Édith Nabos


Research project

Nocturnal Fluidities: Navigating the urban night in Bobo-Dioulasso (working title)

As part of the project Doing the City: Socio-Spatial Navigation in Urban Africa this doctoral research intends to study the nocturnal landscape of Bobo-Dioulasso, the second-largest city in Burkina Faso, by tracing the nocturnal narratives, trajectories and fluidities which shape the city and its cartographies. Assuming that the flux of dwellers generates and spreads imageries as well as mental and bodily knowledge about the space, this empirical research aims to analyse the paths and intersections of night dwellers, which transgress urban social rhythms, spatial boundaries and temporal frontiers. How does nocturnal Bobo-Dioulasso emerge physically, spatially and mentally? How do local dwellers appropriate the space and experience opportunities and shadows of the nocturnal temporalities? How do they shape ephemeral but quotidian urban night spaces – and spatially and socially (re)territorialize the city?



2014 - 2017. MA African Studies, Universität Leipzig
MA Thesis: "Die Stadt schaffen von unten: Informelle Initiativen in der Peripherie Yaoundés". Field research and semester abroad at the Université Yaoundé I, Cameroon

2010 - 2014. BA International Studies, Université de Montréal, Canada


Research interests

African urbanism, urban anthropology, anthropology of space, postcolonial debates, gender studies, anthropology of the night, night studies, anthropology of emotions.