Saharan Crossroads: Views from the South

July 12th, 2010 in Uncategorized

AIMS/The West African Research Association


Saharan Crossroads: Views from the South

Niamey (Niger), 8-9-10 July 2011

The Saharan Crossroads conferences explore and reinforce cultural, artistic, and historical connections between populations living in and on both sides of the Sahara. The second conference, Views from the South, will take place south of the Sahara in Niamey, a city that has long been the home of many national festivals and has a strong emphasis on arts and culture, as well as a model museum that promotes contemporary artistic production and is a highly frequented and popular venue for local people.

This second conference will focus on the intellectual and cultural production from south of the Sahara and its links with the north. The conference will be multi-disciplinary while emphasizing that the arts are a powerful force in the promotion of cultural exchange, peaceful coexistence, and the promotion of peace. Music, theatre, dance, literature, film, and the decorative arts form a common thread that brings people together and engages them in the collective creation, criticism, and celebration of life.

Papers should be no longer than fifteen pages. We encourage the submission of complete panels. For the first stage of review, participants should submit one page abstracts presenting major themes to be addressed in the longer, full paper. Panel Chairs should submit one page abstracts of their panels. We will be accepting proposals until November 30, 2010. Please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words and a short CV (2 pp) to . Proposals received after this time will not be considered. Priority for acceptance and funding will be given to scholars from AIMS and WARA affiliate countries (Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco,
and the 18 countries comprising West Africa), and from the U.S.

English Language Teaching Internships in Dakar

July 12th, 2010 in Uncategorized

WARA members are invited to apply for English Language Teaching Internships with the Universite Libre de Dakar Language Center. Successful applicants will have at least basic fluency in French and some experience in teaching English as a Second Language.

Interns will provide English lessons between 6 and 10 hours a week to beginners, intermediate and advanced students—depending on ability and availability. Interns with appropriate experience may also be asked to train and prepare Senegalese students for the TOEFL and TOEIC Exams.

Interns will be provided with lodging, food, and local transportation to the ULD Language Center OR a stipend of $300 a month. Interns will also have the opportunity to take classes free of charge at ULD.

Your immersion in the Senegalese culture and society is made easier with this opportunity to give back and at the same time learn to better enjoy your interactions with Senegalese students.

Please send letters of interest, outlining training or language teaching experience, preferred levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced, test training), dates of availability, and a current CV, to:

Marieme DIOP DIA, Program Director

Please cc your application to
6 Ouest Foire, Route de la V.D.N.B.P.
45309 Dakar Fann
Dakar Sénégal
Phone : + 221 77 240 06 73