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New Coordinator – CEDEJ Khartoum: Dr. Luisa Arango

We are very pleased to announce that our colleague Dr. Luisa Arango is now acting as the Coordinator of CEDEJ Branch in Khartoum. Dr Luisa Arango is an anthropologist. She has developed her research on urban questions linked to environmental knowledge, natures and resources as land and drinking water. She has been working in Sudan, mainly in Khartoum, since 2008 and collaborating in collective and interdisciplinary projects, including CEDEJ Khartoum. As a former associated professor at the University of Strasbourg, she is interested in the teaching and learning process. You can contact her at the following email address:

Post Doctoral Research Position « Living in cities with terror: effects of diffuse terrorism on urban atmospheres » – Paris

This postdoctoral position is part of the broader research project Living in cities with terror: effects of diffuse terrorism on urban atmospheres, funded by Initiative d’excellence Paris//Seine and hosted at MRTE Research Group (University of Cergy-Pontoise), in partnership with the Universities of Birmingham (UK), Plymouth (UK) and Heidelberg (GER), since September 2017.

This project aims to understand the ‘weight’ of the threat of terrorism upon city dwellers’ daily experience of urban spaces in European metropolises. A first challenge of the project is to examine how this threat influences urban environments by acting on individuals, their behavior and their representations. The second issue, which is relevant to the first, concerns the understanding of the apparatus of urban security by considering the co-implication of the discourses and practices of public and private actors and the feeling of security experienced by city dwellers. The central hypothesis of the project is that urban environments have a capacity to translate this relation.

The research is conducted on three European countries, France, England and Germany, which have different histories in relation to the terrorist threat. It is conducted in two major phases: 1) the analysis of security policies, and 2) sensory ethnographies in selected cities.

Position details:

The post-doc will hold a full research position (100%) on this study. He/she will join an interdisciplinary, international research team (French, Italian, British, German), and will be responsible to carry out a part of this study across the above mentioned phases.

The post-doc will:

  • Participate (with the other members of the research team) in the analysis of security policies, on the French field and on one of the two other fields. This analysis focuses on a body of legal documents, political speeches, and press articles. Participation in the writing of the synthesis. (30%)
  • Construct, conduct and analysis of an ethnographic field survey of inhabitants of the research fields (at least in France and England, Germany if possible). Production of a written summary of this original survey. (70%)
Candidate profile:

PhD in geography, urban studies, sociology, or anthropology, with a preference for a background in sensory, atmospheres and affect related research. The ability to carry out large-scale ethnographic research, including skills for qualitative analysis (applied to broad documentary corpuses as well as to interviews/observations) is required. Prior experience with sensory and non-representational methodologies, as well as knowledge of the field of critical security studies are very welcome.

The post-doc must be fluent in written and spoken French. Good command of written and spoken English is also expected. Ability to speak and/or read in German would be a plus.

Practical information:

Starting date: October 2018
Contract duration: 12 months
Rate of activity: 100%
Location: MRTE Research Group, University of Cergy-Pontoise, Cergy (Greater Paris)
Salary: 2900 € monthly gross (2300 € monthly neat)


To apply, please send the following documents before the 20th July 2018:
• Curriculum Vitae (detailed)
• A letter explaining your interest in the project
• PhD Thesis or significant publications (max 3)
• Copy of the PhD degree

Any enquiries should be addressed to Damien Masson (Associate Professor in Urban Studies, MRTE) the supervisor :

Former coordinator: Jean-Nicolas Bach,

Dr Jean-Nicolas BACH
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Jean-Nicolas Bach a coordonné le CEDEJ Khartoum entre octobre 2016 et août 2020. Ses recherches portent sur les problématiques liées à la démocratisation, aux situations autoritaires et aux différentes formes de violences politiques qui s’y exercent. Il a notamment coordonné avec Roland Marchal (CERI Sciences Po) l’ « Observatoire de l’Afrique de l’Est » –
Jean-Nicolas Bach coordinated  CEDEJ Khartoumfrom  October 2016 until August 2020 . His researches about democratization, authoritarian situations, and related forms of political violence. He notably coordinated with Roland Marchal (CERI Sciences Po Paris) the Observatory of East Africa :

Our researchers / nos chercheurs

Coordination of CEDEJ Khartoum : Dr Jean-Nicolas BACH

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Since 2011, CEDEJ Khartoum has supported several visiting/Sudanese researchers and students. The nature of this support varies, and is based on the request, on the evaluation of the dossier presented and on the resources available.

