques etc…). Selon le souhait de la donatrice, l’anthropologue franco-suisse Ariane Deluz, ce prix doit contribuer au développement des travaux ethnologiques des futures générations d’africanistes.


– Le prix Ariane Deluz s’adresse aux doctorants de toute nationalité qui préparent une thèse (seule ou en cotutelle) en ethnologie de l’Afrique subsaharienne dans un établissement d’enseignement supérieur français. Les jeunes africanistes en début de thèse sont encouragés à postuler.

– Le prix est d’un montant de 5 000 euros ; il apporte un complément de ressources au bénéficiaire, en participant à ses frais de voyage et/ou de séjour sur le terrain.

– Le lauréat s’engage à rédiger un rapport présentant les résultats de son terrain de recherche en Afrique subsaharienne. Il mentionnera le concours financier du prix Ariane Deluz de la FMSH à l’occasion de toute communication écrite ou orale (thèse, publications, participation aux colloques…).

Dépôts des dossiers

Le dossier de candidature, rédigé en français, est à présenter en un seul document (doc, docx ou pdf) et doit comporter les pièces suivantes :

• un formulaire de candidature rempli
• un CV de maximum 2 pages accompagné d’une liste de publications et travaux
• un programme de terrain de recherche, maximum 5 pages de 1500 signes par page
• une copie du projet de thèse signé par le directeur de thèse
• un bref résumé de la thématique, maximum 5 lignes

Les dossiers complets doivent être envoyés à la fois par voie électronique et par voie postale. Ils doivent porter la mention explicite « Prix Ariane Deluz » sur l’enveloppe et être adressés à la FMSH à l’adresse suivante :

Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme
Pôle International – Prix Ariane Deluz –  c/o Olga Spilar
54 boulevard Raspail – 75006 Paris

Courriel :

Les dossiers de candidature incomplets ou ne correspondant pas à la description ci-dessus ne seront pas pris en compte. Le comité de sélection se réunit en mai. Les résultats seront communiqués par e-mail fin mai 2018.


Dépôt des candidatures : 1er janvier – 15 mars 2018

Date limite du dépôt des dossiers : 15 mars

Evaluation : 15 mars– 30 mai

Sélection et notification des candidats : 30 mai

Remise du prix : début juin 2018

Séjour sur le terrain : 2018/2019

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Publication : African Contributions to Peace Operations: Insights from the Military

African Contributions to Peace Operations: Insights from the Military

Journal of Eastern African Studies
Volume 12, n°1, 2018

A collection of five articles are to be published by the Journal of Eastern African Studies. They have already been made available online on the journal website. This collection of articles proceeds from the workshop organized by CFEE in Addis Ababa in April 2016 (, with the support of the Observatory of the Horn of Africa (LAM, Sciences Po Bordeaux, Région Nouvelle Aquitaine), the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the French Ministry of Defence.


The collection has been directed by Nina Wilén (FNRS, ULB), David Ambrosetti (CNRS, CFEE) and Jean-Nicolas Bach (CEDEJ Khartoum).

The five articles are:

Marco Jowell, “The unintended consequences of foreign military assistance in Africa: An analysis of peacekeeping training in Kenya”


Josefine Kuhnel Larsen & Nina Wilén, “Rwanda’s military as a people’s army: heroes at home and abroad”


Thomas Mandrup, “An uncertain future: South Africa’s national defence force caught between foreign-policy ambitions and domestic development”


Nina Wilén, Gérard Birantamije, David Ambrosetti, “The Burundian army’s trajectory to professionalisation and depoliticisation, and back again”


Paul Williams, “Joining AMISOM: Why six African states contributed troops to the African Union Mission in Somalia”

Conférence de Roland Marchal « Politique étrangère française en Afrique, perspectives »

Conférence-débat, lundi 15 janvier à 19h

Roland Marchal : « Politique étrangère française en Afrique, perspectives»

Chercheur au Centre de recherches internationales de Sciences Po (Paris), Roland Marchal est spécialiste de l’économie et des conflits armés en Afrique sub-saharienne. Il enseigne à Sciences Po et à l’Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne.


Conférence en français, avec traduction simultanée en arabe

محاضرة ـ جلسة نقاش الاثنين 15 يناير ، 7:00م

رولان مارشال : “آفاق السياسة الخارجية الفرنسية”  


رولان مارشال ، باحث بمركز الأيحاث الدولية ، كلية العلوم السياسية بباريس ، متخصص في الاقتصاد والنزاعات المسلحة بافريقيا جنوب الصحراء. وهو ايضاً محاضر بكلية العلوم السياسية وبجامعة باريس 1 ، السوربون.


المحاضرة بالفرنسية مع ترجمة تتبعية للعربي

Atlas postdoctoral fellowship 2018

The Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH), French Embassy in Sudan (AMB) and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Sudan (MOHE), offer short-term fellowships of two months in France for young postdoc researchers from Sudan who have presented their thesis from 2009.

This research stay is designed to enable researchers to conduct research studies in France: field enquiries, library and archives work.

This call is part of the Atlas short-term postdoctoral mobility programme offered by the FMSH and its partners.

Pouvoirs et altérité dans la déclaration des zones humides d’intérêt international en Afrique : construction, légitimation et confrontation des savoirs sur la nature (SavNat-Afrique)

Partenaires : Laboratoire SAGE UMR 7363, Institut d’Ethnologie- Faculté de Sciences Sociales, Université de Strasbourg, ONCFS, CEDEJ (centre d’études et de documentation économiques, juridiques et sociales) Antenne Khartoum. MAEDI/USR 3123 CNRS
Dans le cadre de la déclaration d’une zone humide d’intérêt international au Soudan sous les conventions internationales RAMSAR et AEWA, ce projet s’intéresse à la production de savoirs sur les oiseaux migrateurs. A partir d’une ethnographie multi située nous nous proposons d’étudier les dispositifs pédagogiques développés dans ce contexte ; d’analyser différentes situations d’échange, voire de controverse, autour de la légitimité des savoirs sur les oiseaux et les zones humides et d’interpréter les représentations graphiques ainsi que les discours concernant les espaces protégés et les différents acteurs impliqués dans le processus de conservation.



Responsable scientifique : Luisa ARANGO

Post-doctorant : Guillaume CHRISTEN

Master Students : Eurydice DEVOS, Aurélien LOSSER, Romain DENIMAL

Artistic work: Alice LOULIN

SavNat Afrique (présentation) 24.04.2017

CEDEJ Khartoum