Participating Scholars

Workshop Leaders:

Einas AHMED – eahmed@magic.fr 
Centre d'Études et Documentation Économiques, Juridiques et Sociales (Sudan)
Einas Ahmed is a political scientist; she graduated from University of Mohamed V, Morocco. She defended her doctorate in 2004 at the Centre of l’Afrique dans le Monde, LAM, (previously le Centre d’Etudes d’Afrique Noire, CEAN) of the Institute for Political Studies of Bordeaux. She has several publications on Sudan and works mainly on Islam and Politics in Sudan. She also worked for the United Nations Mission in Sudan and Libya. Currently she is Associate Researcher at LAM in Bordeaux and at the Centre d’Etudes et de Documentation Economique, Juridique et Sociale, (CEDEJ)-Khartoum. 

Augustin LOADA – aloada@hotmail.com
l'Institut pour la Gouvernance et le Développement (Burkina Faso)
Augustin Loada received a PhD in Political Science at Montesquieu-Bordeaux University in France in 1994. He has been a professor of public law and political science at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso since 1995, where he teaches constitutional law, research methodology in social sciences, political sociology, and public policy analysis, and coordinates the master’s and doctoral programs in public law and political science. He also serves as a visiting lecturer at many universities including the Cheick Anta Diop University in Senegal, Montesquieu-Bordeaux University, and the Catholic Universities of Bobo Dioulasso in Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire. He is the director of the Center for Democratic Governance (CDG)/Institute for Governance and Development (IGD), a Burkina Faso-based research center that conducts studies in the field of governance and democratization and helps strengthen the capacities of political actors in democratic governance. In 2000, Loada was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Boston University in the United States.

Mahaman TIDJANI ALOU – tidjanialou@yahoo.fr
Université Abdou Moumouni (Niger)
Mahaman Tidjani Alou is professor of political science the University of Niamey (Niger) and was scientifique director of LASDEL (2001-2007). Currently, he acts as the dean of faculty of Economics and Law. His lecture is about political science, history of law, history of institutions, international relations and methodology. He has worked for several years on West African international cooperation, political elite, corruption, decentralisation and the state. His research combines ethnographic and historical approaches. He is co-editor of "Les Pouvoirs Locaux au Niger" (2009) and "Une Anthropologie Entre la Rigueur et l'Engagement" (2008). He also teaches at university of Toulouse (IEP) and at Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)-France.

Leonardo VILLALÓN – villalon@ufl.edu 
University of Florida (USA)
Leonardo A. Villalón is Associate professor of Political Science and African Studies at the University of Florida, where he coordinates the Sahel Research Group. From 2001-2011 he served as Director of the university’s Title VI Center for African Studies. Villalón holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, and degrees from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University, and Louisiana State University. His research specialization is in on Islam and politics and on democratization in the countries of the West African Sahel. Dr. Villalón taught for two years as a Fulbright senior scholar at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. He has also taught at the Université Gaston Berger in St. Louis, Senegal, and has lectured and directed seminars and workshops at universities and other institutions in numerous West African countries. From 2001-2005, he served as president of the West African Research Association (WARA). Villalón’s current research focuses comparatively on religion and democracy in Senegal, Mali and Niger, on religion and educational reform, and on electoral dynamics and political stability across the Francophone Sahel. In 2007 he was named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, for a project entitled: “Negotiating Democracy in Muslim Contexts: Political Liberalization and Religious Mobilization in the West African Sahel.” With Mahaman Tidjani Alou (LASDEL, Niger) he co-directed a project on religion and educational reform in the Sahel for the DfID-funded African Power and Politics (APPP) research program. He also codirects (with Daniel A. Smith) the “Trans-Saharan Elections Project,” focused on six countries: Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Chad. He is current PI of a three year Minerva Initiative grant to study political reform, social change, and stability in the Sahelian countries.

