Workshop I: University of Cape Coast | Ghana 3rd–12th December 2022
Workshop II: Zeppelin University | Germany 26th–30th April 2023
Workshop III: Bayimba Centre for Visual and Performing Arts | Uganda 26th August–3rd September 2023
The concept of culture occupies an increasingly important place in international discourses on sustainable development. This underlines the relevance of developing culture- and context-specific approaches. The focus on the cultural dimension of development and transformation processes, which is based on the recognition of local identities and grassroots participation, thus promotes multidimensional development, which was already stated at the UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policy in Mexico City in 1982 (Stupples 2014). The approach followed aims to enable a form of development and transformation that "goes beyond mere economic growth and integrates all dimensions of life and all energies of a community whose members must all share in the economic and social transformation efforts and in the benefits of the resulting outcomes" (Torggler et al. 2015: 6, own translation). Accordingly, the cultural dimension of development becomes a key approach.
Especially in social and political conflict situations, the role of culture is considered highly relevant. In northern Nigeria, the terrorist group Boko Haram (the term literally means "Western education is forbidden") has been destroying villages and towns since 2009, targeting institutions, such as universities, that they believe promote Western education. Universities can therefore resist and help build sustainable peace.
The project ‚Advanced Training in Co-Creating Avenues for Culture and Sustainable Development’ aims to provide postdoctoral researchers and graduates in cultural sciences from West Africa with professional competencies for solving development-relevant issues in the field of culture and development (including the Sustainable Development Goals). The transfer of academic knowledge into practice is also promoted with a focus on local cultural community projects. A further goal is the acquisition of competencies of the postdoctoral researchers from West Africa in academic soft skills, especially with regard to pedagogical methods and the development and application of international research proposals.
In three eight-day training events in Ghana (2022), Germany (2023) and Uganda (2023), 15 selected postdoctoral researchers, graduates and alumni of the SDG Graduate School „Performing Sustainability: Cultures and Development in West Africa“ will be taught comprehensive skills in the area of culture and development. The three training workshops will consist of theoretical and practical sessions as well as excursions to transfer academic knowledge into practice. Further training on soft skills (e.g. university didactics, online teaching, transcultural skills) is an additional part of the program. Through mutual knowledge transfer in South-South, South-North and North-South dialogues, both regional and international networking is implemented and development-relevant issues are examined from different perspectives. Experts in interdisciplinary fields (cultural studies, cultural policy, art, transformation and conflict studies, research methods, soft skills) from Germany, Europe, West and East Africa teach specific teaching units.
University of Cape Coast - Ghana
Amos Darkwa Asare is a lecturer in the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Cape Coast. He holds a Ph.D. (cotutelle) in Ethnomusicology and Cultural policy from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and the University of Hildesheim, Germany. Amos is a researcher, a pedagogue, and a performer. Currently, Amos’ research interest is in cultural policy for the performing arts on the one hand and policy implications for indigenous musical healing rituals in Ghana on the other hand.
University of Maiduguri - Nigeria
Naomi Andrew Haruna is currently a Lecturer with the department of Visual and Performing Arts University of Maiduguri, with a PhD in Cultural Sustainability. She holds a master’s degree in Advertising and Marketing from Coventry University, UK, and a bachelor’s degree in Creative Arts with a specialisation in Graphics from University of Maiduguri. As a cultural enthusiast Naomi is combining her training in Creative Arts, Advertising with passion for cultural sustainability on the use of culturally based visual representations for the promotion of peace and harmony amongst Internally Displaced Person’s in Northeast Nigeria. Her research interests include Peace Media, Cultural Sustainability, Development Communication and Gender Studies.
Benue State University - Nigeria
Dr. Shadrach Teryila Ukuma has been teaching Theatre and Cultural Studies at Benue State University, Nigeria since 2013. His doctoral thesis focused on the utilitarian role of songs, dance and drama in the management of collective trauma amongst displaced person in Daudu community of Benue State, Nigeria. In 2021, Dr. Ukuma won the Würth Foundation Global South Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cultural Management and taught International Cultural Management at the Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences, Campus Künzelsau, Germany, in the Winter Semester of 2021. He has also given invited lectures at the Universities of Warwick (UK), Bielefeld and Hildesheim (Germany). Presently, Shadrach is researching the role of cultural performance in the wellbeing of aged rural women in Benue. He is also conceptualising a research project on the role of cultural performances in enhancing transcultural processes between West African migrants and Germans. His co-edited volume Re-centering Cultural Performance and Orange Economy in Post-colonial Africa: Policy, Soft Power and Sustainability published by Palgrave MacMillan was released to the public in September 2022 with the paperback edition scheduled to be released in November 2022. Shadrach’s research interests include Cultural Performance, Cultural Management, Transculturality, Cultural Entrepreneurship, and Cultural Sustainability. Since 2015, Dr. Ukuma has been serving as the Director of Kyegh Sha Shwa Cultural Festival (www.kyeghshashwa.org) which he co-founded.
