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Sudan revolution Archive

Recording testimonies since December 2018

Statement of Purpose

As regards the events that have unfolded since 19thDecember 2018 which have led to radical alterations on the Sudanese political scene, a vast number of documents have been circulating, most especially on social media. These have had a strong influence on the mobilization of the Sudanese population.

Due to the fragile and fleeting nature of such mediums, Sudanese and foreign researchers have deemed it of the highest importance to record testimonies of the events that have taken place over the past four months (photographs and videos) as well as political statements of different orders (texts, drawings, signs, photographs, songs, videos, etc.) that have been circulating in Sudan before some of these documents are irremediably lost.

The database, set up under the coordination of the French research institute in Sudan, CEDEJ-Khartoum (a public research institution affiliated to the National Council for Scientific Research – CNRS), will serve as a means of conserving facets of Sudanese history and serve as a tool for future research. CEDEJ Khartoum as a research institution based in Sudan is well versed in research on the two Sudans.

Tasks allocated to the Sudan Revolution Archive

A)    Collecting

  • The first task of the Sudan Revolution Archive (SRA) is to collect documents, with an emphasis on gathering the largest number of sources, both in terms of political affiliations and geographical locations.
  • CEDEJ Khartoum will coordinate data collection.

B)    Archiving

  • A database will be set up to reference all relevant documents and will allow for the exploration of the collection under a variety of criteria (dates, locations, etc.).
  • A platform has been created and funded by AGS Co.This will enable the uploading of various forms of documents (texts, drawings, signs, photographs, songs, videos, etc.) and ensure their safe preservation.

C)    Sharing

  • The SRA database will be open-access and, pending the stabilization of the political situation in Sudan, will constitute a basis for further collaboration with all Sudanese institutions should they wish to make use of it.
  • CEDEJ Khartoum will guarantee free access to the SRA database and ensure its exclusive use for non-commercial purposes.
  • As the most convenient short term solution, the database will be hosted on a server made available by AGS Co.[Utilisate1] , until a permanent solution can be found.

Guidelines for the Sudan Revolution Archive

D)    Which documents ?

  • Documents will be selected according to their historical significance, in the knowledge that the fluidity of the situation in Sudan imposes that the largest array of documents should be collected, while further developments arise.
  • When necessary, documents shall be sent by their creator, in order to avoid proprietary issues.

E)    How to send documents ?

  • Documents can be either :
  • Documents shall be sent accompanied with the following information :
    • The source of production ;
    • The date of production ;
    • The location ;
    • The medium of circulation (WhatsApp, Facebook, etc.) ;
    • The themes contained in any given document (as a basis for indexation of the document) ;
    • A short commentary (as a basis for indexation of the document).

F)    How to access the Sudan Revolution Archive ?

G)   How to collaborate with the Sudan Revolution Archive project ?

Dossier spécial soudan (noria) – “retour sur les dynamiques révolutionnaires soudanaises”

Dear all, 

We are pleased to share with you this special issue on Sudan just published by NORIA, coordinated by Clément Deshayes, Margaux Etienne and Khadidja Medani. A beautiful illustration of CEDEJ Khartoum affiliated researchers great work.

Second Part next week.

Slavery and Slave Trade in Ethiopia and Beyond

SLAFNET Summer School
15-18 April 2019
Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University

Program :
* Monday, 15 : Trends in the study of slavery and slave trade in Africa.
* Tuesday, 16 : Graduate workshop on History and Memory.
* Wednesday, 17 : Visit to the National Archives of Ethiopia; Graduate workshop on Literature and Orality; Film screening at Alliance Ethio-française.
* Thursday, 18 : Public roundtable on the New perspectives in the study of slavery and slave trade in Ethiopia; Graduate workshop on Abolition.

Seminar Agnès levallois

CEDEJ Khartoum Next Seminar:


Gulf countries: a common diplomacy? Common interests and divergences

Venue – CEDEJ Khartoum – Tuesday 26 February – 3pm

Agnès LEVALLOIS is an expert in the Arab-Muslim World and Mediterranean issues. In addition to her consulting activities, she is also Vice-President of the Mediterranean and Middle East Research Institute (iReMMO), and a member of the editorial board of Confluences Méditerranée. She devoted a part of her career to activities in the world of journalism and information.

