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Geoffrey I. Nwaka is Professor of History and former Dean of Postgraduate Studies at Abia State University (Uturu, Nigeria). He has a wide teaching and research experience in Nigeria, and he has been researcher and visiting scholar in Europe, Australia, and North America. His research interests focus on historical and contemporary urban issues, environmental protection, and African development. In 1990-1991, he served as Special Adviser to the Governor of Imo State of Nigeria, and he has several scholarly publications.
Fabio Viti (PhD EHESS, 1991) is Professor at Aix-Marseille Université (AMU) and member of the Institut des Mondes Africains (IMAF), UMR 8171 (CNRS) – UMR 232 (IRD). He has published numerous essays on the Baoulé of the Côte d’Ivoire and the books Il potere debole. Antropologia politica dell’Aitu nvle (Baule, Costa d’Avorio) (Milano, FrancoAngeli, 1998); Schiavi, servi e dipendenti. Antropologia delle forme di dipendenza personale in Africa (Milano, Raffaello Cortina, 2007); Travail et apprentissage en Afrique de l’Ouest (Sénégal, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo) (Paris, Karthala, 2013).
Tilman Musch is specialized in the ethnology of the Central Sahara. He works on pastoral nomadism, the anthropology of space and time, environmental change and the anthropocene, customary law and ethnobotany. He received his doctorate at the Institut National del Langues et Civilisations Orientales (PhD, 2008) with a thesis on Buryat nomadism. Since 2006, he has been working in the Sahel and the Sahara. From 2018-2020, he did research on customary law of the Tubu Teda, a project funded by Gerda Henkel Stiftung. He is based at Bayreuth University (Germany).
Catherine Baroin is a social anthropologist, now retired from the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Reasearch). Her studies focus on two very different African societies: Saharan desert nomads and East-African mountain farmers. The first is the Tubu, who herd their animals in the Sahara and Sahel in a very broad area from Niger to Sudan, and from Libya to Lake Chad. She later studied the Rwa (or Wameru) in Tanzania, who farm on Mount Meru, facing Mount Kilimanjaro. She is also much involved in the international scientific network “Mega-Chad”, created in 1984.