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Why attend this Conference

Towards a decolonization of knowledges in West Africa: history, actors, and productions More than sixty years after the national independences and political decolonization formally speaking, West African States are still struggling on how to “decolonize” and to “africanize” society and culture. Today, decolonization has experienced a strong renaissance as a political and intellectual project in […]

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William G. Moseley
Professor of Geography Macalester College and MANSA President-elect
Sten Hagberg
Professor in cultural anthropology and MANSA President Uppsala University
Baba Coulibaly
General Director Institut des Sciences Humaines

Highlight of International Research activities at ISH

How to respond to the challenges of our society? How to organize citizen debates and strengthen partnership capacities between Malian researchers and Swedish researchers? Here are, among other things, the questions to be answered by the Citizen Perspectives project on societal challenges in Mali, which was launched on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at the premises of the Institut des Sciences Humaines.

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Explore the best of Bamako while attending this Conference

Bamako is the capital and largest city of Mali. It is located on the Niger River, near the rapids that divide the upper and middle Niger valleys in the southwestern part of the country. Bamako is the nation's administrative center.

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Explore the best of Bamako while attending this Conference

Institut des Sciences Humaines

Bamako

Chaussee De Sotuba (Sotuba Causeway), Pres de l'IER-CRRA BP: E916, Bamako. Tel: (+223) 20 70 53 50 / (+223) 20 70 53 51

Forum for Africa Studies
Forum for Africa Studies

Uppsala University’s Forum for Africa Studies  is an inter-disciplinary centre that covers all three disciplinary domains of the University: Humanities and Social Sciences; Medicice and Pharmacy; and Science and Technology. The purpose is to support research on Africa in Uppsala University and to facilitate contacts and exchange of research information between departments as well as outside the university, particularly on the African continent.

Institut des Sciences Humaines
Institut des Sciences Humaines

L’Institut des Sciences Humaines aims to develop research in the field of human and social sciences, particularly in terms of knowledge of Malian and African societies and cultures.

To this end, it is responsible for:

  • the deepening of knowledge in the fields of archaeology, history, sociology, anthropology, human geography, oral literature and linguistics;
  • support for the training of students and the development of researchers in the fields of its competence;
  • collecting, storing and disseminating research results;
  • the contribution to the protection of the national cultural heritage in collaboration with the competent national and international institutions
Mande Studies Association
Mande Studies Association

The Mande Studies Association (MANSA) is an international organisation with an academic or professional interest in the Mande region of West Africa. The organization was founded at the University of Wisconsin in 1986; it operates in both English and French.

MANSA is international and multidisciplinary, with members across the globe and across the academic-intellectual spectrum. It brings together teachers, researchers and students from all disciplines and from all continents, people who are interested in the Mandingos and their neighbors, through work on societies, history, geography, anthropology , archaeology, sociology, linguistics, literature, education, environment, etc…

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Important Update: Extended Deadline for Abstract Submission

Dear Colleagues and Conference Participants, We have some important news regarding our upcoming conference. In response to numerous requests... Read More
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Exploring Religious Coexistence: A Reflection on the Fieldwork Seminar in Tanzania

MANSA is thrilled to announce the enriching experience that was the Fieldwork Seminar held in Tanzania from October 23... Read More
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Past MANSA conferences

To date, there have been eleven international conferences of the Mande Studies Association: The first International Conference on Manding... Read More