March, 2011 archive

Confluence of Cultures or Convergence of Diasporas: An International Symposium. Marrakech, Morocco 20-22 May 2011

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

The symposium proposes to examine the interconnections and convergence of cultures under conditions of slavery. While slavery tended to impose the culture of the master society on enslaved people of foreign or alien origin, whenever the enslaved population was of sufficient size, we are more accurate in considering the clash of cultures, as when Muslims were enslaved in Christian lands, or people of Yoruba culture were enslaved in Brazil or Cuba. In these situations, we can talk of enslaved populations being in diaspora, with sufficient cultural memory to link with a homeland. We want to examine slavery through a paradigm that explores the convergence of diasporas. The symposium assembles specialists of slavery under different historical regimes, whether in the Mediterranean, the Atlantic world, or the Indian Ocean.

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«Opinions locales et préoccupations trans-locales : Une réflexion sur la littérature fetwa au Nord-Ouest de l’Afrique, du Xème au XIXème siècle» (Oran, Algeria)

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

À 14h, Mercredi 9 mars 2011. CRASC, Technopôle de l’USTO, Bir El Djir, Oran. Dr. Ghislaine Lydon, Département d’Histoire, University of California at Los Angeles.

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Communique of the Regional Workshop on Agriculture and Pastoralist Conflicts in the ECOWAS Sub-Region

Monday, March 7th, 2011

As part of its mission of collaborative peacebuilding, the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) organised a regional workshop at the PACIFIC hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on 22 and 23 February 2011. After two days of discussions and exchange of experiences, the 50 participants from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Togo developed mechanisms and solutions for sustainable and more effective actions, and identified the different actors and organisations for the implementation of the actions. (via Pambazuka News)

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Website: Saharan Research Network / Réseau de Recherches Sahariennes (RRESA)

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Le RRESA ( est né d’une collaboration suivie entre “jeunes géographes” français et algériens, travaillant sur l’espace saharien et ses marges et voulant concrétiser leur coopération, par le biais d’une plateforme d’échange.

Le Réseau réunit aujourd’hui dix-sept chercheurs de disciplines différentes, qui se répartissent dans six pays et dix centres de recherches ou laboratoires ou universités.

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