• The lake Chad area, according to Fra Mauro - around 1450.

research network

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E-mail: mega.tchad@mae.u-paris10.fr
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Fanny PIGEAUD, 2011. Au Cameroun de Paul Biya. Les terrains du siècle, Paris: Karthala, 266p. - book review by Christian Seignobos (2012) - » view PDF
Ahmat Saleh BODOUMI, 2011. Voyages et conversation en pays toubou.... Paris: L'Harmattan, 121p.- book review by Catherine Baroin (2012) - » view PDF
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The theme of the 17th Mega Chad conference, to be held in June 2017 in Nice (France), is going to be "Insecurities in the Lake Chad Basin".

The proceedings will be published in due course.
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What is Mega Chad?

Mega-Chad is an international network concerned with multidisciplinary research on the history and evolution of societies in the Lake Chad basin.

Following a first multidisciplinary meeting held in Paris in 1984, the network has grown progressively to its present total of about 400 members in some twenty countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Japan, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Russia, Switzerland, USA and others.

The network name "Mega-Chad" evokes the maximal extension of Lake Chad several millennia ago and refers to a vast area extending over much of Niger, Chad, northern Nigeria and northern Cameroon and the CAR within which are many shared cultural traditions, influences and patterns of exchange.

Its role involves:

  • Facilitating contacts between researchers of various disciplines, countries and institutions
  • Keeping them informed of work already carried out and of projects in progress
  • Stimulating research on the region by the organization of international conferences and colloquia and by publication of proceedings
  • Promoting international cooperation and particularly north-south relationships
  • Assisting development through realization of the potential of the regional cultural heritage