Paulien Broens

Doctoral Student Max Planck Research Group

Main Focus

  • History of responses against colonial regimes by women in West Africa
  • Interdisciplinary endeavours centred around anthropology, history, gender studies, African studies and legal theory
  • Comparative law on both intra- and inter-cultural levels

Curriculum Vitae

2019 – 2021
MRes in Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
Thesis title: Gendering knowledge: an ethnographic case study of the Iya Oba in Southwestern Nigeria.

2018 – 2019
MA in African Studies at University of Ghent, Belgium.
Thesis Title: Writing women back into history – an anthropological perspective on endogenous and exogenous factors of medicinal and female powers in Busiya chiefdom (Tanzania).

2018
Fieldwork project in Shinyanga, Northern Tanzania, with VLIR-UOS Travel Grant.

2015 – 2018
BA in African Languages and Cultures with a minor in Globalisation and Diversity at University of Ghent, Belgium.
Thesis title: Positionality and the debate about the impact of colonialism on gender among the Yoruba – a contextual analysis of Oyewumi’s The Invention of Women.

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