21 May 2013
SOAS' Centre of African Studies, in partnership with ASAUK, Goldsmith's College and the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, is holding the conference 'Mali in Transition' at SOAS on 29 and 30 May.
The conference examines the political and humanitarian crisis in Mali and its impact on the country’s social and cultural diversity. Anthropologists, historians and archaeologists will meet over two days to analyse the current political situation and its consequences for the country’s rich cultural heritage and discuss issues of conservation.
The conference will also provide an opportunity to present the work of Mohamed Alher Ag Almahdi, a Malian Tuareg artisan who trained in restoring ancient manuscripts at the British Library and subsequently helped with the restoration of ancient manuscripts in Timbuktu.
Professor Trevor Marchand commented: “The current situation in Mali calls for inclusive academic discussion and debate on the impact that internal conflict and external intervention are having on the civilian population, the nation's diverse cultural heritage, and its future.”