Environmental justice, extraction and cultural resistance in Africa (Univ. Of Arizona & CNRS)


Environmental justice, extraction and cultural resistance in Africa

University of Arizona in partnership with the CNRS – Major societal challenges – France-Arizona Institute for Global Grand Challenges


As part of the launch of the very first International Research Center (IRC) of the CNRS, the University of Arizona and the CNRS are offering a doctoral scholarship for a student starting his thesis in 2022/2023. The selected student will join the research team of the “Environmental justice, extraction and cultural resistance in Africa” project.

The doctoral student who will join our team will be fully funded for a period of three years (AY 2022-2025) with an annual scholarship of up to $ 40,000, covering tuition, accommodation and research costs, and will receive an allowance covering travel costs up to $ 5,000 per year.


As our environment is increasingly threatened, literature and popular culture play an essential role in sensitizing communities and thus shifting the terms of the debate. The African peoples are not the only ones responsible for the ecological threats weighing on Africa, many environmental problems indeed result from colonial history and its consequences, especially with regard to mining. This project proposes to study environmental engagement on the part of African writers, artists and activists. The aim will be to show the role of culture and cultural expressions in ecological and environmental struggles and the mobilization of citizens on a continental scale.

The principal researchers working on the project are Dr Phyllis Taoua (UArizona) and Dr Xavier Garnier (THALIM, Sorbonne Nouvelle); they are assisted by Dr Aurélia Mouzet (UArizona) and Dr Elara Bertho (LAM, CNRS). The France-Arizona Institute for Global Grand Challenges will organize an annual conference during which the teams will present the progress of their research.

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Required diplomas: The candidate must have a Masters in one or more relevant disciplinary fields; have an excellent level of language in French and English (bilingual or mother tongue); be enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Arizona starting in fall 2022.


The application file includes a motivation letter with a detailed thesis project (1000 words), a CV and a transcript.

Send the documents in PDF format to Dr Phyllis Taoua (taoua@arizona.edu) and Dr Aurélia Mouzet (aureliam@arizona.edu).

Sending the file by email until February 15, 2022.


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