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STUDY HALF DAY: Counter-piracy and maritime security: addressing Security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea, 9 March 2016

The West Africa region is beset by numerous security challenges. Some of the most pressing security issues in the region take place in and around the maritime environment of the Gulf of Guinea, a vital space for the economic development of a vast region. Unless adequately addressed, at-sea security challenges such as piracy and other criminal activities will remain obstacles to the future prosperity of millions in the West Africa region. The conference will explore these issues as part of the West Africa Peace and Security Network (WAPSN) project. _________________ Venue: University of Portsmouth, Park Building, Room 2.01 Wednesday 9 March 2016, 14.00 to 17.30 __________________   Programme 14.00: Introduction by Professor Tony Chafer, director of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR). 14.10: Presentation on the Gulf of Guinea and its security challenges by the Chair Rear Admiral Nick Lambert (Catapult Project’s Maritime Domain Expert) Panel 1 14.30: Dr. Christian Bueger (University of Cardiff): Maritime Security and the Blue Economy – understanding the link. 14.55: Peter Cook (Security Association for the Maritime Industry, SAMI): Will a private maritime security model work in the Gulf of Guinea? 15.20: Q&A 15.40: Break, Coffee (20 min). Panel 2 16.00: Dr. […]

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REVIEW. “West Africa: word, symbol, song” at the British Library

Thanks to its focus on West Africans telling the stories of West Africa and its well-thought out multi-dimensional delivery, the ‘West Africa: word, symbol, song’ exhibition at the British Library is powerfully insightful and approachable to all, from academic specialists to children and reluctant museum-goers. Camille Jacob took part in the curator-led tour with Dr Janet Topp Fargion and explains more about the event.   The exhibition “West Africa: word, symbol, song” at the British Library explores 1000 years of West African history(ies) through over 200 objects, including books, manuscripts, songs, videos, musical instruments, artworks, masks and textiles. This event aims to question the stereotype of an African continent made of a clash between oral traditions and imposed Western values by showcasing the long intellectual tradition of the region through the breadth and wealth of literature and graphic/symbolic systems as well as the complexity of oral literature. The organisation of the exhibition (five loose spaces, generally chronological) is closer in style to the Musée du Quai Branly’s thematic approach than other traditional institutions’ focus on colonial boundaries. Even though it is very immersive (with music through speakers, headphones, in “pods”), this is not a systematic overview of West African history […]

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