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