Dr. Lynda Iroulo


Dr. Lynda Iroulo

  • Kurzer Lebenslauf

    • Since 01/2020: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for African Affairs and in the project "Sources and Consequences of Legitimation Strategies of Regional Organizations (LegRO)"

    • 09/2018 - 12/2019: Research Fellow, Global Governance Unit, Berlin Social Science Centre (WZB)

    • 02/2018: Co-founder, African Affairs Forum – Germany

    • 12/2017 - 12/2019: Host, Orders Beyond Borders Podcast Series Global Governance Unit Blog, WZB

    • 09/2015 - 08/2018: Guest Researcher, Global Governance Unit, WZB

    • 02/2017 - 04/2017: Visiting Scholar, South African Institute of International Affairs, Johannesburg, South Africa

    • 05/2014 - 08/2015: Programme Officer, Women’s Economic and Social Empowerment Initiative, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

    • Education: Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil), Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany; M.A History, Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria; B.A History and International Studies, Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria

    Aktuelle Forschung

    • International and Regional Organisations

    • African Union in Global Politics

    • Sociological Institutionalism

    • Postcolonial Theory

    Länder und Regionen

    • Africa

    Dr. Lynda Iroulo



    GIGA Focus Afrika | 3/2020

    Afrikanische Staaten brauchen lokale Antworten auf die Corona-Krise

    Zunächst schien es, als seien die afrikanischen Länder vom COVID-19-Ausbruch verschont geblieben, doch die jüngsten Infektionen auf dem gesamten Kontinent haben die Verantwortlichen zum Handeln veranlasst. Die Autorin dieses GIGA Focus Afrika plädiert für lokale Antworten auf die Corona-Krise.

    Forschungsprojekt | 01.06.2018 - 01.05.2023

    Sources and Consequences of Legitimation Strategies of Regional Organizations (LegRO)

    In an era of increasing political challenges to global and regional organizations, it is crucial to understand how they claim legitimacy, and how successful they are in this respect. Yet, we know surprisingly little about the sources and consequences of legitimation in most regional organizations around the world. In this project we thus map the legitimation strategies of a sample of 30 organizations and conduct qualitative comparative case studies on major organizations in the Global South.
    Leibniz Association, 2018-2023

    Deutsche Welle | Interview | 04.10.2021

    77% Street Debate

    Deutsche Welle | Interview | 01.01.2021

    DW Business - Africa

    GIGA Talk | 21.04.2021

    Confronting Colonialism in Germany: Are We Doing Enough?

    Konfrontation mit deutschem Kolonialismus: Tun wir genug?, Online event Organisation: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) Dr. Lynda Iroulo (Moderator:in), Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zimmerer (Panelbeitragende:r), Prof. Dr. Louis Henri Seukwa (Panelbeitragende:r), Naita Hishoono (Panelbeitragende:r), Dr. David Kuehn (Organisator:in)

    Germany is renowned for laying the ground rules for what became known as the “scramble for Africa” in 1885. Although German colonialism is somewhat part of the country’s university curricula and studied by scholars, German society is yet to reflect upon the legacies of colonisation critically. Consequently, patterns of colonial thought might still be prevalent – perpetuated consciously or unintentionally through daily personal interactions, the media, but also teaching and research.

    In this GIGA Forum, we will look back on Germany’s colonial past, critically evaluate the colonial discourse, its implications for society, and the role of Social Science in confronting colonialism in Germany.

    Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zimmerer

    Prof. Dr. Louis Henri Seukwa

    Naita Hishoono

    Konferenz | 06.04.2021

    ISA Sapphire Series

    ISA Sapphire Series , Online Event Organisation: International Studies Association Dr. Lynda Iroulo (Panelbeitragende:r)

    This panel explored the diversity of regional institutions and their impact on the future of the global order. Of particular interest is the rise of new players and the institutions they lead, such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and regional trade and investment agreements in their respective neighbourhoods. To what extent have these new institutions altered the nature of governance in their regions and their impact on global governance? Are regional forms of political and economic organisation diverging and leading to an erosion of the global order as we know it? Finally, do the increasing inward-looking policies of the United States and the decline in transatlantic relations suggest a more significant role for other regions as centres for international cooperation?

    Lehre | Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena | 2021

    Evolution of Regionalism in Africa

    Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena Jena Deutschland

    African regional integration cannot be divorced from the need to eradicate colonialism and neocolonialism. Since the 1960s, the countries common historical experience of colonialism, exploitation, and renaissance have propelled the institutional developments observed today. However, this evolution has not been without struggles. Since the 1960s, when its formal institutionalisation began, African regionalism became known for its contentious and innovative politics. How this system evolved and functions are ripe material for those interested in the politics of one of the world’s most dynamic regions. This seminar introduces students to broad themes in the evolution of African regionalism. Using scholarly articles and select primary texts, the seminar will highlight key debates and issues in African region-building. Attention will be given to founding political thought, competing visions of regional politics and institutional designs. It will compare the institutional designs of the Organisation of African Unity and the African Union, and examine the implications of overlapping regionalism for continental integration. The seminar will use a comparative approach to trace continuities and changes in political thought, institutions, and debates as part of the OAU transition to the AU. By the end of the seminar, students should be familiar with the key founding debates, comparative organisational designs, and the major factors that are shaping the continuous evolution of African regionalism. Seminar at the Institute of Political Science


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