A transnational research lab to strengthen anthropology

In 2018-19, Uppsala University's Forum for Africa Studies (Uppsala), the Institut des Sciences des Sociétés (Ouagadougou) and the Institut des Sciences Humaines (Bamako) jointly decided to create a mainly French-speaking research laboratory on engaged, comparative and transnational anthropology. Over many years the three institutions have developed bilateral agreements, and time was ripe to set up at joint research lab as a way to foster strong and dynamic research environments engaging with pertinent societal challenges.

The LACET operates "on a shoestring" (lacet=shoestring) with a minimal budget but maximum engagement! Visit our website (in French) here / Check our flyer here.

The Laboratoire d'anthropologie comparative, engagée et transnationale (LACET) builds on decades of joint-research and training activities, such as: 

​The LACET functions as an umbrella and academic framework, as to formalize and foster stronger bonds and better opportunities between researchers and institutions, while staying flexible and open to any collaboration with other actors.

The purpose is to strengthen research in the social sciences and the humanities, particularly the comparative, engaged and transnational anthropology in Africa or in relation to African issues, including the African Diaspora. For this, the LACET will act as an international research laboratory (Laboratoire Mixte International) called Le Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Comparative, Engagée et Transnationale.

Prepared since October 2018, the official launching of LACET took place oning Tuesday 17 March 2020 by kickstarting Le séminaire virtuel du LACET simultaneously in Bamako, Ouagadougou, and Uppsala. More information here This was just at the very beginning of the pandemic, and the coming years we developed virtual seminars in a wide range of formats.



Apply to participate in the Conference TOWARDS A DECOLONISATION OF KNOWLEDGES: HISTORY, ACTORS, AND PRODUCTIONS, 26-30 June 2024, Bamako, Mali. Click on the image


A preparatory field research workshop was hosted at the ISH 13-14 Jan 2023 (from left to right): Fatoumata Diabaté, Yaouaga Félix Koné, Fatoumata Fofana, Fatoumata Camara, Baba Coulibaly, N'gna Traoré, Almamy Sylla, and Amadou Diabaté. more info, click on the image


The name LACET was coined during a writing workshop in Léo, Burkina Faso, in October 2018, but the activities assembled in LACET dates back over the last decade and beyond. Participants of the October 2018 workshop were (from left to right): Ludovic Kibora, Yacouba Cissao, Siaka Gnessi, Mariatou Zongo, Amado Kaboré, Bintou Koné, Sten Hagberg, and Sidi Barry.


Bintou Koné, Adjara Konkobo and Yacouba CIssao during a preparatory workshop in Ouagadougou in March 2019.


LACET Coordinator Ludovic Kibora co-edited the book Rencontres religieuses et dynamiques sociales au Burkina Faso. More info, click on the image


Même pas peur! A double panel on ethnographies of security was hosted at the International Conference on Mande Studies, 2-6 August 2017, Grand Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire: Adjara Konkobo, Bintou Koné, Lamine Sanogo, Yaouaga Félix Koné, and Ludovic O. Kibora.



LACET promoting Engaged Anthropology


Launching of CITIZEN PERSPECTIVES IN MALI on Tuesday 17 Jan 2023, 9.00-14.00, at the Institut des Sciences Humaines in Bamako. More info, click on the image


The Embassy of Sweden in Mali has granted a new programme on Citizen Perspectives in Mali on 12 August 2022. It is led by Forum for Africa Studies in collaboration with the Institut des Sciences Humaines and the LACET/Mali. On the photo from the signing of the agreement (from left to the right): Désiré Ballo, Sten Hagberg, Richard Bomboma, and Altiné Coulibaly. More info, click on the image


Le séminaire virtuel du LACET


LACET members taking a selfie at the Ouaga workshop on 23 June 2022: Sten Hagberg, Amado Kaboré, Adjara Konkobo, Jocelyn Vokouma, Baba Coulibaly, Bintou Koné, and Eulalie Zongo, together with Transition MP Edwige Ninon Sankara-Yaméogo (in yellow).


The LACET co-hosts a workshop on engaged research and societal challenges in Ouagadougou on 23 June 2022. More info, click on the image


The LACET is founded by three institutions here represented by Sten Hagberg (Uppsala), Baba Coulibaly (Bamako), and Ludovic Kibora (Ouagadougou) in the patio of the Institut des Sciences Humaines in June 2019.


A central focus of the LACET is to strengthen young women researchers to pursue academic research. Here are four of our promising female researchers in August 2019: Adjara Konkobo, BIntou Koné, Pascaline Kaboré, and Eulalie Zongo.


LACET Coordination meeting in Bamako on 15 February 2020: Ludovic Kibora, Baba Couibaly, Siaka Gnessi, and Sten Hagberg


The study "Security from below in two Malian municipalities" led by Prof. Yaouaga Félix Koné and Prof. Sten Hagberg. More info, click on the image


Participants of the international workshop TRANSITION POLITIQUE ET GOUVERNANCE COMMUNALE EN AFRIQUE DE L'OUEST, Ouagadougou, April 2017.


Secuirty from below in Burkina Faso (2023). Click on the image


LACET's new issue of Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies on Female Leadership in Burkina Faso. More info click on the image.


Security from below in Burkina Faso is the most recent book produced by the LACET team. More info click on the image


The LACET publishes research results in joint publications, such as the Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies. More info, click on the image.


The study "Nothing will be as before" presents anthropological perspectives on political practice and democratic culture in Burkina Faso. More info, click on the image NB Full text in French is also available


In an anthropological study of two Malian municipalities security challenges seen from below are addressed. More info, click on the image


The French version of the Burkina Faso study on socio-political transformations. More info, click on the image