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IAS-Guest: Dr. Lamine Doumbia

Dr. Lamine Doumbia, alumni of the University of Bayreuth, is a postdoctoral fellow of the German Historical Institute Paris (DHIP) within the framework of the transnational research group (TFG) "The Bureaucratisation of African Societies", based in Dakar at Centre de Recherche sur les Politiques Sociales (CREPOS). Mr Doumbia's research project examines "Land Governance and Bureaucratisation in Bamako, Ouagadougou and Dakar - Mimicry and Hybridisation of Logics".

This project echoes the themes of Lamine's earlier research, but adds an important aspect to the focus. Contrary to popular belief, it seeks to examine not only bureaucratisation on the part of the state, but also the bureaucratisations or bureaucratisation tendencies of those who engage with the state bureaucracy, so to speak. Furthermore, by analysing the use of bureaucratic technologies and digitalisation, Doumbia establishes a connection to Prof. Dr. Andrea Behrend's research profile "Lifeworlds in Crises". That is, in his project, Doumbia considers the urban land problem as part of the management of everyday crises in West Africa. From their perspective, diverse actors (individuals as well as federations, associations) use bureaucratic practices, official correspondences, social media and other digital technologies as creative forms of crisis management. In this context, he intends to write a research proposal for the acquisition of third-party funding under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Andrea Behrends.

He has taught at the University of Bamako, at the University of Bayreuth, at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, at the University of Sousse in Tunisia on behalf of the IAS, as well as at various other academic institutions.

Now he has gladly returned to Bayreuth because he has a deep connection to the university and the city of Bayreuth. Several research papers (articles, book and book chapters) by Mr Doumbia have been published in the series Tropics in Interdisciplinary African Studies by Rüdiger Köppe Verlag; Africa Spectrum; Modern Africa, among others.

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