CFP: Building Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security in the Euro-Mediterranean Area: Challenges and Policy Options

4 June 2014

The International Affairs Institute (IAI), the OCP Policy Center, the Economic and Social Sciences Research Unit at the Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine Institute Hassan II of Rabat and the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy (CIFAP) at the University of Minnesota invite submissions that explore issues and policy responses to address food security and agricultural challenges in the countries of the Southern Mediterranean region within the framework of Euro-Mediterranean relations (deadline: 15/6/2014). Further information here.

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Novo livro – Tribos, Princesas e Demónios : Etnografias do encontro pré‐colonial no Sudoeste do Saara, Francisco Freire

22 January 2014

Este ensaio questiona algumas das estruturas reconhecidas como definidoras da sociedade arabófona do ocidente saariano; sendo destacados os elementos que complexificam a longa inscrição histórica desta população, questionando outros que, mais recentemente, tendem a simplificá‐la. Este contexto é introduzido através de um documento português de meados do século XVI, que a partir da feitoria de Arguim serve a imediata incorporação de uma visão europeia sobre o Saara, ilustrando também a profundidade dos laços desde então estabelecidos com as diferentes populações da região. Será igualmente apresentada uma compilação de tradições orais que actualmente descrevem os iniciais encontros euro‐saarianos, assim como o seu relevo nos mecanismos de filiação tribal e estutária que, até hoje, definem a região.

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Appel à contributions : Politiques de la culture et cultures du politique dans l’Ouest saharien

17 December 2013

Ce projet portera tout autant sur les mobilisations de la culture, ou de ce qui fait culture (représentations, pratiques, normes partagées), par le politique, dans ses déclinaisons classiques (élus, représentants de l’Etat, institutions politiques diverses, arsenal législatif, politiques publiques) et nouvelles (société civile, cyberactivisme, réseaux sociaux), dans le cadre de projets de contestation, d’émancipation ou de gouvernement, que sur les cultures du politique en tant qu’ensembles de « manières de faire » de la politique (codes, normes, valeurs, savoir-faire, dispositifs matériels, usages rhétoriques). Pour interroger ces interactions entre culture et politique, on privilégiera les questionnements thématiques et transversaux ci-dessous, qui constitueront une grille d’analyse commune, sans être pour autant exclusifs d’autres interrogations ou approches.

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Le Centre des études sahariennes (CES), Maroc : Décès de l’éminent chercheur Pierre Bonte, un grand connaisseur du Maroc saharien

7 November 2013

Né le 25 août 1942 dans le département du Nord, le défunt était titulaire d’un Doctorat d’Etat en ethnologie et anthropologie sociale (Paris-EHESS, 1998), membre du Laboratoire d’anthropologie sociale du Collège de France et de l’Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) et Directeur de recherches au Centre national de recherche scientifique (CNRS). Responsable depuis le milieu des années 1960 de nombreuses missions d’étude au Niger, en Algérie, en Mauritanie, au Mali, au Maroc et en Tunisie, M. Bonte est l’auteur de nombreuses contributions scientifiques et d’ouvrages dont L’émirat de l’Adrar. Esquisses historiques, (1998), La montagne de fer. La SNIM. Une société minière du Sahara mauritanien à l’heure de la mondialisation (2001), Les derniers nomades (2004), L’émirat de l’Adrar mauritanien. Harîm, compétition et protection dans une société tribale saharienne (2008),…

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PhD Scholarship in African Studies at the University of Birmingham: Arabic Sources for West African History, West African Manuscripts in the British Library

6 November 2013

The Department of African Studies and Anthropology at the University of Birmingham (incorporating the Centre of West African Studies) and the British Library are pleased to announce a three-year studentship for students commencing their MPhil/PhD in African Studies in September 2014. The studentship is attached to an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership awarded to the British Library for research and cataloguing related to its collection of West African Arabic manuscripts and its forthcoming exhibition: ‘West Africa: Cultures of the Word’. The successful applicant will receive (at UK/EU rate) full tuition fees and maintenance funding (which was £13,726 for 2013/14, increasing annually), plus associated expenses (£550 yearly maintenance payment from AHRC; up to £1,000 per annum from the British Library to cover travel and related costs).

