A unique partnership

The Cape Coast Summer School series is conceptualized in collaboration with University of Cape Coast, Ghana, Theologische Hochschule Friedensau (Friedensau Adventist University),Germany, and the Freie Univesität, Berlin, Germany.

Up to expectations!

Land rights in Africa are rooted in a range of social, political and economic relationships and units spanning households and kinship networks often overlapping and layered in character.

A community for researchers

The Harmattan School 2016 brings together academic researchers from different countries to discuss and share ideas.

Re-activating gender sensitive tools

Enhancing the ability of young academics to include gender-sensitive approaches and feminist analytical tools in their research endeavour.


Today, the second international PhD Summer School on Land Use and Mobile Livelihoods is starting. It is the second collaboration project between the Centre for Gender Research, Advocacy & Documentation (CEGRAD, UCC) and the Adventist University Friedensau, Germany. With a special focus on Intersectional Perspectives, the program builds on last years’ Harmattan School on Re-Activating Gender-Sensitive Research on Land which focused on land commodification and politics of gender rights and access. The specific interest in this 2017 summer school lies in populations that are on the move such as pastoral communities, migrants and people displaced by development projects, nature or civil strife. Participants, mainly PhDs and post-docs, are from Ghana, Germany, Ireland, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan and Zimbabwe. The facilitators are also from an equally diverse background. The majority are from the host institution the University of Cape Coast. Participants’ research interests range from issues directly related to migrants, pastoralist and displaced persons. Others however have interests in gender issues not directly related to mobile communities. Around 30 students will participate in this program for two weeks. The topics outlined for the school are theoretical, conceptual and issue specific. Some focus on deepening our understanding and skills at incorporating feminist epistemology and methodology in our research. Others address the application of software and new media in managing qualitative data. There is a planned field trip to offer participants the opportunity to get acquainted with land politics and resettlement in Ghana and apply some of the theoretical knowledge attained. We also expect them to practice some qualitative methods of data gathering like ethnography, human ecology and participatory action research during the field trip. On the afternoon Thursday 27th August we have a public lecture where three of our resource persons, renowned feminist scholars address the general public on the theme Researching mobile livelihoods and the land crisis: intersectionality and feminist approaches. The event will be open to the members of the university community. Looking at the diversity in activities and participants’ background they are advised to come ready to learn and tolerate opposing views, norms and behaviours. Our school will therefore begin with exercises to get them know each other in interactive ways and share their research. Evenings are for relaxation and socialising. A few might be devoted to group or individual assignments. Two nights have been reserved for cultural exchanges where participants share countries’ traditions with the group. They are advised to spend the evenings getting to know other participants better and possibly developing networks for future engagements. The weekend that falls within the duration of the school is for excursion and time at the beach. A number of possibilities are available. The third summer school will be hosted in 2018 will be under the theme Engendered Politics of Place and Belonging in relation to land access and ownership. But now we look forward to the second one!

Venue: University of Cape Coast Date: 24th July-4th August, 2017

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