Kenneth WALD – kenwald@ufl.edu 
University of Florida (USA)
Kenneth D. Wald is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida where he has taught for thirty years. He writes primarily about the relationship of religion and politics in the United States and other Western nations. His books include Religion and Politics in the United States, The Politics of Cultural Differences: Social Change and Voter Mobilization Strategies in the Post-New Deal Period, and The Politics of Gay Rights. He has published many essays in edited volumes and articles in leading political science journals. Wald has been a Fulbright Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a visiting scholar at the University of Strathyclyde, Haifa University, Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and the Centennial Center in Washington, DC. He currently serves on the editorial board of Politics and Religion and on the Council of the American Political Science Association. Wald cofounded and continues to edit the Cambridge University Press book series, Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics. In 2011, he was named the Teacher-Scholar of the Year, the highest honor awarded by the University of Florida to a faculty member. He’s more proud of having officiated at the weddings of two of his former students.


Workshop Fellows:

Mouhoumed ABDOULKADER HASSAN – abdoulkader.hassan@yahoo.fr
Université de Djibouti (Djibouti)
Abdoulkader Hassan est enseignant chercheur en droit public à la faculté de droit de l’université de Djibouti où il a occupé le poste de chef de département droit de 2008 à 2011. Il enseigne le droit public notamment le droit administratif, des libertés publiques, le droit administratif des biens. Doctorant en 4ème année de droit public à l’université Paris 13, il termine une thèse relative à l’impact et limites juridiques de la politique de décentralisation en république de Djibouti. Il a travaillé, en tant qu’expert national, avec global integrity mais aussi avec le PNUD, dans le cadre de la formation des élus locaux et s’intéresse aussi aux questions de gouvernance et reformes administratives dans son pays. Il est aussi parmi les rédacteurs du rapport national du Rapport sur la gouvernance en Afrique ainsi que celui du MAEP où il a notamment contribué sur le cadre juridique de la décentralisation ainsi que le système électoral national. Enfin, il publiera un livre sur le cadre juridique et institutionnel de la décentralisation en république de Djibouti en juillet 2013.

Terlumun Moses ALUAIGBA – aluaigba@yahoo.com 
Bayero University, Kano (Nigeria)
Dr. Moses T. Aluaigba is a Research Fellow at Mambayya House, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD. in Political Economy and Development Studies from the University of Abuja, Nigeria in 2011. He has co-authored Educating the Electorate (2007), co-edited The Nigerian Youth: Political Participation and National Development (2010) as well as Corruption, Governance and Development in Nigeria: Perspectives and Remedies (2012) and is the Managing Editor of Mambayya House Journal of Democratic Studies (MHJDS). He teaches Research Methods in the Department of Political Science, Bayero University, Kano and has published widely on Political Economy. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Center for African Studies, Ohio University Athens, USA from August 2008 to May 2009. His areas of research interest include democracy, democratization in Nigeria, research methods, ethnic conflicts and conflict resolution.

Midjèou Béranger AVOHOUÉMÈ – bavohoueme@gmail.com 
Université d'Abomey-Calavi (Bénin)
Midjèou Béranger Avohouémè est doctorant en sociologie du développement à l'école doctorale pluridisciplinaire "espace,cultures et développement " de l'Université d'Abomey-Calavi au Bénin. Ses travaux de thèse démarrés depuis quelques années portent sur la problématique de la gouvernance du foncier en zones rurales au Sud-Bénin. Il s’interesse dans ses recherches aux questions de gouvernance locale, de la santé et des dynamiques agraires.Son engagement et son dévouement à la science lui ont valu la participation à plusieurs colloques et forum scientifiques en Afrique et en Europe. En 2012, il a effectué un stage de recheche en Sciences Sociales dans le cadre de l’Université d’été du LASDEL (Laboratoire d’Etudes et de Recherches sur les Dynamiques Sociales et le Développement Local) à Niamey au Niger. Au cours de la même année, il a activement contribué aux travaux des journées doctorales du pôle foncier à Montpellier en France en sa qualité de doctorant. Son assiduité aux activités ont favorisé son admission à la plate forme internationale des jeunes chercheurs en foncier. Lesquelles qualités lui permettront de prendre part aux séances de renforcement de capacités sur l’écriture scientifique organisées par les revues Politique Africaine et Afrique Contemporaine sur financement de l’Agence Française pour le Développement (AFD) en marge du sommet international des maires d’Afrique « Africacités » tenu à Dakar courant décembre 2012. Cette étape l’aidera pour la publication prochaine de l’un de ses articles. Il ouvert de nouveaux chantiers de recherche en collaboration avec son directeur de thèse combinant études empiriques et analyses théoriques autour de l’organisation du festival de Danhomê à Abomey au Bénin comme instrument socio-culturel et politique de développement local. Par ailleurs, en sa qualité de spécialiste de développement communautaire, il a conclu de nombreux contrats de travail avec des organismes nationaux et internationaux au Bénin. Il assiste également plusieurs de ses enseignants dans la délivrance de cours.

