Preserving African Women's Struggles: The Projet Archives des Femmes du Mali

A Talk by: Madina Thiam and Oumou Sidibe
Thursday, April 13 in Griffin 3 at 4:30 pm

Madina Thiam is a historian of Africa and the African Diaspora in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her work explores the circulations of West African people and ideas; social histories of Islam in the Sahel; race-making in the Atlantic and Saharan worlds; Malian women’s histories; anti-colonial movements; and pan-Africanism. She received a PhD in African History from the University of California, Los Angeles in May 2022, and is currently an Assistant Professor of History at New York University.

Oumou Sidibe is the Director of the Projet Archives des Femmes du Mali. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Université de Bamako and continued with graduate work at both the Université de Paris I and the Université de Paris Diderot. While in Paris she completed the thesis “Le mouvement des femmes de l’US-RDA dans la lutte pour l’indépendance et leur émancipation au Soudan (Mali) 1946-1962” tracing the overlapping histories of women’s anti-colonial activism and the fight for women’s rights in Mali from 1946 to 1962. After completing the thesis she spear-headed the creation of the women’s archive.

Sponsored by the Department of History, Oakley Center, Lecture Committee, Global Studies, Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies, Africana Studies, French Program, and Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion