A transnational research lab to strengthen anthropology

The Forum for Africa Studies (Uppsala), the Institut des Sciences des Sociétés (Ouagadougou) and the Institut des Sciences Humaines (Bamako) have jointly decided to create a mainly Francophone research laboratory on engaged, comparative and transnational anthropology. Over the years the three institutions have developed bilateral agreements, and time is now 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 / Visiter notre site (en francais) ici. 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.

The official launching of LACET will take place on Tuesday 17 March 2020, 16.00-18.30 (15.00-17.30 GMT), when we kickstart Le séminaire virtuel du LACET simultaneously in Bamako, Ouagadougou, and Uppsala. More information here



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.


Le séminaire virtuel du LACET



LACET - A Research Lab for Engaged Anthropology


Welcome to the next French-speaking Séminaire virtuel du LACET, Tuesday 25/8, 16.00-18.30 by zoom. 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.


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