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CFP: “Making Space in the Maghrib,” 8-9 July 2017, Tunisia

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

The American Institute for Maghrib Studies invites scholars to submit papers for an interactive conference to be held in Tunisia on the theme of “Making Space in the Maghrib.” The aim of this conference is to develop an interdisciplinary suite of papers examining processes of space-making into, out of, and within northern Africa (broadly defined) at various levels of analysis, throughout all historical periods, and through multiple theoretical frameworks across the humanities and social sciences.

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

Sunday, September 8th, 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

Sunday, September 8th, 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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Call For Papers – Saharan Crossroads: Views from the Desert-Edge

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

This conference is part of a series of activities organized by the West African Research Association (WARA) and the American Institute of Maghribi Studies (AIMS) aimed at strengthening the cultural, artistic and historical links among the peoples living within and across the Sahara Desert.

The 3rd international conference « Saharan Crossroads: Views from the Desert-Edge » is planned to be held in Ghardaïa, Algeria June 22-24, 2013. The Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines en Algérie (CEMA) is partnering with the Centre National de Recherche en Anthropologie Sociale et Culturelle (CRASC) in planning this conference to be held at the University of Ghardaïa.

This conference’s theme is “Mapping information flows within and across the Sahara.”

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CFP: Berber Societies: New Approaches to Space, Time, and Social Process

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Since the mid-nineteenth century, North Africa’s Berber (Amazigh) populations have constituted quintessential ethnographic subjects for various ends, whether colonial, military, missionary, nationalist, or academic. Central to these endeavors was a sustained effort to document their language, laws, customs, institutions, and lifeways. Berbers (Imazighen) later turned this gaze on themselves as they sought to carve out a place in the national fabric or redefine it altogether. Recent scholarship on Amazigh populations provides important correctives to the nationalist narratives that have long shaped understandings about both the region’s populations and their relations to the nation-state. These scholarly correctives in part have been possible through alternative historiographies that both allow for new interpretations of French archival sources and look more closely at older vernacular sources to investigate claims about Berber ethnicity and solidarity (or lack thereof). Equally important have been new ethnographic field studies by anthropologists, social scientists, historians, and others whose research methods include extended participant observation and critical reengagements with familiar social practices. This conference investigates new ways of situating Berbers in space, time, and social process. Potential participants will be asked to present paper proposals on specific, focused topics grounded in original research and to avoid broad overviews of the Amazigh movement, descriptions of the Amazigh situation, and literature reviews.

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Conference Report: Saharan Crossroads: Views from the South

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

This second conference with the theme of “Saharan Crossroads: Views from the South” brought together delegates and participants from many of the countries bordering the Greater Sahara from Morocco and Algeria in the North, to Mauritania, Senegal and Mali in the West, and other countries south of the Sahara including, Cameroon, Nigeria and Ghana, even South Africa. Up to thirty-six participants including academics, students, artists, professionals, NGO workers and policy-makers as well as participants from the US and several European countries such England, France and Belgium travelled to Niamey to exchange their thoughts about the Saharan-Sahelo world and its environs. The event brought into contact scholars and professionals of West Africa and North Africa, most of whom were visiting the region for the very first time.

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Report from ‘Saharan Crossroads: Views from the North’

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

From the American Institute for Maghrib Studies:

The AIMS Annual Conference had many firsts this year. It was our first collaborative effort as we paired with our sister ORC the West African Rearch Association, WARA. It was the first conference where we received over 100 proposals, and it was our first three-day event. We had noteable attendees including Mary Ellen Lane, CAORC director, and our first Donna Lee Bowen Travel Awardee, Tara Deubel. Her research interests are highlighted in the latest AIMS newsletter, which you all should have received, and it is also available online on the AIMS website. Also on the website are the final conference program and a compilation of presenter absracts.

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