Depicting Africa concludes

Our web site is now live.

This website is the result of an outreach project organised by Anne Haour and Hannah Swain (City Academy Norwich-CAN), and it paired 26 children from CAN with pupils from the Lycée Amadou Kourandaga in Zinder, Niger.

The objective was to confront the often negative perceptions that pupils hold about Africa and Islam and to create a teaching resource that can be used in classrooms across the UK to do the same.

Another purpose was to expose the City Academy Norwich students to UEA life in order to raise expectations in this school of traditionally very low Higher Education participation rates.

Read more in previous posts: here, here and especially here.

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3 Responses to “Depicting Africa concludes”

  1. November 13, 2012 at 12:35

    This is a very good idea, which I will try to organize here in Burundi.

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About this blog

This blog has been set up to chart the activities and research findings of two projects led by Anne Haour, an archaeologist from the Sainsbury Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.

The first project, called Crossroads, brings together a team of archaeologists, historians and anthropologists studying the Niger Valley where it borders Niger and Bénin (West Africa). We are hoping to shed more light on the people that inhabited the area in the past 1500 years and to understand how population movements and craft techniques shaped the area's past.

The second project, called Cowries, examines the money cowrie, a shell which served as currency, ritual object and ornament across the world for millennia, and in medieval times most especially in the Maldive Islands of the Indian Ocean and the Sahelian regions of West Africa. We hope to understand how this shell was sourced and used in those two areas.

These investigations are funded by the European Research Council as part of the Starting Independent Researcher Programme (Seventh Framework Programme – FP7) and by the Leverhulme Trust as a Research Project Grant. The opinions posted here are however Anne Haour's own!

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