The Nuba Mountains Studies (NMS) Working Paper Series provides a platform for research that has not yet found its way into other academic publications but which is worth being made accessible to the general public via the internet. Contributions might come from remaining parts of research projects or serve as the preliminary presentation of new research. The thematic frame of the series concerns research on the Nuba Mountains and/or people in any way related to the region, without any temporal or disciplinary limits.

Since it is an academic platform, the NMS Working Paper Series has an editorial board that ensures its scholarly quality. While anybody can submit papers to the series – regardless of the academic or professional background and status – editors will review each paper and decide, after consultation with the editorial board, whether it can be published in the series, and whether it requires revisions. The criteria for selection are academic quality and originality; i.e. if the paper fulfils the conventional requirements for the scientific presentation of data, references and argumentation, and if the paper covers an aspect that has not been covered in the same or a better way somewhere else.

The inaugural editorial board includes:

  • Prof. Atta El Battahani, Department of Political Science, University of Khartoum, Sudan
  • Research Prof. Sondra Hale, Departments of Anthropology and Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Dr. Ahmed Gamal Eldin, Regional Institute for Gender, Diversity, Peace and Rights, Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman, Sudan
  • Dr. Guma Kunda Komey, Department of Geography, Bahri University, Sudan
  • Prof. Leif O. Manger, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Prof. Richard Rottenburg, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Halle, Germany

The  inaugural editor of the series is Dr. Enrico Ille, and the assistant editor is Siri Lamoureaux, M.A.

Submissions can be made at any time and papers are published irregularly as they become ready. Authors who wish to contribute to the series should send a text to . The text should have minimal formatting (only title and sections; justified; Arial 12 pt; footnotes not endnotes; references in no specific, but one consistent style). The author’s name and affiliation should be put in a separate file or simply stated in the email to the editor(s).

After acceptance, revisions and copy-editing of the text, it will receive a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and be published on the website of the LOST (Law, Organization, Science and Technology) Research Group at the University of Halle.


Nuba Mountains Studies Working Paper Series

Nuba Mountains Studies Working Paper 1:
The genesis of recurring wars in Sudan: rethinking the violent conflicts in the Nuba Mountains / South Kordofan
by Richard Rottenburg, Guma Kunda Komey and Enrico Ille

DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3553.7040



Nuba Mountains Working Paper Series 2:
“Nuba” – A historical perspective on changing and contested notions
By Enrico Ille

DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1653.1605



Nuba Mountains Bibliography

Download (Version December 2017)

This list of references is the result of the bibliographic work in  two 4-year projects in frame of a collaborative research centre funded  by the German Research Foundation, SFB 586 (Difference and integration). In these projects, Prof. Richard Rottenburg, Dr. Guma  Kunda Komey and Dr. Enrico Ille undertook research on the relation of  nomadic and sedentary people in South Kordofan, together with a number  of other colleagues and assistants. From 2004 to 2008 this research  concerned land and water rights, from 2008 to 2012 market institutions: SFB 586 – Difference + Integration.  During that time, a list of mostly unpublished theses produced at the  University of Khartoum up to 2010 was assembled by Amira al-Jizouli; it was included here as  well.

More recently, in early 2015, an extension of the bibliography and its partial transformation in an annotated bibliography was made possible by the ARUSS project of the Chr. Michelsen Institute, the University of Bergen, Khartoum University, Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman, and a number of regional universities in Sudan. This work was conducted by Dr. Enrico Ille and Konstantin Biehl, with support of Rania Awad and Jasmin Weinert.


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