Barbara Casciarri

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I had my Ph.D in Ethnology and Social Anthropology from the EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) in Paris. Since 2004 I amAssociate Professorat the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University Paris 8 (France), and member of the LAVUE (UMR 7218). My main researches has focused on political, economic and environmental anthropology issues among pastoral Arab-speaking groups of Sudan (1989–2019) and among Berber-speaking pastoralists and Arab-speaking farmers in South-Eastern Morocco (2000–06).

I was the coordinator of the CEDEJ (Centre d’Etudes et Documentation Economique et Juridique) in Khartoum between 2006 and 2009. Since thirty years, Sudan is my main research field, where I conducted fieldworks in rural contexts (Butana and Eastern region, Southern Kordofan, White Nile) and urban neighborhoods of Greater Khartoum (Dyum Ash-Shargiya, Idd Babiker).

I am interested in the study of sociocultural change dynamics among rural and urban groups of the “Global South”, through perspectives of socio-spatial and environmental inequalities, processes of identities’ reconfiguration, representations and practices about “nature” and the relation between human groups and their environments.

Since 2010 I developed pedagogical activities in “fieldwork sessions” for undergraduate students at University Paris 8, and since 2015 I coordinate Master students’ fieldwork training on “urban natures” in the outskirts of Paris. In 2015 I was part of the teaching staff of the “French-Sudanese Autumn School (Master/PhD). Approaches and methods of social sciences fieldwork inquiry on inequalities » (Khartoum 24-31 October) (CEDEJ-Khartoum, University Paris 8, University of Khartoum). I supervised several Master and PhD thesis on environmental anthropology in Sudan and elsewhere.

I am responsible for the French partner of the Scientific Agreement between University Paris 8 and University of Khartoum (since 2009), and Team Leader of the CliMigra_Form project.


Casciarri Barbara & Ahmed M. Abdelghaffar (eds). 2009. “Pastoralists under-pressure in Present Day Sudan”, special issue Nomadic Peoples, 13, 1.

Casciarri Barbara & Van Aken Mauro (eds). 2013. “Anthropologie et eau(x)”, special issue Journal des anthropologues 132-133 [ ]

Casciarri Barbara, Assal M.A. Munzoul & Ireton François (eds). 2015. Multidimensional Change in Sudan 1989–2011: Reshaping Livelihoods,Conflicts and Identities, Oxford/NY, Berghahn Books [ ]

Casciarri Barbara & Babiker Mohamed A. (eds). 2018. Anthropology of Law in Muslim Sudan. Land, Courts and the Plurality of Practices, Leiden, Brill, Leiden Studies in Islam and Society [ ].

Casciarri Barbara & Blanchon David (eds). 2019. L’accès à l’eau en Afrique. Vulnérabilités, exclusions, résiliences et nouvelles solidarités, Nanterre, Presses Universitaires de Paris Ouest, Collection « Espace et justice » [ ]

Casciarri Barbara & Staro Francesco (eds). 2019. “Water and Pastoralists. Social Contexts, Development in Practice and Resource Grabbing”, special issue Nomadic Peoples, 23, 2.

Casciarri Barbara, Franck Alice, Manfredi Stefano & Assal M.A. Munzoul (eds). 2020. “Soudan: identités en tension”, spécial issue Cahiers d’Etudes Africaines 240 []

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