Depuis 2011, le CEDEJ Khartoum a apporté son soutien à plusieurs chercheurs et étudiants de passage ainsi qu’à des chercheurs et doctorants soudanais. La nature de ce soutien est variable, et est déterminée en fonction de la demande formulée, de l’évaluation qui est faite du dossier présenté et des ressources disponibles.

Visiting researchers and students

Chercheurs et étudiants de passage


  • Katarzyna (Kasia) Grabska, PhD, social anthropologist. Senior Research Fellow at the Global Migration Centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She received her PhD in Development Studies/Anthropology from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, UK. Her research focuses on gender, generation, youth, displacement, refuges, return, and identities. For her PhD, I analyzed social transformations in the context of forced displacement and return among southern Sudanese refugees. She is particularly interested in intersections of power, gender identities and gender and generational relations in forced displacement situations and the impact of (forced) migration on youth. Recently, she has been developing a strand of work around narratives of displacement and refugeness, and urban displacement. Prior to entering academia, Kasia worked and researched in the humanitarian field on issues of human rights, migration, and refugees in Guinea, Cambodia and Vietnam. She then moved in Egypt where she engaged in research among urban refugees. Consequently, she carried out research in Lebanon, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan, and South Sudan, refugee livelihoods, access to rights, social transformations and displacement, and adolescent girls’ migration in the Middle East and East Africa. Kasia used visual media, feminist methodologies, and participatory methodologies in fieldwork. Since 2002, she has been carrying out a longitudinal study of gender relation transformations among Nuer from South Sudan in Egypt, Kenya, South Sudan and in Khartoum. She recently completed a three year long research analyzing adolescent girls migration and displacement in Sudan. Grabska published widely in academic journals as well as has made documentary films. Her most recent film was made in collaboration with a team of researchers and filmmakers, and is called Time to look at girls: migrants in Ethiopia and Bangladesh. She is the author of Gender, Identity and Home: Nuer repatriation to South Sudan (2014) which received the Armory Talbot Prize in 2015 and co-editor of Forced Migration: Why Rights Matter? (2008).
  • Azza Ahmed Abdel aziz – Azza Ahmed Abdel Aziz holds a Ph. D in Social and Medical anthropology gained in 2013 from the department of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her research interests focus on cultural understandings of health, which largely feature an exploration of the interface between such understandings and bio-medical configurations of health. Dr. Aziz’s work focuses on how different individuals and groups access health on a continuum ranging from therapeutics based on cultural beliefs to those based on scientific epistemologies. She has in-depth experience working on these issues among southern Sudanese and South Sudanese individuals and groups of people displaced in Khartoum whose lives have been subject to experiences of movement/migration in different forms. She has also worked with victims of torture in London.
  • Hind Mahmud Youssef –  Hind Mahmud Youssef has been studying food technology at Jezirah University. However, her research interests has evolved: she obtained a master degree at Ahfad university on gender studies (she wrote her master thesis on the socio-economic impacts of fistula in Sudan). She is currently a Phd student on development studies with a gender perspective at Ahfad University for Women. She is also contributing to our research programme METRO 2 SOUDAN.
  • Nadine Rea Intisar Adam – Since 2014, she is Ph.D Candidate at the International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment (REMEP), based at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, she is also a member of the LOST (Law, Organisation, Science and Technology) research group at University of Halle-Wittenberg. Her doctoral dissertation project is: « Gender and Art in the Quest for Peace. Women’s Involvement in Peace Building and the Role of Art in Peace Processes in Sudan ».

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The team

The permanent team of the CEDEJ-Khartoum is:

– Alice Franck, coordinator of the branch

– Alice Koumurian, project officer

Moreover, several researchers are attached to the center as associate researchers.

– Einas Ahmed, political scientist, Associate researcher

– Franck Derrien, geographer, Associate researcher

-Katarzyna Grabska, Anthropologist, Associate researcher

– Raphaelle Chevrillon Guibert, political scientist, Associate Researcher

-Agnès de Geoffroy, political scientist, Associate researcher

-Elena Vezzadini, historian, Associate researcher

Apart from them, and according to programs carried on, the center hires ad hoc researchers, both Sudanese and international.

Moreover, the CEDEJ-Khartoum is deeply rooted in the Sudanese academic environment. It maintains particularly strong links with the University of Khartoum.