WARA Institutes & Symposia

Accra, Ghana Summer Institute 2005

Accra, Ghana Summer Institute 2005

WARA Summer Institutes

WARA Summer Institutes are organized around specific themes and are geared toward college and university faculty who wish to develop and expand teaching or research related to the topic of a given year’s institute. Typically institutes last for two weeks, and include lectures, seminars, and discussion sessions with local specialists in the focus area. Group excursions are also included to cultural and historic sites relating to that year’s institute topic.

Some past Summer Institutes include:

  • Contemporary Islam in West Africa: Senegal in Perspective2003- Senegal
  • Contemporary African Literature and its Context 2004- Senegal
  • The Changing Dynamics of Memory and Community in West African History and
  • Anthropology 2005- Ghana
  • African Cinema (NEH Summer Institute) 2005- Senegal
  • Senegal Gateway to West Africa (Fullbright Hayes Seminar Abroad) 2009- Senegal
  • Exploring West Africa, Spotlight on Senegal (Fullbright Hayes) 2010- Senegal

Touba, Senegal 2003

Touba, Senegal 2003

Dakar, Senegal 2004
Dakar, Senegal 2004


WARA International Symposia

Penda Mbow, Benin Symposium
Penda Mbow, Benin Symposium 2008

WARA symposia occur approximately every five years, and are substantially broader in scope than summer institutes. The last international symposium, “Field Work in Africa,” took place in Dakar in 2002. The next symposium, “Democracy and Development in West Africa ” will be held in Fall 2007 in collaboration with the newly established Center for International Education and Sustainable Development at the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin .

  • “Fieldwork in Africa” Senegal 2002
  • “Multiculturalism, Democracy, and Development in West Africa” Benin- 2008