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Title:Man and the lake: proceedings of the 12th Mega Chad conference: Maiduguri, 2nd - 9th December 2003
Editors:Baroin, CatherineISNI
Seidensticker-Brikay, GiselaISNI
Tijani, KyariISNI
Publisher:Centre for Trans-Saharan Studies
Geographic terms:Cameroon
Central African Republic
Subjects:West African studies
climate change
natural resources
conference papers (form)
Abstract:The papers in this volume were presented at the twelfth Mega Chad Conference (Maiduguri, Nigeria, 2-9 December 2003). The topic of the conference was 'Man and the Lake', purposefully fairly wide to indicate that all disciplines were welcome, including the natural sciences as far as these impinge on the understanding of human societies in the region. Climate change is a strong concern and the desiccation of the lake has had far-reaching social consequences. The sections include long-term climate changes and natural resource exploitation; boundaries and migrations; Chad Basin: a linguistic watering place; traditional knowledge and culture; social structure and power; and economic dynamics. Specific topics touched on include hydrogeochemistry as a means to study climate change in the SW Chad Basin region, an archaeological study of Ngala in Borno State, Nigeria, ceramics from the Jos Plateau and Mandara Mountains, the northern migratory corridor of the Zaar from Lake Chad to Bauchi, indigenity, citizenship and territoriality in the Chad basin, hydropolitical considerations in the area, place-names in Borno, the linguistic situation of the wider Chad area, sociolinguistics of Hausa, a study of the Buduma (Yedina) of the islands in Lake Chad, the Bura xylophone tradition, historical textile production in north Cameroon, the incorporation of the Southern Lake Chad chiefdoms into Borno, transformation of female titles and offices in the Chad basin region of Borno, caste, gender and chieftaincy in the southern Mandara mountains (Fali, Nigeria), Cheikh Mahamat Nour and the tentative Islamic revival on the southern shores of Lake Chad, agriculture in the Mandara Mountains in northern Cameroon and northeastern Nigeria, the role of the wild harvest in central Niger, transhumance in north Cameroon, the Wadara cattle breed in the Lake Chad region of Nigeria, specialized fresh fish traders in the Lake Chad basin area of Nigeria and co-management of common pool resources of the Waza-Logone floodplain in north Cameroon. [ASC Leiden abstract]