Mai AZZAM – maiazzamibrahim22@gmail.com
University of Khartoum (Sudan)
Mai Azzam is a Sudanese junior researcher in Anthropology. She obtained her bachelor’s degree with honors at the department of Social Anthropology of the University of Khartoum. Her academic ambition led her to earn a master’s degree from the same university, considered to be the best university in Sudan. Currently she is working on her PhD about young people and contemporary Sufism in Khartoum, focusing on the Borhanyyia tariqqua. Her research interests are religion, youth, women, and politics. Currently she is working at CEDEJ Khartoum (Centre d'Études et Documentation Économiques, Juridiques et Sociales). At the CEDEJ she participated in a research project “Islam and Society in Sudan” which was part of a bigger research project that took place in many Islamic countries; it was funded by the Dutch ministry for European affairs and international cooperation. Mai is impassioned about people, i.e. different life styles, cultures, histories, civilizations, and personal experiences.

Nasir BABA – babanasirm@gmail.com
Usmanu Danfodiyo University (Nigeria)
I am a lecturer in the Department of Curriculum Studies and Educational Technology, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria where I teach courses in curriculum studies and instructional methodology. My areas of research interest are Qur'anic education, basic education, and gender issues in education. I have recently completed a PhD thesis that examined the role of traditional Qur'anic schools in the delivery of a state sponsored programme of basic education to pupils of Qur'anic schools that experience exclusion from public education in Nigeria. This thesis undertaken with a fellowship grant awarded in 2009 by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) earned me a PhD in Curriculum Studies from University of Jos, Nigeria. I have also attended University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Usmanu Danfodiyo University where I obtained an M.A. in Curriculum Studies and B.A. in Education, respectively. Before joining the services of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, in July 2012, I was a lecturer in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Federal College of Education (Technical), Gusau, Nigeria. I have published several articles in Nigerian journals on my chosen areas of research, and my articles have also appeared in international publications such as the APAD Bulletin and Brill’s Journal of Law, Religion, and State. I am a laureate of the 2008 edition of the methodogical workshops on qualitative research organised annually for postgraduate students in Africa by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). In 2010, I participated in an international conference on “religious education in a democratic state” organised by Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. I am currently working on two projects emanating from my PhD thesis, these are: gender dimension of Qur'anic school reform in Nigeria, and the relationship between Qur'anic education and militant tendencies in religious expressions in Nigeria.

Issouf BINATÉ – binateissouf1981@yahoo.fr
Université Alassane O. de Bouaké (Côte d'Ivoire)
Titulaire d’un Doctorat (PhD) en histoire obtenu en 2012 à l’Université Félix Houphouët Boigny d’Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Issouf Binaté est actuellement Assistant à l’Université Alassane Ouattara de Bouaké. Ses recherches doctorales, soutenues financièrement par le Codesria (Conseil pour le Développement de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales en Afrique), ont porté sur la dynamique d’évolution de l’enseignement islamique en Côte d’Ivoire. A son actif, il a plusieurs publications scientifiques portant sur cette thématique dont l’une « Islamic education in Côte d’Ivoire », co-écrite avec Marie Nathalie LeBlanc (Université du Québec à Montréal) et parue dans l’Oxford Islamic Study Online. Il a pris part à des séminaires de méthodologie en sciences sociales à Bamako, Paris et Nancy en 2012, et Ouagadougou en 2013. Après une formation supérieure (DESS) en Gestion des conflits au Cerap (Centre de recherche et d’action pour la paix) et un séjour de travail au sein de l’Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations (OIM), Issouf Binaté a commencé à élargir son centre d’intérêt au domaine humanitaire, notamment les actions caritatives en milieu musulman dans son pays, la Côte d’Ivoire.

