Dr. Konte to Conduct Research on African Studies at Indiana University

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dr. KonteSC State University’s assistant professor of African-American studies, Dr. Dior Konate, will conduct African Studies research in the African Studies Program at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. from Tuesday, July 20, 2010 through Thursday, August 5, 2010.

Konate was chosen among five applicants and is excited about the opportunity. “Attending the African Studies Program of Indiana University will showcase the faculty engaging in scholarly research which the University needs. It will show an internationalization of the research at SC State University,” stated Konate. “The other benefit is that this library research fellowship is granted to scholars in Historically Black Colleges and Universities with limited African collections,” she continued.

While attending the African Studies Program at Indiana University, Konate will conduct research for two weeks to gather information that will analyze the connections between imprisonment and citizenship in colonial Senegal entitled “Inmates, but not French: Imprisonment and Citizenship in Colonial Senegal. The Case of the Originaires.”

The African Studies Program at Indiana University received applications for short-term residencies to conduct research in Indiana University’s African Studies Collections. The collection ranks among the top tier of such collections in the U.S. and it consists of more than 140,000 volumes of monographs and over 700 serial subscriptions, as well as various materials such as posters, slides, film, audio tapes and many others. It also focuses on the humanities and social science fields.

While attending Indiana University, Konate is grateful to have the opportunity to conduct research among the top tier of African Studies Collections. “Indiana University has a wonderful African Studies Program, publishes one of the best African studies journals: “Africa Today,” and is also home to one the most important publishing companies to release African books: Indiana University Press at Bloomington,” said Konate.

Konate received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in african history from the University of Cheik Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. Later, she received her Ph.D. in african history from the University of Wisconsin-Maryland in Madison, Wisconsin. Prior to working at SC State University, Konate began her teaching career as a teacher assistant in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Maryland in fall 2005. She also worked as a project assistant in spring 2006 designing new African history surveys for undergraduates and seminars in popular culture in Africa.

In 2006, Konate began her teaching career at SC State University as the assistant professor of African Studies. She is responsible for educating students in the following fields: colonial justice, women’s history and gender studies, social and cultural history, Sub-Saharian African History, African women and politics and world civilizations.

Konate is affiliated with various African associations such as the West African Research Association (WARA), African Studies Association (ASA), and the South Carolina Political Science Association (SCPSA). Konate is the author of “ On Both Sides of the Atlantic: The Tradition of Basket Weaving Among the Gullah of South Carolina Sea Islands and Senegalese Peoples, July 2009.” She is also authoring a second article, “When Words Mean a lot: The Experiences of Female Prisoners in Senegal and the Effects of their Incarceration on their Families in Wagadu.”

For additional information on Indiana University’s African Studies Program, contact Dr. Dior Konate at (803) 536-7946, or Dr. Marion Frank-Wilson, librarian of the African Studies Program, at (812) 855-1481. You may also reach Dr. Frank-Wilson via e-mail at mfrankwi@indiana.edu.