Ulrika Trovalla

Researcher at NAI from December 2011
Cluster: Urban

Subject areas
Urban Africa, infrastructure, landscape, uncertainty, conflict, religion, ethnicity, and anthropology.  

Geographical area

Tel: +46 18 471 52 90 (direct)

Academic background

Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, Uppsala University (2011)
Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology, Uppsala University (2002)

CV Ulrika Trovalla (pdf opens in new window).

Scientific publications

Trovalla, Ulrika, and Eric Trovalla. 2015. Infrastructure Turned Suprastructure: Unpredictable Materialities and Visions of a Nigerian Nation . Journal of Material Culture 20(1).

Trovalla, Eric and Ulrika Trovalla .2015 (forthcoming). Infrastructure as a Divination Tool: Whispers from the Grids in a Nigerian City. City 19(2).

Trovalla, Ulrika. 2015 (forthcoming). Haunted by Absent Others: Movements of Evil in a Nigerian City. In: Walter E.A. van Beek & William C. Olsen (ed.) Encountering Evil: Anthropology in Everyday Africa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Trovalla, Ulrika, Victor Adetula & Eric Trovalla. 2014 (forthcoming). Movement as Mediation: A Divided Nigerian City. Nordic Journal of African Studies 23(2).

Andersson Trovalla, Ulrika. 2011. Medicine for Uncertain Futures: A Nigerian City in the Wake of a Crisis. Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, Uppsala Studies in Cultural Anthropology no 50.
Andersson, Ulrika. 2010. Landscapes of Absence and Presence: Ethno-religious Conflicts in the Nigerian city of Jos. Africa Programme Report. Stockholm: Swedish National Defence College.

Andersson, Ulrika. 2002. Working with Spirits among Muslim Hausa in Nigeria: A Study of Bori in Jos. Uppsala: Uppsala University.

Popular science publications

Trovalla, Ulrika and Trovalla Erik. 2013. Suprastructure: A Photo Exhibition. Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet. Available at: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-1757.

Trovalla, Ulrika. 2013. Infrastructure becomes Suprastructure. Annual Report: 2012: Development Dilemmas. 2012: 9-12.

Trovalla, Ulrika. 2013. Predicting an Uncertain Infrastructure. Embassy Newsletter – Economic and Promotional News from West Africa. Available at: http://ud.carmamail.com/mail/OBS?muid=309jwJKve905504076.

Failing systems as opportunities

Failing infrastructure creates its own mode of production that has come to form the backbone of many African cities, and if things were working as intended the spine would crumble. NAI researcher Ulrika Trovalla reflects on African urbanity after watching the episode from Lagos in the broadcasted series on Megacities.