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Mirjam de Bruijn

Professor of Contemporary History and Anthropology of Africa

Name
Prof.dr. M.E. de Bruijn
Telephone
+31 71 527 8546
E-mail
m.e.de.bruijn@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Mirjam de Bruijn is an anthropologist whose work has a clearly interdisciplinary character with a preference for contemporary history and cultural studies.

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Counter Voices in Africa

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Mirjam de Bruijn is an anthropologist whose work has a clearly interdisciplinary character with a preference for contemporary history and cultural studies. She focuses on the interrelationship between agency, marginality, mobility, communication and technology.  Mirjam is an Africanist with a focus on West and Central Africa. She did and does extensive (qualitative) fieldwork in Cameroon, Chad and Mali. Her specific fields of interest are: nomadism, youth and children, social (in)security, poverty, marginality/social and economic exclusion, violence and human rights, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

In Mali she has worked in the Mopti area with the Fulbe (Peul) and in Menaka with the Tamacheck (Tuareg), while in Chad she has worked in N'djamena (the capital) and in Central Chad with Hadjerai and Arab groups. In Cameroon she works in the Grassfields and in the north. Her recent research focuses on urban youth and artists and their role in political movements. From 2008 to 2013 she has been coordinating the research programme ‘Mobile Africa Revisited’- a comparative study of the interrelationship between Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), agency, marginality and mobility patterns in Africa. In 2012 Mirjam was awarded a Vici grant (NWO), namely ‘Connecting in times of duress: understanding communication and conflict in Middle Africa’s mobile margins’. Since 2013 she has developed the project ‘Voice4Thought’ which is an example of valorization of research.

Recently, she received funding from the World Bank for a project on Mobile Money (2015-2016) in Africa, and from UNICEF (2016-2018) to develop a project on Child soldiers in the Central African Republic.

Dr. Mirjam de Bruijn was appointed Professor of Contemporary History and Anthropology of Africa at the Faculty of Arts at Leiden University as of June 15th, 2007. She delivered her inaugural lecture "De telefoon heeft benen gekregen; Mobiele communicatie en sociale veranderingen in de marges van Afrika" on September 5th, 2008.

Key publications

  • De Bruijn, M. 2016. ‘Citizen Journalism at Crossroads: Mediated political agency and duress in Central Africa’, in: Bruce Mutsvairo (ed.) Participatory Politics and Citizen Journalism in a Networked Africa, A Connected Continent,  London: Palgrave Macmillan, page 90-104.

 

Professor of Contemporary History and Anthropology of Africa

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Institute for History
  • Afrika studies

Work address

Johan Huizinga Building
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.36

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Professor of Culture and identity in Africa

  • Afrika-Studiecentrum
  • Wetenschappelijke staf

Work address

Pieter de la Court Building
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3B55

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Publications

  • Odyssee, resaerch and policy institute Bamako, Mali member scientific comittee
  • IIASA, www.iiasa.ac.at member of scientific committee