Constructing the Future

Hope and "la chance" Amongst University Graduates in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Bamako, Mali

  • Maike Birzle Center for African Studies, University of Basel
  • Susann Ludwig Center for African Studies, University of Basel
Keywords: uncertainty, future, university graduates, Bamako, Ouagadougou

Author Biographies

Maike Birzle, Center for African Studies, University of Basel

Maike Birzle is a PhD student and research assistant at the Center for African Studies, University of Basel. She studied Applied African Studies (B.A) at the Universität Bayreuth and Social Anthropology (M.A.) at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. Before she started working on Burkina Faso she did extensive fi eldwork on youth in The Gambia, as her master thesis focused on agency and social navigation of rural Gambian male youth.

Susann Ludwig, Center for African Studies, University of Basel

Susann Ludwig is a PhD-student and research assistant at the Centre for African Studies in Basel. She studied Social Anthropology (M.A.) at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. Her MA-thesis focused on the connection between neoliberal policy and work among academic youth in Bamako, Mali, and drew attention the phenomenon of débrouillage as a smart and creative entrepreneurial strategy deployed by urban academic youth.

Published
2015-05-01
How to Cite
Birzle, Maike, and Susann Ludwig. 2015. “Constructing the Future: Hope and ‘la Chance’ Amongst University Graduates in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Bamako, Mali”. TSANTSA – Journal of the Swiss Anthropological Association 20 (May):147-51. https://doi.org/10.36950/tsantsa.2015.20.7439.