Sponsors & Organizers


Thank you to the following co-sponsors of this conference:

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Arts@TheCore, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Carolina Center for Global Initiatives, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Carolina Performing Arts
  • Chancellors Global Education Fund through UNC Global
  • Department of Religious Studies, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Institute for the Arts and Humanities
  • West African Research Center, Dakar
  • University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar
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Conference organizers:

  • Djim Dramé, Laboratoire d’Islamologie, IFAN CH. A. University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar
  • Carl Ernst, William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor, UNC Department of Religious Studies; Co-Director, Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations 
  • Michael Figueroa, Assistant Professor, UNC Department of Music
  • Youssou N’Dour, Musician
  • Penda M’Bow, Assistant Professor of Medieval History, University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar; President, Mouvement citoyen
  • Mamarame Seck, Research Professor, l’Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire, University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar
  • Cemalnur Sargut, President of Turkish Women’s Cultural Association, Istanbul (TURKKAD)
  • Ousmane Sene, Director, West African Research Center
  • Ibrahima Thioub, Rector, University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar