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Dr. Jean-Nicolas Bach, Coordinateur du CEDEJ Khartoum

Dr Jean-Nicolas BACH
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Jean-Nicolas Bach coordonne le CEDEJ Khartoum depuis octobre 2016 . Titulaire d’un doctorat en Science politique (2011), ses recherches s’intéressaient initialement à la pertinence à considérer la formation de l’Etat et les conflits à travers le prisme centre-périphérie. A partir du cas éthiopien, il s’est intéressé de façon large aux formations impériales, étatiques et nationales, et plus précisément aux façons dont les historiographies qui les accompagnent affectent la structuration du champ partisan. Ses recherches s’orientent dernièrement vers les problématiques liées à la démocratisation, aux situations autoritaires et aux différentes formes de violences politiques qui s’y exercent. Il coordonne avec Roland Marchal (CERI Sciences Po) l’ « Observatoire de l’Afrique de l’Est », financé par la DGRIS en partenariat avec l’Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), le CFEE d’Addis-Abeba, l’IFRA de Nairobi, le CEDEJ du Caire, le CSBA, Les Afriques dans le Monde (Sciences Po Bordeaux) –
Jean-Nicolas Bach has been coordinating CEDEJ Khartoum since October 2016. He holds a PhD in Political Science (2011). His research used to focus on the relevance of the centre-periphery paradigm when it comes to study state formation and conflicts. Based on the Ethiopian case, he has been interested in imperial, state and nation formation, and how inherited historiographies have been affecting the formation of the party system. More recently, his research have been oriented towards democratization, authoritarian situations, and related forms of political violence. He is coordinating with Roland Marchal (CERI Sciences Po Paris) the Observatory of East Africa, in collaboration with the French Institute for international Relations, the French Research Institutes in the region (CFEE Addis Ababa, IFRA Nairobi, CEDEJ Cairo) and Les Afriques dans le Monde-Sciences Po Bordeaux:

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.