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MASU presents: Sarah Platt

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Sarah Platt, Historical Anthropology, Syracuse University

A City in Transition: Colonialism, Displacement, and Community Archaeology in Banjul, The Gambia

In preparation for the 200th anniversary of the city of Banjul, The Gambia, in 2016, the Banjul Heritage Project seeks to highlight the unique character of the city’s neighborhoods and the contributions of different residents from its founding to the present through community-engaged and -directed research. A planned urban center, the city developed around a series of neighborhoods designated as colonial, merchant, and African laborer spaces as part of 19th century British efforts to block the slave trade in West Africa. This presentation will recount how a series of contemporary development efforts within Banjul has recently transformed the city, rendering the intersection of the Banjul Heritage Project’s archaeological practice, heritage production, and current politics problematic.

Open to the public. 

Sponsored by the Maxwell African Scholars Union at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

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Exterior of Maxwell in black and white when there was no Eggers building

We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.