Onyima BLESSING NONYE – nonyelin2003@yahoo.com
Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka (Nigeria)
Onyima Blessing N. is a young vibrant Lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Nigeria. She holds a B.A, and M.A in Anthropology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is currently a Doctoral candidate (PhD) at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Ibadan. She is proficient in conducting ethnographic researches and aspires to lead an exciting research career in the field of Medical Anthropology.

Mamadou Lamine DEMBELE – mohadem360@yahoo.fr
Université des Sciences Juridiques et Politiques de Bamako (Mali)
Je me nomme Mamadou Lamine DEMBELE. Je suis Assistant en Droit Public à l’Université des Sciences Juridiques et Politique de Bamako. Je suis également Chef de la division Coopération au Rectorat de ladite Université. Je prepare actuellement une these de doctorat en Science politique sur le theme « l’Evolution des theories du développement dans le context oust-africain, du Moyen âge Soudanais à nos jours » qui cherche à comprendre et à expliquer les determinants socio-historiques faisant obstacle à l’émergence d’un Etat endogène fort et efficace capable de promouvoir le développement dans cet espace. Mes domains d’intérêt scientifique portent sur les theories du développement, les Relations internationals, l’État et la société civile, l’histoire du droit et des institutions. Par ailleurs, j’ai collaboré avec plusieurs journaux de la place dans lesquels j’ai écris divers articles sur la gouvernance démocratique au Mali, l’intégration régionale en Afrique, la modernité et l’impact des nouvelles technologies sur la société etc.

Boniface DULANI – dulanibo@msu.edu
University of Malawi (Malawi)
Boniface Dulani is a lecturer in the department of Political and Administrative Studies at Chancellor College of the University of Malawi. Since 2008, he also doubles as Fieldwork Operations Manager for the Afrobarometer – a comparative series of public opinion surveys that measure public attitudes toward democracy, governance, the economy, leadership, identity, and other related issues in more than 30 African countries. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Politics from the University of York (1999), a Master of Philosophy (MPhil.) in Development Studies from the University of Sussex (2002) and a PhD in Political Science from Michigan State University (2011). He lectures in Africa Politics, Politics of Development, Political Theory, Comparative Politics, and International Relations. He was the Head of Department between April 2005 and August 2006 and the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Science between December 2004 and August 2006. He has vast experience in conducting research and consultancy in various fields and his areas of competence and expertise include good governance, democracy, political economy of development, international organizations, and property rights.

Doris EHAZOUAMBELA – ehazouambela@yahoo.fr
Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales / CAEF (France)
Je suis né à Mbondou/ Makokou au Gabon, le 14 septembre 1979. J'ai fait mon école primaire à Mbondou puis le collège et le lycée à Makokou au nord-est où j'obtiens mon bac en 1999. Puis, je rejoins Libreville, la capitale pour des études universitaires. J'obtiens successivement en 2004 licence et en 2005 maîtrise de sociologie à l'Université Omar Bongo (UOB) de Libreville. En 2006 Master 2 à l'EHESS de Paris, et de 2007 à 2013 inscrit en doctorat d'anthropologie sociale et culturelle à l'EHESS/CEAF de Paris, en France. En 2012 je publie « Les petites « liturgies » politiques de l’islam au Gabon. Ou comment lire les liens entre le politique et l’islam minoritaire »,Cahiers d’Etudes Africaines, n°206-207, pp.665-686.

