Workshops and conferences

Workshops and conferences


Faith and politics: Student activism and religious movements in sahelian universities

The Sahel Research Group is pleased to present a symposium on faith and politics in the Sahel on Thursday 26 April 2018. The first panel will take place from 10:30 to 12:00 and the second panel from 2:30 to 4:30 in 404 Grinter Hall. The symposium will bring scholars from the region to explore the striking proliferation of religiously-based forms of student organization and activism on university campuses across the region. Program


Roundtable: jihadi movements and security in the sahel

The Sahel Research Group and Center for African Studies are proud to present a discussion on Jihadi movements in the Sahel on Wednesday 24 January 2018 from 3:30-5:00 PM in 404 Grinter Hall.

Our two guests will be Jean-Hervé Jezequel and Vincent Foucher from the International Crisis Group. Jean-Hervé Jezequel will lecture on the changing jihadi landscape in Mali and Niger. Vincent Foucher will address the current dynamics and the future of Boko Haram. The talk will be moderated by Ibrahim Yahaya Ibrahim of the Sahel Research Group. Download our poster.

Conference: On the Edge: What Future for the African Sahel?

The Sahelian region of West Africa is at an important crossroads, under multiple pressures of diverse kinds—environmental, political, demographic, security, and economic—and marked by rapidly changing social and cultural dynamics. This interdisciplinary conference will bring together scholars from Africa, Europe, and North America to other perspectives on key issues shaping the region. The conference will take place from February 23 to February 25, 2017. It is free and open to the public, but advance registration is kindly requested. Details Abstracts Authors

Symposium: African Clandestine Migrants and Fortress Europe

The Sahel Research Group is co-sponsor of the symposium “African Clandestine Migrants and Fortress Europe: Dreams of a Better Future and Human Dramas in the Mediterranean Sea.” Held on 22-23 January 2016, this symposium explored the flow of migration from Africa to Europe, examining underlining factors, consequences, and likely future scenarios on this risky migration route. Click on the links below for more information. Poster Program

workshop: L’Islam au Sahel: nouvelles tendances et dynamiques locales

In collaboration with the Centre d’Etudes des Religions of the Université Gaston Berger (UGB) in St. Louis, Senegal, the Sahel Research Group has organized an International Workshop on the theme of L’Islam au Sahel: nouvelles tendances et dynamiques locales. Held at the UGB on 27-28 June 2014, this workshop served as an initial exchange of ideas and a platform on which to build a collaborative program of research on religious dynamics across the Sahel. Program

Talk: Islam, Slavery, and Human Rights in Mauritania

A presentation by Biram ould Dah ould Abeid, a major Mauritanian anti-slavery activist and winner of the 2013 UN Human Rights Award. Biram ould Dah ould Abeid is a candidate in Mauritania’s June 2014 presidential election. If you would like to learn more about his campaign please see his campaign videos below. Poster Video 1Video 2

Roundtable: The Maghreb after the Arab Spring: Tunisia and Algeria in Regional Perspective

This panel discussion focused on the contrasting political trajectories of these countries of the Magbreb since the events of the “Arab Spring,” and their implications for the Sahel. Poster

Conference: The Politics of Institutional Reform in Sahelian Africa

This conference and workshop, sponsored by the Minerva Initiative grant to the Sahel Research Group, brought together distinguished scholars from the Sahel at the University of Florida. Discussions focused on the key question of whether the politics of creating and reforming institutions in the name of democracy have weakened or strengthened states across the region. Read More

Roundtable: Making Sense of the Sahelian Crisis: One year after Qaddafi

On the one year anniversary of the fall of Qaddafi in Libya, this public panel sponsored by the Sahel Research group provided a forum for discussing the array of actors, issues and forces that led to the collapse of Mali and which were central in shaping the evolution of the Sahelian crisis. Poster

APSA Africa Workshop: Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspective

Leonardo Villalón and Kenneth Wald served as the two US-based workshop leaders for the 2013 American Political Science Association’s Africa workshop in Burkina Faso. The team also included Professors Augustin Loada (Burkina Faso), Mahaman Tidjani-Alou (Niger) and Dr. Einas Ahmed (Sudan). On the theme of “Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspective,” the two-week workshop was held in collaboration with the Center for Democratic Governance. The program brought together 22 young African scholars, from 17 countries, as well as five US and European based scholars, for intensive training and discussion on carrying out research on the issue of religion and politics in Africa.

Symposium: “Demography and the Challenge of Social Change in the African Sahel”

The symposium was part of a year-long project on the theme of Development, Security and Climate Change in the Sahel, which involves exchange and collaboration between UF, Sciences Po (France) and Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD- Dakar, Senegal). Five graduate students visited UF between Sept. 20-26 thanks to funding from the US French Embassy through the France-Florida Research Institute. The symposium was followed by a series of workshops hosted by the Center for African Studies. Schedule of workshopsPosterPictures 1Pictures 2,