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Launch of the exhibition “Archaeology in Senegal” – The Research Unit in Cultural Engineering and Anthropology (URICA) of Cheikh Anta Diop University wants to democratize archeology


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From February 3rd2022, the Research Unit in Cultural Engineering and Anthropology (URICA) (https://URICA.org/) of the Cheikh Anta Diop University will present a large exhibition of banners, Archeology in Senegal (https://bit.ly/32SSwJA)which highlights the importance of archeology in the historical and cultural understanding of Senegal.

The West African Research Center (WARC) is hosting the Nine Banners exhibition – the first of its kind in Senegal – which highlights how archeology serves as a bridge between past and present. The exhibition explains how material culture contributes to understanding the values, experiences and complexity of Senegal’s past. It explores many of Senegal’s many archaeological find sites and brings to life some of Senegal’s most important archaeological treasures.

Archeology in Senegal is the result of a partnership between URICA, the Office of Strategic Partnerships of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), with support from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

The bilingual French and Wolof banners are described by Dr. Ibrahima Thiaw, professor of archeology at Cheikh Anta Diop University and director of the cultural engineering and anthropology research unit “as a major step in the democratization of archeology “. He added, “We are committed to helping Senegalese students and teachers see archeology in practice, this banner exhibit helps connect Senegalese children to their history in a visually appealing and easily accessible way.”

Dr. Ibrahima Thiaw was at the forefront of efforts to create the first anthropology doctoral program in Senegal. The Office of Strategic Partnerships supported the program by providing resources to successfully digitize historical records, support cataloging and collections management, and train graduate students in underwater archeology as participating researchers in the Slave Wrecks project led by the NMAAHC. Dr. Deborah Mack, NMAAHC Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships, said: “URICA’s doctoral program is exemplary in its 21st century scholarship and academic rigor, coupled with public service to its communities and to the nation. This multi-year partnership between our institutions has produced measurable and tangible results, and we are delighted to continue this collaboration on a broader basis.

Archeology in Senegal has also partnered with the Senegalese children’s museum, ImagiNation Afrika, which works to develop the whole child by creating child-centered public spaces. ImagiNation Afrika has facilitated a series of training workshops and developed instructional videos for teachers and curriculum inspectors in the Senegalese public school system. Materials developed by ImagiNation Afrika are designed to help educators engage young learners in their understanding and appreciation of archeology in Senegal.

Please click here (https://bit.ly/3sgW3dm) to see the banners and posters of the exhibition
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About URICA:
The Cultural Engineering and Anthropology Research Unit (URICA) is a laboratory of the ETHOS doctoral school and hosted at IFAN Cheikh Anta Diop. URICA is an ambitious doctoral training program that reinvents the role of anthropology, using education and research as a keystone to support the positive transformation of the 21st century in Africa, and which prepares the next generation to build new perspectives and ways of thinking in the service of the Africa of tomorrow. For more information, please visit: [email protected]

About the National Museum of African American History and Culture:
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to the exploration, documentation, and presentation of African American history and its impact on American and world history. Established by an act of Congress in 2003, the nearly 400,000 square foot museum sits prominently next to the Washington Monument and is the culmination of decades of effort to create a national museum that promotes and showcases the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected nearly 37,000 objects and nearly 170,000 people have become founding members. The museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum at the Smithsonian Institution. For more information, please visit: https://s.si.edu/35BCvc0.

About SITES:
SITES, the oldest traveling exhibit operation in the world, is the primary ambassador for Smithsonian Institution exhibits beyond Washington, DC. are seen by millions of people, for more information, please visit https://s.si.edu/3gmNAQg.

About ImagineNation Africa:
ImagiNation Afrika, created in Senegal in 2011, gives African children the tools to become agents of change. ImagiNation Afrika works for the development of the whole child by creating child-centered public spaces, partnering with institutions that nurture child development, and supporting parents and communities, ultimately building an ecosystem that empowers children to thrive and lead in the 21st century. Please click (https://bit.ly/3uvkaHU) here for more information.