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City of Banjul
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Scholarly writing workshop at UTG Brikama

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Dr Reg Cline-Cole is formerly head of the prestigious Centre for West African Studies, University of Birmingham, and a world class scholar on development geography; Dr Michel Doortmont is a professor of International Relations at the University of Groningen in Holland and an expert on the Yoruba; Dr Toby Green is Lecturer in Lusophone African History and Culture, Departments of History and Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies of King’s College London, and author of many books including “The Rise of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in Western Africa, 1300-1589” Cambridge University Press, 2012; Dr Murray  Last is Professor of Anthropology at the University College, London, and a world-renowned expert on the history of Islam in Nigeria; Dr John Parker is professor of African History at SOAS, University of London, formerly head of the History department at SOAS and an expert on the Akan of Ghana.

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Funded by the African Studies Association of the UK and the British Academy, and hosted by the UTG and National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC), the workshop seeks to hone the skills of the participating scholars in academic writing, and to encourage them to publish their work in international journals, thereby increasing their access to these journals and the dissemination of knowledge produced in Africa.

“Foreign scholars like Dr Toby Green of Kings College, University of London regularly come to use Gambian archives to write academic articles and full length books, but they noticed that few local-based Gambian scholars can have their own research writings published in international academic journals. This is a sad situation. That is why we have invited these journal editors to come and share with us their skills in academic writing. It is a great opportunity for Gambian scholarship. The Vice Chancellor of the UTG Professor MO Kah and the director-general of the NCAC were especially receptive to the proposal”, explained Mr Hassoum Ceesay, a participant.

Dr Toby Green of Kings College, London worked very hard to raise the funds for the workshop and has promised to continue to work with UTG and NCAC to sustain the momentum which the workshop would generate. It is hoped that six months after the workshop, some of the participants if not all would have their papers accepted for publication in respectable academic journals and bring honour to Gambian scholarship.


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