Saharan Crossroads tag

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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“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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Call for Applications: Saharan Crossroads Fellowship — Extended Deadline (August 15)

Friday, July 20th, 2012

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.

American , North African and West African Scholars interested in conducting research in any part of North or West Africa concerning Saharan Crossroads are encouraged to apply for short-term fellowships (up to three months) for awards up to 3,000 USD. US scholars flying from the United States will receive an additional travel stipend. Applicants may be students, senior or independent scholars who hold at least a Master’s Degree.

Research must be completed before Dec 31, 2013.
Proposals must include a curriculum vita, a five-page proposal, and a budget.
Applications should be submitted by August 15, 2012.
Awards will be announced by Oct 1, 2012.

Information is online at:

Application is available at:

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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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CFP: “Saharan Crossroads: Views from the South” Niamey (Niger), 8-9-10 July 2011

Monday, September 13th, 2010

This conference is part of a series of conferences, organized jointly by the West African Research Association (WARA) and the American Institute of Maghrib Studies (AIMS), to explore and reinforce cultural, artistic, and historical connections between populations living in and on both sides of the Sahara. This initiative was launched in 2004 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with the first meeting treating the Saharan crossroads in historical perspective. The first international conference took place in 2009 in Tangier. The second conference will take place in Niamey on July 8, 9, 10, 2011.

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