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.


“The innocent spy who came in from the cold: Fieldwork in the Sahel and self-reflexivity”, Vincent Favier

“Being a Muslim and a researcher: conducting research in a context of religious competition”, Bello Adamou

“A “Yovo” Historian in Benin and Togo: Conducting Fieldwork in Times of Pandemic and Fears of Jihadism Spreading”, Dr. Frederick Madore

“‘Who is your father? What family do you belong to?’ and ‘Patience, I’ll call you back!’: Researching Islam and Muslim Life in Contemporary Sahel”,

Dr. Abdoulaye Sounaye

La religion à la première personne : de la prédication Salafi à l’action Jihadi

“Religion, circulations et migrations dans les Afriques”, animé par Marie Miran, Alice Degorce, et Sophie Bava. Cette conférence revient sur la question de la subjectivité dans la formation, l’expression, l’expérience et la mobilisation de la religiosité en contexte musulman. Elle introduira une lecture des modes de mobilisation Salafi à travers la prédication (sermon, wazu) et l’action jihadi qui investit un champ socio-politique dont elle veut transformer les normes et les valeurs. Ce processus insiste sur la subjectivation et promeut un mouvement qui va de la simple idée à l’action transformatrice. Deux cas illustratifs seront examinés : Aboubakar Shekau et Mohammed Yusuf, tous deux de l’organisation djihadiste Boko Haram.

Projecting Life: Boko, Learning and Religiosity on a University Campus in West Africa

On April 26, 2021, Dr. Abdoulaye Sounaye gave a public talk on “Projecting Life: Boko, Learning and Religiosity on a University Campus in West Africa”, as part of the Walter Rodney lecture series organized by the African Studies Center at the Boston University.