- Introduction by the Editor-in-Chief
Volume 22 of Mande Studies is an open issue and features a series of contributions on a wide array of topics. Sebastian Prothmann researches the construction of masculinity and the body in urban Senegal, while Tara Deubel and Micah Boyer investigate the scale and reach of trust within women's village savings and loans associations in Mali. Songs, rituals, and the constructions of women's identities in the Casamance region of Senegal are the focus of the article by Elizabeth Rosner; Stephen Wooten takes a Slow Food movement approach to the history of agriculture in West Africa; Lydia Rouamba investigates women's political positions and their recent developments among the Mossi of Burkina Faso; the complex relationship between politics and Islam in Mali's recent history is the subject of the article by Boubacar Haidara; Yacouba Cissao writes about state agents and the management of conflicts at the margins of the nation-state in Burkina Faso; and Noël Okobé Datro delineates the complex relationship between the agrarian economy and politics in Côte d'Ivoire's recent and troubled history. This volume also includes a special feature on Malian-American scholar Chérif Keïta, whose work and teachings have inspired a new generation of scholars focusing on Mande societies. The contributors (Dianna Bell, Joseph Hellweg, William Moseley, Bruce Whitehouse, and Ryan Skinner) remember some of their interactions with Keïta (in the classroom and beyond) and unravel the meanings of his influence on their own scholarly work and professional trajectories.
The range of topics covered here challenges narrow definitions of the Mande world and is a testimony to the breadth of contemporary scholarship. The vision of the Mande world that emerges from the pages of this volume of Mande Studies takes into account mobility, permutations of identities and global flows, as well as the fluidity and porosity of geographic boundaries in their various political articulations. The Mande world includes not only the traditional boundaries of the Mande region—that is, the area of West Africa where Mande speakers are settled, which includes Senegal and the Gambia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, and Guinea—but also the expansive space that encompasses travels, new encounters, and social networks developing in a variety of places, including those established by Mande diasporas.
In my capacity as Editor-in-Chief of Mande Studies, I would like to take this opportunity to stress the importance of our colleagues' participation as authors, [End Page 3] peer reviewers, and mentors for the success of the journal. Mande Studies is one of the very few US publications with contributions in both French and English. It is also the voice and the point of encounter of a multiplicity of scholars from diverse scholarly traditions, as it brings together North American, European, and African scholars. In this spirit of cross-continental engagement, the MANSA leadership and I wish to establish a mentorship initiative by which senior scholars support emerging scholars in the submission of manuscripts to Mande Studies. A call will be sent by the editorial team to launch this initiative.
Finally, this journal could not exist without the collaboration of various individuals who have made this volume possible. I'd like to thank my co-editors Stephen Belcher, Patrick Royer, and Joseph Hellweg, for their thoughtful editorial work. Many thanks to Nicolas Médevielle and Jacques N'Goran Kouacou, our French copy editors, whose assistance with the French contributions has been invaluable. I am also very grateful for the support of our English copy editor and managing editor Meridith Murray. I wish to also thank the external reviewers for their careful reading of the manuscripts. Finally, my work for Mande Studies would not be possible without the institutional backing of the University of North Florida, and in particular the support of Jennifer Spaulding-Givens, Chair of the Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work Department, and George Rainbolt, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
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- Introduction par la rédactrice en chef
Ce volume 22 de Mande Studies est un numéro...