Vincent Favier

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Vincent Favier is a REMOBOKO Junior Research Fellow and a doctoral candidate at the  Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin. He holds an MA in African Studies (2015) from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and a BA in German Studies (2010) from Université Paris-III La Sorbonne Nouvelle. He shot his first ethnographic film entitled “Dunia ya Wagogo” (the World of the Wagogo) in 2015 in Tanzania.

The topic of his doctoral project is “Preaching and Teaching: Religiosity, Knowledge and Performance at the Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey, Niger”. This project focuses on religiosity and its manifestations among students and lecturers on the university campus of Niamey, Niger. It investigates how students and lecturers learn, teach, and communicate, in other words, how they interact at university while they live, experience and practice their religion every day. It also explores how certain lecturers and preachers perform their social role, respectively as academic and moral actors of this institution of higher education. This project will shed light on the ways Nigerien students engage with academic and religious life as they seek new avenues to succeed economically and socially in an adverse context. The concept of “Good Life” may be fruitful to grasp their strategies, hopes and dreams to become the future elites of the nation.

This project seeks to contribute to the anthropology of religion in contemporary West-Africa, focusing especially on Salafi and Pentecostal groups. These denominations are rather used to qualify broader religious trends that one would find on the campuses. The study approaches religious manifestations through the rubrics of “social performances”, “rhetoric” and “performativity” in order to interrogate the physical, visible, and audible means through which religion establishes itself on university campus. It also investigates how knowledge is appropriated, considered, passed on, utilized or contested in different settings from seminars to informal discussions. Which spaces does religion occupy or seek to pervade? How do religious practices shape campus life? Does religiosity affect academic practice and eventually reform or challenge the university?

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Blog Posts

  • REMOBOKO at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

    In this workshop, explicitly designed for doctoral candidates and postdocs, the Remoboko research team will present its work, and discuss the methodological difficulties associated with researching a sensitive topic from an ethnographic perspective. Finally, members of the team discuss the challenges of completing their PhDs within a research project. Presentations “The innocent spy who came … Continue reading “REMOBOKO at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg”

  • Journées de commémoration du mouvement historique du 9 février 1990

    Une certaine agitation règne sur la cité universitaire en ce matin du 09 février 2021. Nombreux sont les étudiants qui portent un T-shirt blanc floqué du logo de l’Union des Scolaires Nigériens (USN), et une inscription au dos : « 31ème anniversaire de la commémoration du mouvement historique du 09 février 1990 ». Trente et un ans plus tôt, les … Continue reading “Journées de commémoration du mouvement historique du 9 février 1990”

  • L’association chrétienne “Campus Pour Christ” accueille les nouveaux bacheliers

    Réunir les étudiants au-delà des dénominations de leurs églises, les accompagner à vivre leur foi et diffuser « le vrai message » du christianisme auprès de ses cibles tels sont, entre autres, les objectifs que s’est fixé le Campus Pour Christ (CPC) sur le campus de l’Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey, au Niger, un espace à dominante musulmane. … Continue reading “L’association chrétienne “Campus Pour Christ” accueille les nouveaux bacheliers”

  • “Allah liberates people from fire at each fast-breaking, each night”: Ramadan at the Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey

    A banner scrolls at the bottom of the TV screen during the news on Télé Sahel, Niger’s national channel: the thinnest moon crescent has been sighted in Zinder and Maradi, two major southern cities close to the Nigerian border and considered as cradles of Islam in Niger. The holy month of Ramadan is officially starting although … Continue reading ““Allah liberates people from fire at each fast-breaking, each night”: Ramadan at the Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey”

  • On the Tarmac, Waiting for Take-off

    It is unclear why and when people started naming this unspectacular place at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, like this. The tarmac is a flat, large, tree-lined and well asphalted parking space, that officially belongs to the adjoining Chapel of the Resurrection, traditionally dominated by Anglican and Methodist denominations. One would find the campus’ main … Continue reading “On the Tarmac, Waiting for Take-off”

  • La chorale universitaire de Niamey

    La chorale universitaire de Niamey a été fondée en octobre 2018. À l’origine du projet, Ezekiel a eu pour ambition de créer une chorale interreligieuse autour de valeurs telles que la paix et l’unité, sans pour autant véhiculer un message au contenu religieux. Trois défis se sont posés à lui : trouver les choristes, les … Continue reading “La chorale universitaire de Niamey”