Nathalie Raunet

Nathalie Raunet

Department of African Studies and Anthropology
Doctoral researcher

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PhD title: Citizenship, nationality and belonging in the Ghana-Togo borderlands
Supervisor: Dr Kate Skinner and Dr Maxim Bolt
PhD African Studies and Anthropology


My research analyses claims to belonging that are rooted in different legal contexts (citizenship, nationality and local belonging) and territorial frameworks (the local, national, international, and transnational) in the border region between Ghana and Togo. It shows that belonging claims are based on legitimating narratives of indigeneity at each geographical level of different kinds of political communities. By adopting an interdisciplinary approach, my thesis connects contemporary power struggles with the history of the region and with contemporary issues of belonging and citizenship in anthropology. From local belonging, to the electoral debate on cross-border voting, and to disputes between heads of state of Ghana and Togo, the border region and the narratives that justify belonging are mobilised and have far-reaching consequences in modern configurations of power.