Author Archives: ericrossacademic

About ericrossacademic

Professor of Geography at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco

Just published: a co-authored article on entangled planning in Senegal

Another part of my joint research project with Dr. Liora Bigon has come to term. Following the panel discussion on grid planning that we organized at last September’s Urban Planning in Africa conference in Lisbon, and following our action-packed week … Continue reading

Posted in cities, publication | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Notes from the field, January 2018 in Senegal

I have just returned from a week of field work in Senegal. While I have often done field work there, this time was different. First, I was joined by two other researchers for a team excursion. My two companions de … Continue reading

Posted in architecture, cities, field trips, shrines, Sufism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

An emotional day for me at IFAN-CAD in Dakar

I’m in Dakar this week, on the first leg of a field excursion through Senegal. Today I gave a presentation at the Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire-Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal’s premier research institute affiliated to Université Cheikh Anta Diop. The presentation … Continue reading

Posted in conferences, field trips | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Attending a conference on urban planning in Africa, again!

He’s done it again! Four years after organizing the first international conference on urban planning in Africa, held in September 2013, Professor Carlos Nunes Silva of IGOT, University of Lisbon’s Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, has convened a second … Continue reading

Posted in cities, conferences | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Just published, a study of shrines at Moroccan archaeological sites

A long time in the pipeline, a co-authored study of shrines at archaeological sites has at last been published. Fifteen years ago, in the Spring of 2002, I teamed up with Said Ennahid, an archaeologist and colleague at Al Akhawayn … Continue reading

Posted in architecture, cities, field trips, map work, publication, shrines, trees | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My promotion to full professor

This new academic year is even more fantastic than previous ones for me in that Al Akhawayn University has just promoted me to full professor. When I first joined this institution, fresh out of a PhD, I envisioned a long-term … Continue reading

Posted in teaching | 8 Comments

The annual Interfaith Alliance excursion down Oued Tizguit

To greet the new academic year with an appropriate mix of fun and purpose, AUI’s Interfaith Alliance organized an excursion down the Tizguit valley from campus to the village of Zawiyat Sidi Abdesslam. The Interfaith Alliance is one of the … Continue reading

Posted in field trips, shrines, teaching | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment