West Africa Discussion Group
In the West Africa Discussion Group Uppsala-anthropologists focus on issues related to identity, politics and the state in local arenas in West Africa. The group consists of lecturers, researchers and PhD-students of the department, but is simultaneously connected to networks of scholars in Europe and West Africa. The West Africa Discussion Group hosts workshops and guest lectures.
Several individual research projects form part of the West Africa Discussion Group. Sten Hagberg's work focuses on a wide range of issues in Burkina Faso, including ethnicity and associational life, as well as decentralization and local democracy. Sita Zougouri's research on forest management and local power is another strand. Gabriella Körling's research on perceptions and imagination of the State in Niger looks in to the school and the health station as privileged sites of observation. Jesper Bjarnesen studies youth and mobility among Ivoirians returning to Burkina Faso, the country of origin of their parents. Ulrika Andersson Trovalla focuses on medicine and politics in Jos, Nigera. Mats Utas's research on youth and war in Liberia and Sierra Leone is another focus.
The West Africa Discussion Group also includes master students who did Minor Field Study, such as Ulrik Jennische's study on perceptions of democracy in Ghana, Katrina Bergander's study on dirt and cleanliness in a rural municipality of Mali, and Josefine Lindström's work on memory of the translatlantic slave in the cultural heritage of Gorée Island in Senegal.
Current master students working in West Africa include Nina Miller's study of daily encounters between HIV/AIDS-positive teenage mothers' and health care and health care personnel in a municipality in Burkina Faso and Aîda Sanogo's study of people who have been resettled after the inondations in Ouagadougou on 1 September 2009.
While the research focus on West Africa is growing, many public activities of the group are now channelled in the research group on Democratic Culture and Local Development in Africa.