Agnès LEVALLOIS est experte du monde arabo-musulman et des questions méditerranéennes. Outre ses activités de consultante, elle occupe également la vice-présidence de l’institut de Recherche et d’études Méditerranée Moyen-Orient (iReMMO) et est membre du comité de rédaction de la revue Confluences Méditerranée. Elle a consacré une partie de sa carrière à des activités dans le monde du journalisme et de l’information.
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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“The Future of the Red Sea” – International COnference – Observatoire Afrique de l’Est, Paris 14 March

Journée d’étude dans le cadre de l’Observatoire de l’Afrique de l’Est en partenariat avec le CEDEJ Khartoum et la Direction générale des relations internationales et de la stratégie (DGRIS).

9h15 – 9h30 : Introduction à la journée d’étude

Roland Marchal, Sciences Po-CERI/CNRS et Jean-Nicolas Bach, CEDEJ Khartoum

9h30 – 11h00 : La Mer rouge vue par des acteurs distants

Présidence : Fatiha Dazi-Heni, IRSEM, IEP de Lille

Seyyed Hamze Safavi, Université de Téhéran
View of Iran’s foreign policy sector toward the Persian Gulf and the Horn of Africa : interests and challenges

Laurent Bonnefoy, Sciences Po-CERI/CNRS, Paris
Oman : conceptualisation et opérationnalisation d’une politique étrangère singulière au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique

11h00 – 11h15 : Pause-café

11h15 – 12h45 : Visions régionales discordantes

Présidence : Clélie Nallet, IFRI, Paris

Harry Verhoeven, Oxford University – China-Africa Network
Riyal Politik? Gulf States and Changing Conceptions of Regional Order in the Red Sea and Horn of Africa

Michael Woldemariam, Boston University, Pardee School of Global Studies
The Regional Implications of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Rapprochement: Continuity and Change in the New Horn of Africa

13h00 – 14h30 : Déjeuner

14h30 – 16h00 : A la marge ou au centre des nouveaux enjeux

Présidence : Jean-Nicolas Bach, CEDEJ Khartoum

Alsir Sidahmed, Consultant international et journaliste
Sudan: Scenarios for a Red Sea Policy 

Sonia Le Gouriellec, Université Catholique de Lille
Djibouti l’oubliée 

Roland Marchal, Sciences Po-CERI/CNRS
Reconfigurations politiques somaliennes à l’aune de la compétition entre pays du Golfe

16h00 – 16h15 : Pause-café

16h15 – 17h30 : Panel de conclusion

Responsables scientifiques : Jean-Nicolas Bach, CEDEJ Khartoum et Roland Marchal, Sciences Po-CERI/CNRS

report – Observatoire afrique de l’est

Please find on this link the latest report of the Observatoire de l’Afrique de l’Est (CEDEJ Khartoum – CERI Sciences Po): 

East Africa Oil and Gas: Silver Bullet or Complex Remedy
Note 8 – January 2019 by Patricia I. Vasquez
Patrica I. Vasquez
 is a Research Associate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Abstract: East Africa has recently entered the global map of oil and gas exploration and production. Uganda and Kenya are about to become oil producers and Tanzania enlarged its endowment of world-class offshore natural gas reserves in recent years. Key to a successful development of the three countries ́ hydrocarbons industry is completion of the infrastruc- ture projects needed to monetize their reserves: mainly pipelines to carry landlocked oil to the coast for export and liquefaction facilities for transporting natural gas. The size, cost, and complexity of the projects pose great challenges to the development of the oil and gas sector. The quality of the sector governance in each of the three countries is also critical for securing a well-managed hydrocarbons industry, but unfor- tunately, challenges appear in the horizon. Oil decisions in Uganda and Tanzania are in the hands of a handful within the President ́s inner circle with typically little transparency. This makes it difficult to make autho- rities accountable for their actions. In the case of Kenya, management of the oil industry is more decentralized and the oil producing region has an increasing influence on how the sector is being managed. There, differences between the two levels of government that go beyond the mere mana- gement of the oil sector, and touch upon ethni- city and economic inequalities pose a challenge to a smooth development of the oil industry. This essay analyzes the domestic and regio- nal prospects and challenges that lie ahead for Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda as theydevelop their oil and gas industries.

