Past conferences

To date, there have been ten international conferences of the Mande Studies Association:

The first International Conference on Manding Studies: School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, 30 June-3 July 1972 (fourteen years before the founding of the Mande Studies Association).

The second International Conference on Mande Studies: Bamako, Mali, 15-19 March, 1993 (at the Islamic Cultural Center).

The third International Conference on Mande Studies: Leiden, The Netherlands, 20-24 March, 1995 (at the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde).

The fourth International Conference on Mande Studies: Serrekunda, The Gambia, 13-17 June, 1998 (at the Senegambia Beach Hotel)

The fifth International Conference on Mande Studies: Leiden, The Netherlands 17-21 June, 2002 (at the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde)

The sixth International Conference on Mande Studies: Conakry and Kankan, Guinea, 20-26 June, 2005. (at the Novotel Conakry and the University of Kankan)

The seventh International Conference on Mande Studies was held in Lisbon, Portugal: 23-27 June, 2008.  View the Lisbon Conference Schedule.

The eighth International Conference on Mande Studies was held in Bamako, Mali: 27-29 June, 2011. Download the conference program. (Word document)

The ninth International Conference on Mande Studies was held in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso: 18-22 June, 2014. Download the conference program.

The tenth International Conference of the Mande Studies Association was held in Grand Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire: 2-6 August, 2017. Download the conference program.