Summer C Senegal & The Gambia

Senegal & The Gambia: Traditions, Globalization, and Tourism in West Africa 2014

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Please click on the picture above to access the photo album from the 2013 Senegal and The Gambia Program.

Senegal & The Gambia: Traditions, Globalization, and Tourism in West Africa is a six-week program designed to provide students with an introduction to West African cultures and traditions. The program explores the growing centrality of tourism—particularly “cultural and heritage tourism” and “academic tourism”—as an increasingly significant sector of the global economy. Students will be introduced to some of West Africa’s largest ethnic groups (including the Wolof, Mandinka, and Fulani), and will gain rudimentary understanding of the Wolof language and culture as they explore questions related to the politics and aesthetics of constructing difference in globalized tourism.

While in Senegal (one week), students will visit Gorée Island and its Maison des Esclaves (slave house), near Dakar, the capital City. Gorée is a poignant reminder of the region’s role as a West African center of the slave trade to the Americas. Students will also visit the island-city of Saint Louis, which was the capital of the French colonial empire in West Africa. The trip will also bring students to “the Petite Côte,” mostly known for its beautiful beaches.

In The Gambia (four weeks), students will be housed in townhouses in Kololi, near Banjul, the capital city, for three weeks. From there, students will visit, among other sites, the Makasutu culture forest and spend some time with bands of vegetarian baboons. The Gambia being a predominantly Muslim country, students will also have the opportunity to visit and spend some time in sites associated with Islamic religion.

For about one week of their stay in The Gambia, students will be housed in the Sitanunku Lodge, on the River Gambia. From the Sitanunku Lodge, students will make a number of visits of the surrounding areas, among which the village of Juffureh, which was identified by Alex Haley as the place of origin of his ancestors. Students will also visit the Kunta Kinte Island (formerly known as James Island) and the ruins of Fort James, from where slaves were shipped to the Americas. In Sitanunku, students will have the opportunity to perform a number of water sports.

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students at FIU and other universities nationally and internationally. For a total of 6 FIU credits, undergraduate students will take WOL 1170 - Introduction to Wolof Language and Culture (3 credits), and ANT 4473 - Anthropology of Globalization (3 credits), which is an FIU Global Learning (GL) course.

Graduate students will take ANG 6472 - Anthropology of Globalization (3 credits), and AFA 6905 - Independent Study / Directed Readings in African & African Diaspora Studies (3 credits).

AADS has organized this program in collaboration with the University of the Gambia (UTG) in Banjul and the Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) in Dakar. Study abroad students will have the opportunity to interact with students from these two universities.

Due to limited space, we encourage students to join our list of interested students as soon as possible.

Please take a glimpse at what former Study Abroad students experienced in their time in Senegal and The Gambia.

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