Saharan Crossroads: Views from the Desert-Edge
This conference has been postponed until 2014.
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.
Saharan Crossroads: Views from the South, the 2011 AIMS/WARA Conference Niamey, June 2011
The second Saharan Crossroads conference, Views from the South, highlighted the position of Niger as a hub of cultural and economic exchange between the populations of West and North Africa who share the Saharan space. Some thirty-six scholars and artists hailing from Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, France, Belgium, and South Africa gathered in Niamey to reflect on these ancient and contemporary ties as they are manifest in architectural traditions, language and the written word, artistic and musical production, textiles, political relations, religion, trade, diplomacy, the role of women in society, and the legacies of colonialism and slavery. The program included presentations in Arabic, French, and English. View the full program of the Conference here. Browse photos, and view a brief summary of the conference.
Saharan Crossroads: Views from the North, the 2009 AIMS/WARA Conference Tangier, June 2009
Africa has traditionally been viewed through a bifocal lens in which the Sahara Desert has been perceived as an impenetrable barrier dividing the continent into the northern “white” and sub-Saharan “black” Africa. Despite trans-Saharan cultural contact spanning centuries, the conceptual divide separating North and sub-Saharan Africa remains strong. Countries to the north 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.”
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