Publications in Bridging Humanities typically involve a joint partnership between academics and other knowledge producers, such as artists, journalists, activists etc. This leads to inspirational projects that proceed beyond the academic domain.

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Dissenting Voices: Challenging the Colonial System

This project discusses critical voices that have challenged the dominant colonial narrative in the context of the Dutch East Indies/Indonesia. The project combines journalistic and academic writing with musical performance and film making to amplify these voices and to analyse why they have long been ignored in the public and academic debate.

Being young in times of Duress in the Central African Republic

Project on youth experiences with violence and outcomes of reintegration programmes for children formerly associated with armed groups, in cooperation with UNICEF. Research reports, a documentary, individual film portraits, and a photo exposition are amongst the products that will feature in the e-publication.

Croquemort: A biographical journey in the context of Chad

A co-creative anthropological journey describing the biography in context of Didier Lalaye alias Croquemort, a slam artist and medical student from Chad. Through the concept of vital conjunctures the research shows how the life of Didier is influenced and connected to the broader social environment (ICT, youth developments, and politics in Chad). A multi-medial project in which the songs and performances of Croquemort play a key role.

Fruitful Roots: African Immigrants in Irish hip-hop (Connecting Dreams)

A short film and accompanying essay about three local hip-hop artists who were born in Africa, but raised in Ireland. The project analyses connectivity in the expression of the self through music. Fruitful Roots is Ruben’s first film project.

Kenya and Liberia during election times (Communication & Language in Africa)

Multi-media analysis of the use of language and communication during the recent elections in Kenya and Liberia, using the internet as the main domain of research. Including a radio programme, essays, animated video content and websites.

The voices of young people living with speech and hearing impairment in Sierra Leone: a participatory photo project

Photo series of young people with speech and hearing impairments in Sierra Leone, who were given a camera to elicit photos of their daily lives. The research offers a striking, personal insight into the living realities of these young people, drawing attention to what it means to have a disability in Sierra Leone.


One of the goals of Bridging Humanities is to publish MA projects that experiment with digital methods. As part of this, the editors are involved in developing educational projects. MA students are invited to share their ideas for developing publications.

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Ongoing projects

Digital humanities - The African Perspective

What specific developments in the field of Digital Humanities are taking shape in Africa? What is their potential to enhance the global DH agenda? Bridging Humanities facilitated this discussion during a workshop at the Lorentz centre before the international Digital Humanities conference in Utrecht this year. This film highlights discussions of the workshop, at which around 20 African DH scholars from various disciplines gathered to build capacity and discuss ideas for joint projects. The website contains reflections on the workshop and the ideas for joint projects, and will be developed into a special issue based around the question whether the digital brings continuity or change for African research.

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Reframing the Paul Julien collection

A project by Andrea Stultiens in collaboration with Bridging Humanities that will experiment with a combination of emerging digital and artistic methods of inquiry in order to reframe the problematic Paul Julien collection that is in the care of the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam [NFM] and referred to with the code PJU.  The collection of amateur anthropologist and explorer Paul Julien (1901-2001)  in relation to numerous research trips on the African continent between 1932 and 1962, holds great potential to respond to current questions on decolonisation of public archives and academic knowledge production. While Julien’s expeditions did not lead to useful scientific outcomes, he wrote books and lectured about his ‘adventures’ for general audiences. Photographs and film were used to illuminate his stories but did not reach members of the communities they depicted. The digital era offers the possibility to reframe the collection with the help of these communities and their diaspora.

Breaking down barriers - advocacy research on disability in Africa

How can disabled children in Africa voice their aspirations and concerns? What role can academic research play? The Liliane Foundation and the African Studies Centre Leiden started a research in 2015 to identify to identify success factors of advocacy for children with disabilities. Bridging Humanities cooperates with the team in the final phase of the project to publish on the results in consultation with disabled groups and partner organisations of the Liliane Foundation. Bridging Humanities therefore works on archiving the research process by means of a reflective trajectory. The photo series shown here have been made by disabled youth in Sierra Leone that participated in a photo voice method set up by Emma Frobisher, a researcher in the BdB project (more information about this projects).

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Published projects

Dissenting Voices - Challenging the colonial system

Can collaboration between academia, journalism and the arts lead to new perspectives on the Dutch colonial past? In this Bridging Humanities publication historian Maartje Janse, research journalist Anne-Lot Hoek, musician Ernst Jansz cooperated with Bridging Humanities/Voice4Thought, to explore how critical thinking regarding the colonial context in the Dutch East Indies (current Indonesia) has evolved by analyzing various ‘forgotten’ voices of protest. The authors question mainstream historical narratives and argue for an anti-colonial tradition of protest. The publication includes artistic contributions and suggests ways forward for research, also in relation to Dutch state-sponsered project ‘Independence, decolonization, violence and war, Indonesia 1945-1950’ that is carried out by the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie.

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Croquemort: A biographical journey in the context of Chad

What can the life of Didier Lalaye, a medical doctor, also known as slam artist Croquemort learn us about the possibilities of ICT and social media for youth and artists that cope with oppression in Chad? Mirjam de Bruijn collaborated with Didier Lalaye and filmmaker Sjoerd de Bruijn for this first multimodal publication of Bridging Humanities. Next to a video pamplet that is shown here, the publication contains a wide range of digital sources that enrich the biographical method.  Mirjam argues for academic researchers to adopt a nomadic mind that embraces serendipity – the art of understanding the unpredictable and amazing moments as much as the ordinary. In the process of co-creation, existing knowledge hierarchies are challenged.

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