University of Bamenda - Cameroon
Dr. Alasambom Nyingchuo is an Assistant lecturer of Theatre, Television and Film Studies at the University of Bamenda, Cameroon; and a Cultural Sustainability consultant. He is an actor, writer, filmmaker; and the current Secretary General of the Cameroon Film Industry (CFI) organization. He is currently a Post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh, within the framework of the research program “Decolonizing the digital”. His research interests include Digital Technologies and the Arts, Theatre and filmmaking practices in Cameroon and Africa, Popular Culture, Applied Drama, Cultural Policy, Arts Management, Cultural Diplomacy, Cultural Sustainability, Community Development, Facilitative Leadership and Cultural Political Economy.
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University of Maiduguri - Nigeria
Susan B. Tanwie is currently a PhD scholar at the Centre for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Sustainability, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, under a DAAD sponsored project,‘Performing Sustainability’ Cultures and Development in West Africa. Her PhD thesis is in thearea of Reconstructing Dislocated Cultural Memories through Video for Transformation amongstDisplaced Children in Maiduguri, Nigeria. She obtained an M.A in Cultural Sustainability fromthe same institution, under the same scholarship program. Susan’s B.A was in the field ofPerforming and Visual Art. From her academic background she has developed keen interest inArt Education, while focusing her research and professional career in the area of Conflicttransformation, Cultural Sustainability and Displacement/Migration, Creative peacebuilding,Theatre and Video for Transformation Community Art-based Education/Engagement. Her zealtowards Cultural sustainability and community engagement prompted her action to start andmanage a Nongovernmental Organisation where she carters for the needs of women and protectchildren from exploitation and abuse while at the same time provide psychosocial support tothese vulnerable and marginalized groups through the use of art and cultural innovative interventions.
University of Cape Coast – Ghana
Bello Madinatu (PhD) is currently a lecturer of performing arts at the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. She read Theatre Studies both at the undergraduate and master degree levels and majored in Arts Management and Theatre for Development respectively. She read Music Education for her doctoral studies where she explored collaborative strategies for building and sustaining the arts market in the Cape Coast metropolis of Ghana. She is a DAAD alumna and currently, a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) for the African Humanities Program (AHP). Her research interest comprises academia/industry collaboration, arts management and marketing, cultural entrepreneurship and arts intermediaries within the broad framework of creative economy. She has contributed to a number of peered-reviewed papers and book chapters in and across disciplines in the humanities and the natural sciences. She is currently researching into ‘female’ master drummers in the performance of gender, decoloniality and sustainability in Ghana.
University of Maiduguri - Nigeria
Dr. Zainab Musa Shallangwa is a Lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. She holds a Binational doctoral degree from the University of Hildesheim, Germany and the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. So far, her research interests are on cultural change, cultural memory, museum and heritage issues, migration and forced displacement. Zainab is a fellow of the DAAD MuseumsLab, a postdoctoral fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies/Africa Humanities Program (ACLS/AHP), and the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), Germany, respectively.
University of Maiduguri - Nigeria
Aliyu Yakubu Abdulkadirgrew up in Jos, Nigeria. He studied accountancy at the Plateau State Polytechnic, and later graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in English from the Gombe State University. His B.A. project analyzed the depiction of social violence in the poetry of Hyginus Ekwuazi and was supervised by the eminent paremiologist, Professor Nereus Yerima Tadi. Aliyu teaches in the Department of English and Literary Studies at the Federal University, Kashere. His writings have appeared in journals and his debut poetry collection, The Banquet was published in 2017. He studied M.A. in Literature-in-English at the University of Jos. Aliyu M.A. in Cultural Sustainability in the Centre for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Sustainability at the University of Maiduguri. He is a member of a number of professional bodies including Society of Nigerian Theatre Artists (SONTA), Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), and Nigerian Association of Evaluators (NAE). He plans to do start a PhD in Development Communication (Theatre Arts) soon. He works freelance as an editor and copywriter, and is taking his new passion for photography more seriously. He Aliyu looks forward to growth in a career that combines teaching and research with humanitarian and development work, as well as the advancement of ethics in Nigeria.