Exposition “12O VACHES” – lyon

L’exposition “120 vaches”, qui traite de la tradition du mariage Koj au Soudan du Sud à travers un film documentaire, un théâtre forum, des dessins, des vidéos et des performances d’artistes contemporains, se tiendra du 23 février au 30 mars 2019, au Centre d’arts plastiques de Saint-Fons. 

Avec Malvina Barra, Camille Ducellier, Olivier Minot, Aliza Monchy, Tabita Rezaire, Cie l’Archipel.
Curateurs : Fabien Pinaroli, Nicolas Audureau.

Sur une proposition de SOS Sud Soudan – Populations et Cultures.

En partenariat avec Singa Lyon, Gnama Gnama Productions, Katarzyna Grabska et Alice Franck, chercheuses, anthropologue et géographe.


Les Afrique dans le Monde (LAM) recrute mi-janvier un.e Ingénieur.e d’étude “Animateur/trice de communauté” en charge de la communication et de la valorisation des recherches menées par les communautés scientifiques de LAM (60%) et des UMIFRE (40%) : Nairobi, Ibadan, Johannesburg, Addis Adeba, et Karthoum. Le poste est également lié au GIS études africaines. La personne sera basée à LAM, Bordeaux.

Description des missions :

Au sein de LAM, en étroite collaboration avec les UMIFRE et le GIS études africaines en France, le/la animateur/trice de communautés prend en charge l’animation de la communauté des chercheurs africanistes, à travers la communication numérique (site web, un blog commun et les réseaux sociaux) ;

Il/elle prend en charge la communication en lien avec la valorisation des recherches menées par les communautés scientifiques de LAM et des UMIFRE ;

Description des activités :

Pour la partie LAM (60 %) :
– Accompagner la stratégie de construction et renforcement de réseaux et partenariats académiques et non académiques de LAM, en Afrique, en Europe (réseau AEGIS), en Asie et en Amérique
– Faire vivre et optimiser les supports de communication électronique de LAM (site, blog et comptes des réseaux sociaux), en lien avec l’animation du réseau du GIS « Etudes Africaines en France ».
– Contribuer à l’élaboration et à l’animation d’une stratégie de communication digitale et de valorisation de la recherche auprès de la direction de LAM.
– Accompagner la stratégie de valorisation numérique des productions scientifiques, assurer une veille technologique sur les évolutions de la valorisation notamment numérique
– Assurer une veille informationnelle et un partage de l’information au sein de LAM et de ses réseaux – Assurer le développement des contenus scientifiques et pédagogiques numériques conçus à LAM pour divers publics (REL, MOOC, Science ouverte à distance)
– Encourager les chercheurs à diffuser leurs recherches en accès libre

Pour la partie mutualisée (40 %) :
-Il/elle contribue à l’entretien et au renforcement d’un réseau multi-acteurs de partenaires sur et dans les Afriques ;
-Il/elle assure la mise en contact des chercheurs autour de la diffusion d’appels à projets
– Préparer les contenus pour les différents formats de diffusion électronique (blog, réseaux sociaux, REL)
– développer et amplifier les liens entre les réseaux existants (GIS, AEGIS, ASA, JAAS, CAAS, CODESRIA)
– Faire vivre le blog et les comptes des réseaux sociaux, participer à l’animation du réseau du GIS « Etudes Africaines en France ».
– Proposer, mettre en place et animer un plan de construction et renforcement de la communauté scientifique des études africaines, dans le cadre du GIS Afrique, en partenariat avec LAM et les UMIFRE.
– Assurer une veille technologique sur les évolutions de la communication notamment numérique, analyser les impacts et proposer des stratégies et outils.

