Munzoul A.M. Assal

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I have a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Bergen, Norway. Currently Professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, University of Khartoum, and Dean of Scientific Research for the same university. Former Director of the Peace Institute for Research (UoK), I participated in the coordination of the Christian Michelsen Institute’s “Micro and Micro-issues of peace building in Sudan” Project (2005-2012) and am the Project Manager of the Norwegian Agency for International Development funded “Refugee Project”.

I participated in the Sudan Team of the ANR ANDROMAQUE project, Anthropology of Law in the African and Asian Muslim Worlds (2011-2015), and I have been the referent of the convention between the University of Paris 8 and the University of Khartoum since its beginning (2009) and until 2021.

My main research focus has been on issues of migration, forced displacement, refugees and diasporas, in Sudan, the Horn of Africa and Norway. My contribution to the CliMigraFrom project is based on my expertise on social issues related to mobility.


Assal M.A. Munzoul. 2003. Sticky Labels or Rich Ambiguities? Diaspora and Challenges of Homemaking for Somalis and Sudanese in Norway, Bergen, BRIC, University of Bergen.

Assal M.A., Munzoul & Manger, Leif. (eds) 2006Diasporas within and without Africa. Dynamism, Homogeneity, Variation, Uppsala, The Nordic African Institute.

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 [ ]

Assal, M.A. Munzoul & Abudljalil, A. Musa (eds). 2015Past, Present and Future: Fifty Years of Anthropology in Sudan, Bergen, Christian Michelsen Institute.  [ ]

Assal, M.A. 2018. “Ambiguous land ownership in Al-Salha, Omdurman: land grabbing or ‘business as usual’?”, in Casciarri, B. & Babiker, M.A. (eds), Anthropology of Law in Muslim Sudan. Land, Courts and the Plurality of Practices, Leiden, Leiden Studies in Islam and Society, Brill. [ ].

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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