Saint-Louis, Senegal - New Orleans:
Two Mirror Cities (17th - 21st Centuries)


The cities of New Orleans and Saint-Louis, Senegal were both founded as French colonies.  They share histories, cultural traditions, and, by virtue of their geographic location at the edge of threatened estuarian landscapes, a common challenge to their futures.  Barriers of language and distance have impeded both scholarly and public awareness of these deep connections.

This conference brings together intellectuals and artists from Africa, Europe, the United States and Canada for the explicit purpose of producing a new account of the two places that recognizes their connection to one another.  It is a model for the truly transnational production of new knowledge that is essential in today's global context.

Three major research universities are collaborating in the effort: Tulane University in New Orleans, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and the University of Cheik Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal.  Over the course of three days in Senegal in 2012 and three days in New Orleans in 2013, scholars and artists will discuss the linked histories of the slave trade, colonialism, law, architecture, music, and literature. 


Featured Events


4/22 -   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM:            

4/22 - 4/25 -   All Day:
(See program for details)   

4/25 -   2:30 PM - 6:00 PM:

4/25 -   6:30 PM - 8:00 PM:
Conference Opening in Freeman Auditorium immediately followed by a reception in Woodward Way, Tulane University

Sessions at Anna E. Maney Lounge, Newcomb Center for Research on Women, Tulane University

Public Sessions at the Williams Research Center, Historic New Orleans Collection, 410 Chartres Street

Public Concert at the Historic New Orleans Collection Courtyard, 533 Royal Street

Tulane University, School of Liberal Arts, 102 Newcomb Hall, New Orleans, LA  70118, (504) 865-5225,