Mirjam E. Bruijn (de)

Region of Interest


Primary Country of Residence





Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands



Mailing Address

Leiden University
P.O. Box 9555
2300 RB
The Netherlands

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: +31-71-5273360
fax: +31-71-5273344



Countries of Specialization

Cameroon ; Chad ; Mali

Research Interests

She has done fieldwork in Cameroon, Chad and Mali and an important theme
throughout is how people manage risk (drought, war, etc.) in both rural
and urban areas. She focuses on the interrelationship between agency,
marginality and mobility. Her specific fields of interest are: nomadism,
youth and children, social (in)security, poverty, marginality/social and
economic exclusion, violence, slavery, and human rights. In Mali she
worked in the Mopti area with the Fulbe (Peul) and in Menaka with the
Tamacheck (Tuareg), while in Chad she has worked in N'djamena (the
capital) and in Central Chad with Hadjerai and Arab groups.


With J.W.M. van Dijk
"The multiple experiences of civil war in the Guera region of Chad,
1965-1990" In: Sociologus, vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 61-98, 2007.

With N. Djindil
"Etat nutritionnel et histoire de vie des "enfants de la rue" N'Djamena
(Tchad)" In: Psychopathologie africaine 2005-2006, vol. 33, no. 1, pp.
183-211, 2006.

Edited with R.A. van Dijk and D.W.J. Foeken.
Mobile Africa : changing patterns of movement in Africa and
beyond. Leiden: Brill, African dynamics ; vol. 1, 2001.

Edited with Han van Dijk
Peuls et Mandingues. Dialectique des constructions identitaires. Paris,
Karthala, 1997.

With J.O. Breedveld
"L'image des Fulbe: Analyse critique de la construction du concept
pulaaku." In: Cahiers d'Etudes Africaines, 144, XXXVI-4, pp 791-821, 1996.

With H. van Dijk
Arid Ways, Cultural Understandings of Insecurity in Fulbe Society,
Central Mali. Amsterdam: Thela Publishers, 1995.


nomadism ; childhood and youth ; social security ; poverty ; marginality ; exclusion.