Ms. Lydia Amoah is a Doctoral Candidate of African Studies at the University of Ghana. She has a Masters in African Studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts. Her research interests are in Gender, cultures and development, sexuality studies and Gender and sports in Africa. Her doctoral thesis is titled Akan Queenmothers and Conflict Resolution in Ghana, A Study of the Asantehemaa’s Court explores customary arbitration performed by women. Specifically, how Akan queenmothers use their customary courts for grassroots dispute prevention, resolve disputes and contribute to peace building in their communities. In between her academic pursuits, Lydia was a Teaching Assistant (2013- 2015) and a Graduate Assistant (2019-2021) at the Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy, University of Ghana. Lydia enjoys teaching, research, travelling, playing badminton, and reading (auto) biographies.
University of Cape Coast - Ghana
Dr. Sabina Appiah-Boateng has a background in psychology and holds cotutelle PhD qualifications in Development Studies from the University of Hildesheim, Germany and University of Cape Coast, Ghana. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Department of Peace Studies, University of Cape Coast. She is the Ghanaian Coordinator of the SDG Graduate School, “Performing Sustainability. Cultures and Development in West Africa. Her areas of interest in research include gender studies, mental health, rural development, migration, Fulbe social network and politics, famer-herder conflicts, and peace and development. She is a promising young scholar who has researched on a variety of topics, including conflict and framing, anxiety, depression, catastrophizing thoughts, post-traumatic stress disorder, coping in conflict areas, conflict management, mothering experiences in conflict areas, women and conflict, Ghana’s peace architecture, migration among others. Her knowledge motivates her to empower women in farming communities who are experiencing conflicts. She teaches on ethnicity, inequalities, and conflicts as well as rural development, gender studies, chieftaincy and land resource management, sociology and economics of conflict, and research methodologies. She has received awards and grants from the German Academic exchange Services (DAAD), USAID, Next Generation of Social Sciences in Africa (SSRC), African Humanities Program (AHP), and University of Cape Coast.
University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani – Ghana
Prisca Ama Anima is a lecturer at the University of Energy and Natural Resources-Sunyani at the department of Geography and Sustainability Sciences. She handles courses in areas of sustainability such as environmental sustainability, cultural geography, poverty and sustainable livelihood Analysis, human health and sustainable development. Her research interests are in the area of livelihoods, sustainability, environmental management and development. Currently, she is researching into drinking water accessibility around Dormaa Ahenkro and its environment as well as littering situation in Adum-Kumasi, Ghana.
Yobe State University, Nigeria
Lawan Cheri is the head of the Department of Public Administration Federal Polytechnic Damaturu and a Visiting Senior Lecturer at Yobe State University. She also serves as Deputy Director of Open, Distance and Flexible eLearning of the Polytechnic. He is a Political Scientist with specialization in public administration and strong interest in conflict and migration studies. Lawan Cheri holds a PhD in Public Administration from a triadic collaborative project by the University of Hildesheim in Germany, University of Cape Coast in Ghana and University of Maiduguri in Nigeria. He is a member of the Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA), the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), Development Studies Association-UK, (DSA) Institute of Strategic Management (CISM) and the European Center for Research Training and Development (ECRTD).
Focusing on conflict and migration, he conducted Institutional assessment of Yobe State Local Governments’ recovery capacity in post conflict settings, which was sponsored by the Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project. He also conducted a research on Cross border small scale business by migrants between Nigeria and Niger Republic in the Katsina-Maradi border which was sponsored by the WEP. Lawan Cheri was the National consultant for Nigeria in a tripartite study on National Qualification Framework in the Nigeria, Ghana and Togo corridor which was sponsored by International Labour Organisation (ILO). Funded by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), he assessed the state of Security in Northeast Nigeria. He was Consultant to the Center for Democracy and Development (CDD) in a study on transitional Justice in Nigeria. Sponsored by the Swiss Sub-Saharan Africa Migration Network, Lawan Cheri studied the challenges facing migrants crossing Nigeria-Niger border en route to Europe. With funds from DAAD, he worked on the changing relationship between migrants and their hosts (from hosting to hostility) in Northeast Nigeria.
