Pieter de la Court building
Research in social sciences and humanities is about humans, and social processes. When these are entangled in difficult situations this will have an effect on the researcher, by Prof. Dr. Mirjam de Bruijn, Leiden University.
The itineraries of people in Chad and Mali, both countries with histories of conflict and crisis, did not leave researchers Boukary Sangaré and Souleymane Abdoulaye Adoum untouched. They lived through the stories of their informants and were touched by it in such a way that they started to understand the process of radicalization through which the informants went.
Souleymane and Boukary are both authors of chapters of the book ‘Biographies of Radicalization, Hidden Messages of Social Change’. The book questions if radicalization as a process is not a necessary condition for social change that is so necessary in many countries in Africa.
The film, entitled “Hope-less”, is an elaboration of interviews with Souleymane and Boukary and was made to nuance the generally accepted image of radicalization in the Sahel. The film was made by Sjoerd Sijsma.