Description des compétences :

– Connaissance des outils et technologies de l’information et de la communication
– Maitrise des logiciels de gestion de contenus et connaissance générale des normes et techniques de la structuration de contenus web
– Connaissance des règles légales et procédures déontologiques dans la communication numérique et réseaux sociaux
– Connaissance de la recherche dans le domaine de SHS
– Animer des réseaux, travailler en équipe
– Maitriser les outils et codes des réseaux sociaux et s’adapter aux évolutions technologiques
– anglais : niveau B2 – C1,
– La connaissance de l’Afrique et/ou du portugais seraient des plus

Description du contexte :

Le/la animateur/trice de communautés travaille au sein de LAM, laboratoire pluridisciplinaire d’études africaines CNRS/Sciences Po Bordeaux à Bordeaux. Il travaille en étroite concertation avec les UMIFRE de Nairobi, Ibadan, Johannesburg, Addis Adeba, et Karthoum et avec le GIS Etudes africaines en France. Il/elle prend en charge l’animation des blogs (et leur convergence) et des différents comptes sociaux (Facebook, Twitter). Il/elle développe et gère les outils et supports de diffusion numérique et valorisation de la recherche. Il/elle travaille sous la responsabilité du directeur de LAM, en contact étroit avec les directeurs.trices du GIS Afrique et des UMIFRE, en collaboration directe avec les webmestres du GIS et des laboratoires. Il/elle est intégré au sein d’une équipe de 9 ITA à LAM, comportant notamment une maquettiste/graphiste et une webmestre.
Des formations pourront accompagner la prise de fonction selon le profil du/de la candidat·e retenu·e.

Conflict Research Fellowship

The Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC) program of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) invites research grant applications from postdoctoral researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners working on the drivers of conflict at universities and nongovernmental organizations.

About the Conflict Research Fellowship 

The Conflict Research Fellowship (CRF) offers yearlong 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 of 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, 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 DDR/RR, stabilization, regional security networks/arenas, 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).

CRP Fellowship Guidelines

Grants are awarded on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis and are intended to support three months of field-based research, whereas a visiting fellowship can be supported for a maximum of 6 months. Up to 7-9 individual grants of a maximum of £17,000 will be awarded. Women and nationals of the five country cases are strongly encouraged to apply. Please refer to the application guidelines when completing the application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult this site.

Research Grant Proposals

The UVC is interested in innovative field-based projects that demonstrate strong potential for high-quality research and analysis, which in turn can inform practical action on conflict and/or facilitate interregional collaboration and networking among researchers and practitioners.

Proposals should clearly describe research objectives and significance, with alignment between research design/method and research questions and goals. Proposals should also demonstrate knowledge of the research subject and relevant literature, and address the feasibility of proposed research activities, including a time frame for project completion. Please consider carefully how your research project has the potential to contribute to a sound and credible knowledge base for how different interventions affect violent conflict and/or the risk of renewed violent conflict. We strongly encourage the inclusion of a brief, but realistic budget outline (keeping within the allotted amount for the grant), to fit appropriately within a six-month project and the page limit required. 


  • Candidates must be postdoctoral scholars, policy analysts, or practitioners based at a university or nongovernmental organization 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 two 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, DRC, Iraq, or Syria.
  • Applicants must also be available to attend a preparatory workshop within the first two months of their fellowship period, and a capstone workshop towards 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.

Application Process

All applications must be uploaded through our online portal.

Do not hesitate to contact program staff at the Social Science Research Council in New York if you have further questions. Program staff may be contacted at or by telephone at (+1) 718-517-3707.


  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Completed Proposal & Bibliography
  3. Two (2) Reference Letters
  4. Language evaluation(s) (if required)
  5. Updated CV


The application deadline is 6 January 2019. In order to be considered, your application must be completed online and in SUBMITTED no later than 11:59pm (EST). References and language evaluations must also be submitted online by the deadline. 

Latest Report – Observatoire Afrique de l’Est

Dear all,  for those who read French, please find the latest report of the Observatoire de l’Afrique de l’Est (CEDEJ Khartoum-Sciences Po CERI), on this link: 

L’Éthiopie d’Abiy Ahmed Ali : une décompression autoritaire

(Novembre 2018), Note 7, Jeanne Aisserge (chercheur indépendante) et Jean-Nicolas Bach (directeur du CEDEJ Khartoum)


Le régime éthiopien s’enfonçait dans une profonde crise politique depuis 2014. L’élection d’Abiy Ahmed comme Premier ministre fin mars-début avril 2018 a conduit à un renversement de tendance inattendu et radical. Multipliant les signes d’ouverture et les appels à la paix en politique intérieure et extérieure, celui-ci apparaît aujourd’hui comme le sauveur qui a évité au pays de s’enfoncer dans le chaos. Il s’agit pour le nouveau Premier ministre d’assurer la survie du régime EPRDF, au moins dans un premier temps. Il est trop tôt pour parler de « transition » ou de ” démocratisation “. Aujourd’hui, la prouesse du Dr. Abiy relève de la « décompression » autoritaire qu’il a réussi à enclencher. Les défis plus systémiques restent à relever.

