SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

Mali in Transition: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Various speakers

Date: 29 May 2013Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 30 May 2013Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

Organised by the Centre of African Studies and SOAS, University of London, with the support of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, ASA-UK and Goldsmiths’ College, this conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary and research-based platform to Africanists from Europe, Africa and the USA, to initiate a debate about the causes of the present political and humanitarian crisis in Mali, but also its impact on the country’s social and cultural diversity.  

The four panels will focus on the following themes:
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives on the crisis
  • Emergency crisis and impact of humanitarian action
  • Heritage and conservation
  • Historical perspectives and future scenarios

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.

For more information, please contact the convenor of the conference: Dr Alessandra Giuffrida,

The conference is free but you will need to register your attendance because space is limited.

To register, please send an email with “Mali in Transition” in the subject line to

The detailed conference programme with all the speakers is now available (Please click the conference link in the upper right of this page).

Organiser: Centre of African Studies

Contact email:

Contact Tel: 020 78984370

Sponsor: ASA UK