Daniel EIZENGA – deizenga@ufl.edu
University of Florida (USA)

Dan Eizenga is a doctoral student at the University of Florida. His research focuses on electoral authoritarian regimes in sub-Saharan Africa and investigates how different institutional configurations attempt to manage pressures from civil society for political liberalization. Dan’s research builds off the observation that elections alone do not necessarily produce democratic states or politically open societies. States and ruling parties pursue different degrees of political liberalization based on their ability to influence social organizations and in turn affect the ability of social organizations to influence politics. Specifically, Dan pursues this phenomenon in a comparative study of Burkina Faso and Chad by examining the different approaches of both states in regard to civil military relations as well as the relationship between the state and religious associations. More broadly, Dan’s research interests include Islam and politics, African politics, and democratization with a special focus on the countries of the West African Sahel. After completing his dissertation and successfully obtaining the Ph.D., he plans to pursue an academic career in teaching and research.

Salim HMIMNAT – salimhtm@yahoo.fr
Institut des Etudes Africaines à l'Université Mohammed V (Morocco)
Enseignant-Chercheur à l’Institut des Etudes Africaines à l'université Mohammed V de Rabat Maroc. Titulaire d’une thèse de doctorat en sciences politiques de la FSJES (UM5A) sur la politique religieuse au Maroc, ses recherches portent actuellement sur deux axes principaux: 1) Les interactions entre politique religieuse, mouvements islamistes et modernisation au Maroc post-colonial; 2) La dynamique des groupes djihadistes au Sahel. Parmi ses publications récentes: ‘Fondamentalisme d’Etat à l’épreuve de la modernisation autoritaire: Essai sur la politique religieuse au Maroc (1984-2002)’ [en arabe]. CM2S, Casablanca, (à paraître 2013); ‘L’Etat et la question du dialogue avec les détenus de la salafiya jihadiya’ in, Maati Monjib (sous la dir.), Débats entre islamistes et laïcs au Maroc, IKV & Centre Averroès & Dafater W.N, 2008, pp 127-143; ‘Chronologie du paysage islamiste au Maroc en 2008’, Etat du Maroc 2008-2009, Cahiers stratégiques N°5, Wijhat Nadar, 2009, pp 65-125; ‘L’Islam Marocain dans le discours idéologique officiel’, Wijhat Nadar, N° 39, 2009, pp 8-13.

Melina IZAMA – mplatas@stanford.edu
Stanford University (USA)
Melina Platas Izama is a PhD candidate in political science at Stanford University. Her research interests include social service provision, governance, foreign aid, and the intersection of religion and politics in Africa. Her dissertation explores the inequality in educational attainment between Christians and Muslims in Africa, and identifies the conditions under which this inequality has persisted or declined over time. She has conducted fieldwork in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda, and holds a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford.

Willy KALALA KANKONDE - willykalala2005@yahoo.fr
Université de Kinshasa (DRC)
Kalala Kankonde Willy il est détenteur d’un diplôme de DEA en sciences politiques et administratives de l’université de Kinshasa, en République Démocratique du Congo. Il est enseignant au département des sciences politiques et administratives de la même université. Il est aussi chercheur au Centre d’Etudes Politiques (CEP). Actuellement, il rédige sa thèse de doctorat en Sciences Politiques et Administratives sur « les relations entre l’Eglise Kimbanguiste et les régimes politiques postcoloniaux en RD Congo ». Parmi ses publications récentes: Essai d’analyse sur l’engagement politique des Eglises de réveil du Congo-Kinshasa (publié en 2004); Eglise Kimbanguiste : force Transnationale d’intégration entre l’espace francophone et lusophone cas de la RD. Congo et de l’Angola (article sous presse); Biographie des acteurs de la transition en RD. Congo/2003-2006 (contribution) publié par le Musée Royal de Tervuren en 2006. Comme domaines d’intérêt, il s’intéresse à la sociologie politique avec comme thématique de recherche, les relations entre la religion et le pouvoir politique; mais également à l’Anthropologie politique avec les questions relatives aux rapports entre la parenté et le pouvoir. 

