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Conference examines women's songs from West Africa, May 2-4

"Women's Songs From West Africa," a conference featuring scholars from Africa, Europe and North America, will convene Friday through Sunday, May 2-4, in Robertson Hall. Participants will examine women's use of songs to express themselves publicly in a society in which men have traditionally dominated the public arena and women's voices have been confined to the domestic sphere.

Sponsored by Princeton University and Pennsylvania State University, the conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. It will be accompanied by a concert featuring women singers from Guinea and Gambia at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.

The event marks the midpoint of a three-year project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and directed by Aissata Sidikou-Morton, an assistant professor in the Department of French and Italian at Princeton, and Thomas Hale, head of the Department of French at Penn State. They will edit papers delivered at the conference, publish an anthology of songs and write a synthesis of current research on women's songs from West Africa.

Sponsors from Princeton include the Office of the President, the Department of French and Italian, the Department of Music, the Program in African Studies, the Department of History and the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies. Sponsors from Penn State are the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Comparative Literature.

A conference schedule is available online . For more information, contact Aissata Sidikou-Morton .

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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