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Spring 2017 West African Research Association (WARA) Travel Grant

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Closing date for applications: Wednesday, March 15. The WARC Travel Grant supports West African post graduate scholars and researchers carrying out research in West Africa. Studies in all disciplines are welcome. This grant covers travel taking place between June 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

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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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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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Seminaire: Le Defi de l’Organisation d’Elections Justes et Tranparentes : Perspectives Americaines et Ouest Africaines Seminaire, 19 juillet au WARC-Dakar

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

La West African Research Association et le Centre de Recherche Ouest Africain (WARA/WARC), en collaboration avec le Mouvement Citoyen et dans le cadre du Trans-Saharan Elections Pro gram (TSEP) mis en œuvre par l’Université de Floride (Gainesville) sur financement du département d’Etat américain, vous convient à un séminaire qui s’ouvre le Mardi 19 à 9 heures précises au WARC.

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Call for Papers: Peacemaking in West Africa: Historical Methods and Modern Applications

Friday, July 31st, 2009

While conflict situations in Africa have received significant scholarly and media attention in recent decades, less attention has been paid to the long tradition of peacemaking that kept its societies in peaceful equilibrium. This conference seeks to examine successful handling of potential conflicts that have been resolved in their early stages, as well as the range of ancient, historic and contemporary tools for mediation. WARA/WARC invites proposals on traditional and contemporary methods of avoiding and resolving conflicts in the past and the present.

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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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Colloque: Carrefour saharien: la vue du nord

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Carrefour saharien regroupe des présentations dans les domaines de l’histoire de l’art, de la littérature, de l’anthropologie, du folklore, de l’histoire culturelle, de la géographie, du cinéma, des arts de la scène, de la musique et répond aux questions méthodologiques, théoriques, stylistiques ou aux aspects techniques de la créativité artistique, de la culture et de la performance, à la fois contemporaines ou historiques, qui reflètent la nature de ce discours artistique et qui illustrent comment le Sahara a été une frontière poreuse, un pont plutôt qu’ un obstacle, pour la transmission et l’échange des arts et de la culture à travers le temps.

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Cfp: Saharan Crossroads: Views from the North

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Saharan Crossroads invites papers in the fields of art history, literature, anthropology, folklore, cultural history, geography, film, performing arts, and music addressing the methodological, conceptual, stylistic or technical aspects of artistic creativity, culture, and performance, both contemporary or historic, which reflect the nature of this artistic discourse and illustrate how the Sahara has been a porous boundary, a bridge rather than a barrier, for the transmission and exchange of arts and culture through time.

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