Catherine KELLY – clkelly@fas.harvard.edu
Harvard University (USA)
I am a Ph.D. candidate in Harvard University’s Department of Government. My dissertation, "Party-Building in Africa: Senegal's Party Proliferation in Comparative Perspective," theorizes the formation, coalition-building strategies, and durability of political parties in Senegal and other competitive authoritarian regimes. My work has appeared in the Journal of Democracy, Electoral Studies, and on blogs of the Council of Foreign Relations and the Social Science Research Council. Fluent in French and advanced in Wolof, I did 15 months of dissertation fieldwork in Senegal with a Foreign Language and Area Studies grant and funding from Harvard's Weatherhead Center. I have also worked in the State Department’s Africa Bureau, at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, and for the African Legislatures Project (in Senegal’s National Assembly). In 2007, I was a Fulbright Scholar at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and in 2006 I received a B.A. summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis.

Jason KLOCEK – jklocek@berkeley.edu
University of California, Berkeley (USA)
Jason Klocek is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley with research interests in international security, insurgency and counterinsurgency, religious violence, and post-conflict reconstruction. His dissertation explores how states respond to religiously motivated insurgencies and what influence these strategic choices have on conflict outcomes. Additional projects investigate the role of religious rituals and practices in sustaining insurgency organizations and how trust in religious institutions affects individual propensity to forgive ex-combatants in post-conflict societies. Prior to his move to the west coast, Jason received his M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University (2009) and his B.A in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame (2003). He also holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley (2010). From 2003 to 2005, he served with the U.S. Peace Corps in Yolöten, Türkmenistan.

Aikande KWAYU – aikande.kwayu@gmail.com
BUMACO Ltd (Tanzania)
Aikande Kwayu’s research interests are on the role of religion in politics and policy making. She particularly focuses on the role of religion in international development policies (faith and development). Her PhD from the University of Nottingham UK (2012) analysed the relationship between the UK government and faith groups: the case of international development policies between 1992 and 2011. She is currently based in Tanzania and continues to research on the same areas of faith and development. Her current projects include 'the relationship between the Tanzanian government and churches: the case of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) between the Ministry of Health &Social Welfare and Lutheran Church Hospitals in Tanzania. After completion of that project, Kwayu plans are to analyse the role of Tanzania's interfaith networks in policymaking and peace maintenance.

Tapiwa Praise MAPURANGA – mapspraise@yahoo.com
University of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe)
Tapiwa Praise Mapuranga (PhD) is a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe. She teaches in the area of religion and gender. She attained her PhD from the University of Zimbabwe in the area of religion and gender. She has travelled extensively within the region and internationally to attend conferences to places such as Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa and Senegal, Norway, Geneva and Germany. Her research interests are in the area of gender and sexualities. Some of her recent publications have included topics on gender and politics, gender and HIV and gender and music, among others. Amongst other current researches, she is working on religion, gender and politics in Zimbabwe.

Edmond VII MBALLA ELANGA – gressociales@gmail.com
Université de Yaoundé I (Cameroon)
Mballa Elanga Edmond VII est Assistant-chercheur et prepare une thèse en sociologie des religions au Département de Sociologie de l’Université de Yaoundé I avec pour thème: «Le pluralisme religieux au Cameroun: acteurs, stratégies et enjeux: essai de sociologie des religions». Il est par ailleurs membre l’AISLF, du CODESRIA et promoteur de l’Association Camerounaise des Sciences des Religions (ACSR). Il a participé à plusieurs manifestations scientifiques nationales et internationales: Colloque international de l’AIDLF, (Ouagadougou du 12 au 16 novembre 2012); Journée d’études internationales «genre et pentecôtisme» (Paris le 20 novembre 2012); Colloque pluridisciplinaire (Nantes du 25 au 26 Mars 2011); Institut santé, politiques et société en Afrique du CODESRIA (Dakar du 7 au 25 février 2011), Université d’été de L’AISLF-AUF (Lausanne; du 19-26 juin 2010), etc. Voir son CV et publication sur le Blog: www.mballaelanga.canalblog.com.

