Beyond Crisis and Insecurity: Cultural Creativity, Popular Struggle, and Social Change in West Africa

Welcome to the 11th International Mande Studies Association Conference, 10-14 June 202​0 at Uppsala University, Sweden. The conference is hosted by the Mande Studies Association (MANSA), and the Forum for Africa Studies, Uppsala University.

The conference will explore the prospects for peace and progress in a region too often stereotyped for conflict and instability. Over the last decades, the region has undergone multiple crises and insecurities, including civil war, population displacement, political turmoil, popular insurrection, and the health epidemics.

The 11th International Mande Studies Association Conference aims to produce new understandings of how West Africans have been asserting their ability to mobilize resources from all domains of their lives in order to strategize and struggle for new solutions to ongoing challenges. The purpose is to stimulate scholarship that explores society and culture so as to highlight processes that build, construct, and affirm agency, peaceful coexistence, and social innovation.

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The call for paper is here

L'appel aux communications est ici


The 10th International Conference of the Mande Studies Association took place in Grand Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, 2-6 August 2017. More info, click on the image



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MANSA2018@FSU: The Mande Studies Association co-hosted a symposium at Florida State University on Security from below in West Africa (from left to the right): Tom Bassett, Joseph Hellweg, Sten Hagberg, Rosa de Jorio, and Ramata Sissoko Cisse.