ELITAF - Students and elites trained in URSS universities

[ Closed ] Students and African elites trained in the countries of the former Soviet bloc

ELITAF is an international research programme – led by the Interdisciplinary Africa-World Network (RIAM). It gathers more than 80 researchers and PhD students from Sub-Saharian Africa, Maghreb, Europe, Russia and America. At the origin of the programme : some biographies and narratives of former African students who were trained in URSS universities.

Organized on a pluridisciplinary bases (history, politics, sociology, anthropology, economics, narrative and cinema studies, etc.), the programme aims at :

  • reconstructing the history of the political and academic relations between the URSS/Russia, the former communist Central or Eastern European countries and the Maghreb or Sub-Saharian Africa, from their independences to the present day.
  • studying the specific experiences of different professional groups
  • relating most often unknown biographical paths of former students and elites, after their academic education or training (political and/or professional futures, later mobilities, etc.)

ELITAF organizes thematic conferencies in various African countries.


Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Faculté des Sciences et Technologies de l'Education et de la Formation, FASTEF, Dakar 
Université Marien Ngouabi, Brazzaville
Université Hassan II, Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines Mohammedia, Maroc
Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les enjeux sociaux, IRIS/EHESS, CNRS, Université Paris XIII, INSERM Paris (UMR8156- U997)
Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Pau
Institut d’Afrique, Académie des sciences, Moscou


Michèle Leclerc-Olive, CNRS/IRIS/RIAE,
Monique de Saint Martin, EHESS/IRIS/RIAE,
Patrice Yengo, Université Marien Ngouabi, Brazzaville, CEAf/EHESS, RIAE, Paris


Coordinated by: Luc Ngwé, Monique de Saint Martin, Tatiana Smirnova.