Hassan NDZOVU – ndzovuhassan@hotmail.com 
Freie University Berlin (Germany)
Hassan J. Ndzovu is originally affiliated to the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Moi University, Kenya. Ndzovu has a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, and his dissertation project was entitled, “Religion and Politics: A Critical Study of the Politicization of Islam in Kenya.” The study examined the relationship between religion and politics, as reflected in the case of the Muslim community of Kenya. The study was concerned in showing the increasing politicization of Islam in Kenya crystallizing the growing process of radicalization of sections of the Kenya’s Muslims. Between 2010 and 2011 Ndzovu embarked on a book project, Muslims in Kenyan Politics: Political Involvement, Marginalization and Minority Status, to be published by the Northwestern University Press. Currently, he is still working on this book project, which the manuscript has been accepted for publication. The project examines the political engagement of Muslims in Kenya against the backdrop of their perceived marginalization and minority status. Presently, he is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the BGSMCS, Freie University Berlin, working on a research project, Mediated Sermons: Production, Women and Popular Themes of Muslim Preachers in Kenya. This study intends to explore how Muslim women preachers in Kenya through media tools of CD/DVD have succeeded to make themselves and their sermons visible in the Muslim public sphere. In particular the project intends to investigate on the processes of production and circulation of Muslim women sermons through spatial and social interaction, focusing on the CD/DVD as modes of transmission as well as generated discourses and popular themes from selected Muslim preachers. More so, extended spheres of religious authority and knowledge that permit expanded participation of Muslim women within the Islamic tradition is a theme that this study will address.

Yacouba OUÉDRAOGO – oued_yacofr@yahoo.fr
Université de Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
Ouédraogo Yacouba est né en 1975 à Ouagadougou au Burkina Faso. Il a fréquenté les cycles primaire, secondaire et supérieur dans cette même ville depuis 1981. Après le Baccalauréat en 1994, il a entamé des études au département d’histoire et archéologie sanctionnées par l’obtention d’une maitrise soutenue en 2000 et d’un diplôme de DEA en 2002. Après une rupture des études entre 2003 et 2010 pour des raisons professionnelles (carrière dans l’enseignement secondaire), il s’inscrit à l’Université de Ouagadougou en thèse de doctorat d’histoire africaine. Ouédraogo Yacouba s’intéresse à l’histoire contemporaine et plus particulièrement aux questions religieuses. Son thème de recherche porte sur l’intégration socioprofessionnelle des arabisants au Burkina Faso de 1958 à 2010, une problématique qui implique à la fois des aspects sociaux, économiques, culturels et politiques.

Taiwo OWOEYE – owoeyetaye@yahoo.co.uk
Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti (Nigeria)
Taiwo Owoeye is presently a lecturer in Economics at the Department of Economics, Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria (formerly University of Ado Ekiti, Nigeria). He earned a B.Sc (Hons) in Economics from the same university in 1997. He later earned his M.Sc in Economics and Statistics from University of Benin in 2004. He earned his PhD in Economics in 2010 specializing in Development Economics. His area of research interest includes how institutions have defined and affected development in Africa through political, social, economic and religious organizations. He has published numerous papers in reputable international and local journals in this area. He has attended numerous local and international conferences in this area. He has more than a decade of experience teaching both graduate and undergraduate students. He is a member of the Nigerian Economic Society and Scottish Economic Society.