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Appel à candidatures: Bourses ‘Carrefours Sahariens’ 2013-2014

8 September 2013

L’Institut Américaine des Etudes Maghrébines (AIMS) et l’Association de Recherche Ouest-Africaine (West African Research Association, WARA) annoncent le premier concours de bourses ‘Carrefours Sahariens’ pour la période 2013-2014. L’initiative ‘Carrefours Sahariens’ cherche à lutter contre la fracture conceptuelle divisant les perceptions publiques et intellectuelles du continent, avec d’un côté, le nord, ‘blanc’, et de l’autre, la zone sub-saharienne, “noire”. Cette initiative tente aussi de modérer cette vision du Sahara comme étant divisé par une barrière infranchissable.

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Call for applications: Saharan Crossroads Fellowships 2013-2014

8 September 2013

The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) and the West African Research Association (WARA) announce the second annual Saharan Crossroads Fellowship Competition. Saharan Crossroads seeks to counter the conceptual divide separating North and sub-Saharan Africa and the tendency to view the Sahara Desert as an impenetrable barrier dividing the continent into the northern “white” and sub-Saharan “black” Africa. Countries to the north often find themselves placed in Mediterranean, Islamic, and Middle Eastern studies with little consideration of cultural, historical, or artistic contact with sub-Saharan countries, which are often considered more authentically “African.” Despite trans-Saharan cultural contact spanning centuries, this inaccurate perception of Africa as two distinct zones separated by an empty wasteland of desert continues to influence the way people think about this region and the continent as a whole.

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“Saharan Crossroads: Views from the Desert Edge” postponed until June 2014 / « Carrefours sahariens : vues des rives du Sahara », est reporté au mois de juin 2014

10 May 2013

It is with much disappointment that we inform you that the 2013 AIMS-WARA conference, Saharan Crossroads: Views from the Desert Edge, is to be postponed until June 2014. This is a disappointment to AIMS, WARA, CRASC, the University of Ghardaïa, the organization committee, and our Algerian colleagues.

Nous sommes au regret de vous annoncer que le colloque AIMS-WARA 2013 « Carrefours sahariens : vues des rives du Sahara », est reporté au mois de juin 2014. AIMS, WARA, CRASC, l’Université de Ghardaïa et les partenaires locaux sont également déçus par cette décision.

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Nouvelle publication : « Pêcheurs imraguen du Sahara atlantique : Mutations techniques et changements sociaux des années 1970 à nos jours » Sébastien Boulay

9 May 2013

Qui sont ces fameux Imraguen dont les voyageurs et naturalistes de tout poil continuent aujourd’hui de vanter l’écologie « modèle » et les pratiques de pêche « durables » ? Constituent-ils une « population » à part entière, avec une organisation sociale et une langue qui leur seraient propres, ou sont-ils une simple composante de cet ensemble socio- culturel maure ouest-saharien, spécialisée dans l’exploitation de res- sources marines surabondantes ? Célébrés pour leur traditionnelle pêche au filet d’épaule et pour leur économie égalitaire, les Imraguen ont- ils été épargnés par les grandes mutations sociales et démographiques (sécheresses, sédentarisation et croissance urbaine exponentielle) surve- nues en Mauritanie au cours des années 1970 et 1980 ?

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CfP – Russian Academy of Sciences Institute for African Studies, Moscow: “Society and Politics in Africa: Traditional, Transitional, and New” (May 27-30, 2014)

20 April 2013

On May 27-30, 2014, in Moscow the Research Council for the Problems of Economic, Social, Political and Cultural Development of African Countries and the Institute for African Studies ofthe Russian Academy of Sciences hold the 13th Conference of Africanists titled Society and Politics in Africa: Traditional, Transitional, and New. The Conference will take place on the premises of the Institute for African Studies and the Institute for Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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