Topic: African Politics, Economy and Conflict

Thesis timeframe: 2018–2020
Application deadline: 18 Oct 2017


​There are vast gaps in the histories of African countries which can be attempted addressed using traditional historiographical methods such as archival research and collection of oral sources. But, African studies are often multi-disciplinary and there are also opportunities for using new and innovative methods inspired by the social sciences. Prospective master topics on the history of African states, civil-military relations and the history of conflicts and peace processes is particularly welcome.

The topic is thematically connected to proposals currently pending with the Research Council of Norway, called 'African armies and the consolidation of authoritarianism (AfriCon)', 'The Impact of Security Force Assistance on State Fragility (SFAssist)', and 'Popular Culture and War since 2001 (POPWAR)'.