FIU Study Abroad Program in Senegal & The Gambia, Summer A 2011
The Gambia, West Africa: Traditions, Globalization, and Tourism
This is a five-week program (one week in Miami, at Florida International University (FIU), two weeks in Senegal and 2 weeks in The Gambia) designed to provide students with an introduction to West African cultures and traditions along with an exploration of the growing centrality of tourism—and particularly of “cultural and heritage tourism”—as the largest sector of the global economy. Indeed, tourism is now the primary reason why people travel across cultural landscapes. In the classroom, students will learn about West Africa’s most important ethnic groups (the Wolof, Mandinka, Fulani, etc.) and will explore questions related to the politics and aesthetics of constructing difference in globalized tourism, the role of corporations, nation-states, non-governmental agencies, and social movements in shaping cultural and heritage tourism, and what anthropologists have called “sites of memory.”
While in Senegal, students will visit Gorée Island and its Maison des Esclaves (slave house). Gorée is a poignant reminder of the region’s role as the center of the West African slave trade to the Americas. Students will also visit Sally, on the Petite Côte (“Small Coast”), mostly known for its beautiful beaches, and Saint Louis, the city-island that was the colonial capital of the French empire in West Africa, which was then called “Western Sudan.” Saint Louis is located 320 km north of Dakar. In The Gambia, students will visit the Abuko Nature Reserve, Kanilai Village, and the village of Juffureh, which was identified by Alex Haley as the place of origin of his ancestors. Students will also visit James Island and the ruins of Fort James, from where slaves were shipped to the Americas. In addition, students will engage in ethnographic work in Kololi Beach near Banjul. Saint-Louis and Gorée Island in Senegal, and James Island in The Gambia, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
At the end of the program, students will have earned 3-6 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.
New application deadline: January 21st, 2011
For more information about the program, please, click here or call the AADS office at 305 348-6860.
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