All the reports of l’Observatoire are available here : 


We are pleased to invite you to CEDEJ Khartoum next Seminar, by Dr. Mohamed Bakhit, Head of the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, University of Khartoum :

“Urbanization Dynamics in Greater Khartoum: Examples of Al-Baraka area and South Sudanese people”.

On Thursday 15 November, at 3pm.

Summary: The presentation will examine changes in the urbanisation and the resulting reconfigurations of power relations in the peripheral spaces of Greater Khartoum.  The aim of the presentation is to demonstrate arising divergences as a result of changes in the urbanisation dynamics in Khartoum in the last two decades.

Two examples will be discussed during the presentation to illustrate such dynamics:
1/The construction of identity and different lifestyles of the Al-Baraka shantytown area, located in the north-eastern periphery of Khartoum city in Sudan, populated mainly by migrants, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and refugees from South Sudan, Darfur and the Nuba Mountains. The presentation focuses on the processes of social identity construction and practiced lifestyles of shantytown settlers, on the bases of generational variations, rural-urban disparities, and ethno-cultural differences between Khartoum city and local people’s home areas in south, western Sudan and South Sudan.

2/The processes of identity, nationality and citizenship changes for a group of South Sudanese people resident in Khartoum since the independence of South Sudan in 2011. The emphasis will be on the everyday experiences and practices of South Sudan communities in Khartoum in obtaining and using nationality documents, and the specific rights and duties generated from such legal status. The presentation will also examine the extent that nationality and citizenship processes reflected certain ideas of national identity sponsored by the state and/or South Sudanese communities in Khartoum.  

Mohamed A. G. Bakhit has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Bayreuth, Germany. He has been Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Faculty of Economic and Social Studies, at the University of Khartoum, since August 2016 up to now. Currently, he is the Head of Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, since February 2017. His main research interests are identity change, urbanization, forced migration, minority groups, and citizenship. 
He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Volkswagen Foundation-funded research project “Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa”, coordinated by the Centre for Interdisciplinary African Studies (ZIAF), University of Frankfurt, Germany. His postdoctoral project is entitled:Identity, Nationality and Citizenship for Southern Sudanese Communities in Khartoum. The research project runs from 2015 to 2018.His recent publications include“From “Truck Modding” to Auto-Rickshaw Driving:  A Continuous Attempt to Trace Creativity and the Localization of Technology in the Sudan”. In: Körper Technik Wissen: Kreativität und Aneignungsprozesse in Afrika. In den Spuren Kurt Becks. Markus Verne, Paola Ivanov, Magnus Treiber (ed.). LIT Verlag: Berlin (2017). And peer reviewed article “The citizenship dilemma of Southern Sudanese communities in the post-secession era in Khartoum”. In Égypte/Monde arabe [Online], Troisième série, Le Soudan après l’indépendance du Soudan du Sud 2016. 

Exhibition “Lutteurs” – French Institute

CEDEJ Khartoum is pleased to invite you to the exhibition “Lutteurs” around Nubian wrestling at the French Institute from 15th to 30th November.

In collaboration with the French Institute, Paul Hayes, a PhD candidate in anthropology and visiting scholar at CEDEJ Khartoum, and his assistant Mudawi Hassan Safi will present the stories of young wrestlers through photographs. 

SavNat Afrique – Cluster for sustainability research, Strasbourg


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– Ingold, T., (2000), The Perception of the Environment. Essays in Livelihood, Dwelling and Skill, Londres, New York, Routledge.

– Hale, S., Kadoda, G. (2015), “Introduction. Identities evolving, mobilities expanding, and technologies intervening – Things come together” in S. Hale and G. Kadoda (eds.). Networks of knowledge production in Sudan: identities, mobilities, and technologies. Lanham; Boulder; New York; London: Lexington Books, pp. 1–22.

– Calkins, S. (2016), « How “clean gold” came to matter. Metal detectors, infrastructure, and valuation», Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, n° 6, vol. 2, pp. 173–195.