Sahel seminars

Sahel seminars

The Sahel Research Group organizes regular seminars on Friday from 11:45 to 12:45 in 109 Rolfs Hall. Our seminars are open to everyone interested in discussing current events and issues in the region. They are intended as informal open conversations and sharing about the region, and not as formal presentations or talks.

Please mark your calendars for the following planned Seminar dates:

13 September.  Guest: Robyn D’Avignon, New York University
20 September
27 September. Guest: Eric Silla, U.S. Government
11 October
18 October
25 October
1 November. Guest: Peter Tinti, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime and independent journalist
8 November.  Guest: Cheikh Babou, University of Pennsylvania
15 November
6 December

Past seminars and guest interviews:

– February 22, 2019. Dr Dinah Hanaford (Texas A&M University), Race, Gender, and Development (Abstract).
– March 15, 2019. Dr Mathews Paret (University of Florida), Niger and WASCAL visitors Willi Adzawala & Mamane Bello Garba Hima, Climate change economics and social dynamics
– March 29, 2019. Dr Clionadh Raleigh (University of Sussex), elite networks in Africa (flyer).
– April 19, 2019. Judd Devermont (Center for Strategic and International Studies)
– May 8-24. Luce grant Summer Institute on Lived Islam in Africa
– May 20-24. Symposium on the future of laïcité in the Sahel with guests from Niger, Mali, Chad, Burkina
– November 16, 2018. Dr Frédérick Madore (University of Florida). Current dynamics of Islam in Burkina Faso
– October 26, 2018. Joe Penney, independent journalist and photographer; cofounder of
– October 12, 2018. Dr Olivier Walther (University of Florida). Mapping women’s trade networks in West Africa.
– September 28, 2018. Dr Kelley Sams (University of Florida). Public health initiatives and the circulation of medications in sub-Saharan Africa.
– April 20, 2018. Ambassador Alexander M. Laskaris (US Department of State, AFRICOM). AFRICOM’s current activities in the Sahel.
– March 30, 2018. Dr Alex Thurston (Georgetown University). Iyad and Alghabass: The Shifting Boundaries of Jihadism in Northern Mali.
– March 2, 2018. Dr Fallou Ngom (Boston University), Dr Fiona McLaughlin (University of Florida). Ajami and other writing systems in the Sahel.
– February 16, 2018. Dr Matt Kirwin (US Department of State). Insecurity and Migration in the Sahel.
– December 15, 2017. Lt Col Yssouf Traoré (Malian army and US Army War College). Perspectives on the Malian army and the G5 Sahel.
– October 20, 2017. Ibrahim Yahaya Ibrahim (University of Florida). Pastoralism and Jihadism in the Sahel.
– October 13, 2017. Awa Doucouré (Gaston Berger University). Higher Education Reforms in Senegal.
– September 15, 2017. Dr Olivier Walther (University of Florida). Cities and Borders in West Africa.

For more information, please contact Luke Whittingham