Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

African Studies Brown Bag Series: Dr. Laurent Fourchard

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African Studies Brown Bag Series: Dr. Laurent Fourchard
"To Be a Citizen: Certificates of Indigeneity and Exclusion in Contemporary Nigeria." A conversation.
December 12, 2016 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
208 Knox Hall (606 W. 122nd St.)

The Institute of African Studies presents the African Studies Brown Bag Series, a new lunchtime series of discussion on contemporary issues of African thought. The series welcomes all for presentations by scholars of African studies followed by open discussion and discourse among all attendees. Lunch will be provided.

Our fourth session welcomes Dr. Laurent Fourchard, Director of Research at Sciences Po Bordeaux as well as a researcher with the Centre de Recherches Internationales (Center for International Research) and the Fondation National de Sciences Politiques (National Foundation for Political Science). He will speak on recent fieldwork in Lagos and Jos examining the sociopolitical effects of Nigeria's unique system of certificates of origin.

For a copy of Dr. Fourchard's paper, please e-mail Halimat Somotan at

Dr. Laurent Fourchard's research is located at the intersection of African history and African politics and his interests focus on urban comparative research, violence and exclusion, citizenship and process of identification in Nigeria and South Africa. Through history and political sociology, Dr. Fourchard examines everyday practices of security, origins, xenophobia, and violence and the ways they manifest in Africa's cities.