Baholy Malala RAVONISON – lala_rohamah@yahoo.fr
Université d'Antananarivo (Madagascar)
Baholy Malala A. Ravonison, de nationalité malgache, est née dans la province d’Antananarivo, Madagascar. Elle a fait ses études primaires et secondaires dans des écoles de confession chrétienne avant d’entrer à l’Université publique. Elle s’est inscrite au Département de Langue et Lettres malgaches, Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines, et y a obtenu le Diplôme de Maitrise –es- Lettres. Elle a choisi de se spécialiser en Anthropologie à l’entrée en Doctorat du troisième cycle en choisissant comme centres d’intérêt l’anthropologie des religions et l’anthropologie de l’art en liaison avec l’anthropologie politique du Nord-Ouest de Madagascar. Lors de la célébration du 175è anniversaire de la Bible malgache en 2010, elle a écrit une communication sur les relations difficiles entre les religions traditionnelles, le christianisme et l’islam. Toujours en 2010, à l’occasion du cinquantenaire de l’indépendance de Madagascar, elle a soumis en collaboration un article sur la célébration de ce cinquantenaire dans une communication intitulée: «Célébration du cinquantenaire de l’indépendance de Madagascar: entre larmes et effervescence ». À partir de là, une ouverture sur le continent africain s’est opérée grâce à: un atelier sur «Competition and Cooperation in African Religions» à Bamako- Mali en 2012, et un autre atelier sur «The critical study of religious diversity in Africa –empirical and theoretical perspectives» à Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso en Février- Mars 2013. Depuis 2008, elle est membre actif du Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Patrimoine Transformations Sociales -Transculturalité tout en étant responsable de la gestion des avoirs de l’institution. Elle se trouve actuellement dans la phase finale de la rédaction de la thèse intitulée «Cultes royaux et antsa «chants» sakalava du Marambitsy –Nord-Ouest de Madagascar: Quand le religieux et le social servent le politique».

Luqman SAKA – sakaluqman@unilorin.edu.ng
University of Ilorin (Nigeria)
Luqman Saka has his first and second degree in Political Science from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He bagged his doctorate degree in International Studies from the Northern University of Malaysia in 2011. Dr Luqman was a 2011 fellow of the Institute of Federalism, University of Fribourg summer programme on Federalsm, Decentralization and Conflict Resolution where he was awarded a Diploma (Summer Cum Laude). Dr Luqman was also a 2009 fellow of SEPHIS-SEASREP III Alternative Research Methodology Workshop and a 2007 fellow of CODESRIA Governance Institute. Dr Luqman is affiliated to the University of Ilorin, Nigeria where he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Political Science and International Relations. His area of academic interest is in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies, Federal Studies and International Relations and he has published in reputable local and international outlets in these areas.

Léon SAMPANA – sampana_leon@hotmail.com
Université Ouaga II / Université de Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso)
Léon Sampana est titulaire d'un doctorat en sciences politiques et sociales de l'Université de Namur, d'un master en droits de l'Homme de l'Académie Louvain (Université de Namur, Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis de Bruxelles, Université Catholique de Louvain) et d'un Diplôme d'Études Approfondies (master) en droit public et science politique de l'Université Ouaga II. Spécialiste des questions de sécurité et des droits de l'Homme, ses recherches actuelles portent sur la problématique des relations civilio-militaires dans les pays en démocratisation.

Adrienne VANVYVE – advvyve@ulb.ac.be
Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgique)
Adrienne Vanvyve est doctorante en Anthropologie politique au sein du Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgique). Avant d’entreprendre une thèse, elle a été diplômée d’un Bachelier et Master en Anthropologie ainsi que d’un Master en Relations internationals (Mondialisation et politiques publiques) de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles. Ses recherches actuelles portent sur les dynamiques politiques et relieuses au Burkina Faso. Plus précisément, son étude s’attarde sur l’engagement militant des femmes musulmanes à Ouagadougou depuis l’indépendance du pays.

Shirley DE VILLIERS – shirley.devilliers@up.ac.za
University of Pretoria (South Africa)
Shirley de Villiers holds a BA (Hons) and MA in International Studies from Rhodes University in South Africa. After graduating, she worked as an editor and journalist in the South African media for a number of years before deciding to return to her studies. Shirley currently lectures in the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Pretoria, South Africa, where she is also reading for her DPhil in Political Science. Her research focus is on identity and violence in Africa; on how the ways in which people label themselves and others can be used to legitimise violence against non-combatant members of “the other”.