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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

Friday, May 10th, 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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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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New Publication: Smugglers and Saints of the Sahara: Regional Connectivity in the Twentieth Century by Judith Scheele

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Smugglers and Saints of the Sahara describes life on and around the contemporary border between Algeria and Mali, exploring current developments in a broad historical and socioeconomic context. Basing her findings on long-term fieldwork with trading families, truckers, smugglers and scholars, Judith Scheele investigates the history of contemporary patterns of mobility from the late nineteenth century to the present. Through a careful analysis of family ties and local economic records, this book shows how long-standing mobility and interdependence have shaped not only local economies, but also notions of social hierarchy, morality and political legitimacy, creating patterns that endure today and that need to be taken into account in any empirically-grounded study of the region.

Judith Scheele is post-doctoral research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford University. She is a social anthropologist who has conducted extensive fieldwork in Algeria, Mali, and, more recently, Chad. She is the author of Village Matters: Knowledge, Politics and Community in Kabylia, Algeria (2009).

More information at publisher’s website (Cambridge University Press)

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CFP: US militarization of the Sahara-Sahel: Security, Space and Imperialism (4 Jan 2010)

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

The Concerned Africa Scholars Bulletin is currently compiling papers, interventions and reviews for a special issue on the post-9/11 US securitization of the Sahara-Sahel region of West Africa. We are seeking contributions that will elucidate and dissect the various logics and effects of the increased US military presence in the countries of Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Algeria and Morocco. Contributions other countries in the region — e.g., Nigeria, Chad, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Tunisia, Libya — will also be warmly welcome.

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