Senegal Workshop “New Social Dynamics in Senegal” 13-14 March 2017, LAMC/ULB, Brussels

Workshop themes and participants

The Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains (LAMC), Université Libre de Bruxelles organised a two-day workshop to showcase and discuss new research on novel social dynamics in Senegal on 13-14 March 2017. We thank the participants, who included anthropologists, historians as well as economists, doctoral students, postdocs as well as tenured professors, for their valuable contributions and rich input to the debate.

The workshop was structured around three overarching themes, notably “Childhood and Family Dynamics”, “Islam”, and “Livelihoods”. Each of these themes was introduced by a thought-provoking lecture by one of our keynote speakers (Dr Hélène Neveu-Kringelbach, UCL London, on “Childhood and Family Dynamics”; Dr Ruth Evans, University of Reading, on “Islam”; Dr Abdoulaye Dieng, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Agriculture, Thiès, on “Livelihoods”). In addition to our distinguished keynote speakers, we were honoured by the presence of Prof Mamadou Diouf, Columbia University, who added insight and historical depth to our debates.

A central concern for the workshop organisers and participants was to create a platform for continued dialogue and exchange among early-career Senegal researchers as well as with more senior Senegal scholars. To this end, we dedicated a session of the workshop to discuss the formats this could take. Here are the results of our discussions:

Mailing list “senegalresearch”

In order to facilitate the continuation of our discussions and exchanges, we have created a mailing list (senegalresearch@framalistes.org). The idea of the list is to encourage exchange, discussion and collaboration among researchers working on Senegal. For example, the list can be used to ask questions concerning field work, to find out about existing research and literature, to coordinate panels for conferences and to circulate or coordinate future publications. The list addresses itself particularly to researchers in the Social Sciences. Post can be written in either English or French. If you would like to join the list, please follow this link: https://framalistes.org/sympa/info/senegalresearch

Senegal Workshop “Vol. 2”?

The participants of the workshop agreed that it would be valuable to organise similar events bringing together researchers working on Senegal regularly. A major concern voiced in this respect was the availability of funding for such an event, and the future uncertainty that researchers without a permanent position face. The participants of the workshop would be grateful both for suggestions regarding potential funding bodies and for volunteers willing to organize a similar event at their institution!


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