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17:00 - 18:30 22 January 2016

Heritage, marginality and hybridity in the gold fields of south-eastern Senegal


Institute of Advanced Studies | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Dr Ibrahima Thiaw, is the director of the archaeology laboratory of IFAN, a research institute based at the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar. He has also directed the Musée d’Art Africain of Dakar for seven years. Over the past fifteen years, he ran several research programs on sites associated to Atlantic slavery and European colonisation including the UNESCO World Heritage site of Goree Island (Senegal), to collect comparative data on patterns of enslavement and impacts on local communities. He has also conducted several heritage management projects in Senegal, Guinée, Guinée Bissau, Sierra Leone, Congo and elsewhere. His recent publications focus primarily on the Atlantic impact and on culture heritage management.

Over the past millennia, South East Senegal has gained the reputation of an important gold mining region. Today it still lives by that reputation as it continues to attract global investments. The region of has a fascinating past through medieval times, slavery, colonialism and the recent effects of gold mining on national and regional population mobility, and on the preservation of cultural and natural resources. The effects imposed by culture and sociopolitical organisations on small-scale decentralized communities have been vast.

This event forms part of the African Voices series convened by the UCL African Studies Research Centre.

Supported by UCL Grand Challenges.


Kasia Diez
+44 (0)20 7679 8585 | k.diez@ucl.ac.uk