Research Training Group – DFG Freiburg, Germany
Chinwe Beneditte Ogbonna, is a researcher and PhD candidate in Political Science and Culture at the Research Training Group 2571 “Empires: Dynamic Change, Temporality and Post-Imperial Orders”, funded by the German Research Council (DFG) at University of Freiburg, Germany; where she will conduct an “Investigative Study of the Effect of Imperialism on the Indigenous Cultural Leadership Institution of Igbo in Eastern Nigeria”. With the support of DAAD German exchange programme, she graduated with a master’s degree in cultural sustainability at the SDG Graduate school, Centre for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Sustainability, University of Maiduguri, Borno State Nigeria, where she studied the “Psychosocial Well-Being and Coping Strategies of Females Living in Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons Camp (IDP) in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria”. She obtained her BA in History and International Relations at Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria. She believes that it behoves people sharing the global space, to create and bequeath a better and sustainable global space for future beneficiaries. Chinwe’s determination and innovative approach to problem solving engenders an atmosphere for fresh ideas, dynamic thinking, and also, an inspiration to her peers. Her research of interests thematically revolves around international relations, politics, culture, conflict, poverty, violence against women, gender equality, gender in peacebuilding and Sustainable Development Goals, Agenda 2030.
University of Maiduguri - Nigeria
Dr. Yusuf Lawal Umar is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the University of Maiduguri. Dr. Umar was born in 1968 in the Ancient Town of Harbo Sabuwa, Jahun Local Government Area, Jigawa State, where he attended Harbo Sabuwa Central Primary School. He temporarily moved to Maiduguri, Borno State where he attended Government Arabic Teachers College for Grate II Certificate in 1986. Thereafter, Dr. Umar was admitted to the University of Maiduguri where he obtained Diploma in Social Works in 1996, B.Sc. Sociology and Anthropology in 2003 and Masters in Industrial and Labour Relations (MILR) in 2009.
Dr. Umar’s expedition for knowledge moved him to the University of Jos where he obtained Masters of Science (M.Sc.) in Sociology in 2015 before he travelled to Germany to bag a PhD in Cultural Sustainability at the University of Hildesheim in 2020.
Dr. Umar served with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as an editor of an End-Line and Base-Line Surveys in Gombe State; UNDP Borno State Policy as rapporteur; A. B. Chami Company as Clark Officer; Federal College of Education Technical, Gombe as a lecturer; Consultancy Services of the University of Maiduguri as visiting lecturer; HADCON Education Centre, Maiduguri (HECMA) as an Examination Officer; Yobe State University, Damaturu as an Assistant Lecturer; Borno State Action Against Hunger Committee on HIV/AIDs as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer on a project on Prevention from Mother to Child Transmission Care (PMCTC)
Dr. Umar has written and presented more than 50 different academic and poly papers at conferences, workshops, seminars and doctoral colloquium. More than 26 papers have already been published in national and international journals and books. Dr. Umar is happily married and blessed with five children.
University of Education, Winneba - Ghana
Adam Osman [PhD] is a lecturer at the University of Education, Winneba-Ghana. He holds a PhD in Geography and Regional Planning from the University of Cape Coast with support from the DAAD-Performing Sustainability, Cultures and Development in West Africa. His research interest are in environmental sustainability, geospatial sciences and disaster risk management. Adam Osman has more than ten years’ experience in teaching and research and used to work with several local and international organisations on diverse projects related to spatial planning, coastal zone management, disaster risk modelling, sustainable agriculture and livelihoods, malaria supply chain mapping, geospatial infrastructure management. [Examples: Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM-CRC), Spatial Approach: Infrastructure planning in Ghana (World Bank-Ghana), Spatial Mapping of Conflicts in Ghana (UNDP & SDS), Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP-USAID), Mid-Term Feed the Future Survey (METSS-USAID), etc.] He has authored over twenty peer-reviewed publications and over six technical reports [Adams Osman (PhD) - Google Scholar]. Adams Osman is open minded, willing to learn new concepts and collaborate on issues related to planning, environment and disaster management.