A political science scholar from Mauritania, currently the Fulbright Visiting Scholar at University of Florida’s Center for African Studies, will speak on the Ursinus College campus Feb. 3 in the Wismer Parents’ Lounge, at 3 p.m.
Dr. Zekeria O. Ahmed Salem Denna Professor of Political Science at the University of Nouakchott, Mauritania, the Fulbright Visiting Scholar for the 2010-2011 academic year at University of Florida, Center for African Studies will offer a public talk on slavery, “Fighting Stigma, Building Citizenship: Leaving the Legacy of Slavery in West Africa.” The public talk is being sponsored by the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the Fulbright Association. Dr. Denna also will visit classes and meet with students over several days.
He holds a Ph.D in Political Science from the Institute of Political Studies at Lyon 2 University, France. He is also the editor of the volume: Trajectories of a Frontier-States: Spaces, political evolution and social transformations in Mauritania (in French, Dakar, Codesria, 2004). His latest publications include, “Bare-Foot activists: Transformations in the Haratines Movement in Mauritania” in S. Ellis, I.V. Kessel, Movers and Shakers: Social Movements in Africa (Leiden, J. Brill, 2009); “Islam in Mauritania between Political Expansion and Globalization: Elites, Institutions, Knowledge, and Networks,” in B. Soares and R. Otayek, eds., Islam and Muslim Politics in Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). His forthcoming book chapter is titled ”The Paradoxes of Islamic Radicalization in Mauritania” in George Joffe (ed.), Islamic Activism and Radicalization in North-Africa, (London, Routledge, May 2011). He is working on a book about social change in contemporary Mauritania.