Welcome to the 2016 Madagascar Workshop!

The theme of the 2016 workshop is:

The Sacred and the Profane; Society, Cosmology and the Environment in Madagascar

Date: May 27-May 28, 2016 (May 29-30- optional events)
Place: Avignon, France

2016 marks the 11th anniversary of a long-standing collaboration on “Madagascar Workshops” held in alternating years at McGill University and the University of Toronto. This multidisciplinary meeting brings together top scholars and students from different fields, including Anthropology, History, Geography, Linguistics, and Archaeology, to present and discuss their current research on Malagasy society, history and culture. The central purpose of the meeting is to exchange and build knowledge on Madagascar and its surrounding islands and to spark intergenerational dialogue on various aspects of Malagasy society, history and culture.

Workshop overview:

The Workshop itself consists of two full days of presentations, on May 27 and 28. Day 1 will consist of double panel presentations, a thematic plenary session (topic TBD), and a keynote address. Day 2 will consist of single panels, a thematic plenary session (topic TBD), a graduate student seminar, and a keynote lecture.

We are delighted to announce two keynote speakers for the workshop: Dr. Sophie Blanchy (CNRS, Laboratoire d’ethnologie et de sociologie comparative/CNRS-Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre) and Dr. Jean-Aimé Rakotoarisoa (INALCO/l’Institut de Civilisations de l’Université d’Antananarivo).

A conference dinner for participants will be held May 28th.  Optional events include an excursion to scenic Chateauneuf du Pape wine country (May 29th) and a workshop planning meeting (May 30th).

For more information please see the workshop  Programme

For information on attending the workshop please see:  Information and Registration

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