• Open letter: Academics mobilize by writing to Joe Biden, following Trump declaration.
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    A group of academics wrote an open letter to newly elected U.S. President, Joe Biden, in reaction to Donald Trump's declaration of recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara. The letter was sent to the White House on January 20, the day of Joe Biden's inauguration.   Dear President Biden, We are writing to express...

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  • Letter from OUISO to the Presidency of IRD: Request for clarification on IRD research partnerships in Western Sahara
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    Paris, 17th of December 2020, Dear Colleague, Dear CEO of IRD, In June 2020, our observatory published on its website a news item about the signing of research conventions between the IRD and some Moroccan communities or institutions relating to research conducted in the "Moroccan Sahara" according to the terminology used by the IRD communication...

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  • Petition: Academics launch a Letter of Solidarity with Western Sahara, which they invite to sign
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    Alice Wilson (University of Sussex), Mark Drury (Princeton University), Vivian Solana (Carleton University) and Meriem Naïli (University of Exeter) have written a letter strongly condemning President Donald Trump's proclamation recognising Morocco's sovereignty over Western Sahara, which they invite you to sign. Text available on the online portal of the international news agency La Pressenza (French,...

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  • In the press: some academic reactions to Donald Trump’s statement
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    Donald Trump's recent statement about the official recognition of Morocco's illegal annexation of Western Sahara has provoked strong reactions in the press and on the world geopolitical scene. Here is a selection of articles presenting the academic reactions following this decision: References: Aimeur, K. (2020, 13 december). Yahia Zoubir, Professeur à KEDGE Business School, à propos...

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  • Event: Muestra de Antropología Audiovisual de Madrid – Presentation and debate of the web documentary “Provincia53”.
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    The 6th edition of the Muestra de Antropología Audiovisual de Madrid (MAAM6) will be held from 23 to 29 November 2020. Afternoon of cinema and anthropology : Screening and discussion of internationally renowned audiovisual works in the field of Audiovisual Anthropology, in the presence of  directors. Images and words to meet, understand and transform each other....

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  • In the press: Gdeïm Izik ten years later and threats on the ceasefire in Guerguerat
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    A number of articles concerning Gdeim Izik, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the dismantling of the camp, on the situation of the Saharawi political prisoners and on the tensions in Guerguerat have appeared in the press in recent days. [in french]. Forhan, B. (2020, 8 november). « Le traitement des militants sahraouis s’inscrit...

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  • In the media: News on the situation of Sahrawi political prisoners
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    Reference: Perez, Benito, "Inquiétudes pour les détenus sahraouis", le courrier, 27 September 2019. Human rights: Moroccan reprisals against Claude Mangin and her husband, the Sahrawi activist Nâama Asfari, have worried UN experts. Under the leadership of its Commissioner Ana Racu, the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT) announced this summer its next visit to Moroccan...

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  • New book, Pierre Bonte : Identities and social & cultural change in West Sahara
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    BONTE Pierre, Identités et changement socioculturel dans l’Ouest saharien (Mauritanie, Sahara Occidental, Maroc), Paris, Karthala, 2017 This book deals with the evolution of the West Saharan region within the boundaries imposed on local populations by the Spanish and French colonizers, a development marked by a process of late decolonization and still unfinished according to international…

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  • Conference Alice Wilson – Sovereignty in exile – Paris, 29 January 2018, 17h
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    Monday the 29th of January 2018, 17h-19h, Alice Wilson, Lecturer at the University of Sussex, will present in French her book “Sovereignty in exile: A Saharan Liberation Movement governs”, published in 2016. Sovereignty in Exile explores sovereignty and state power through the case of a liberation movement that set out to make itself into a state….

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  • Call for contributions – ASAI – Bologna, 5-7 September 2018
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    ASAI V Fifth Conference of the Association for African Studies in Italy (Associazione per gli Studi Africani in Italia) Plural Africa : Politics, knowledge and social dynamics in time and space Department of Political and Social Sciences – University of Bologna, 5-7 September 2018 ASAI V Bologna – Call for panels – Eng

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