Category Archives: map work

Mapping the zâwiyas of Fez

My disposition for mapping shrines often leads me to volunteer my services to fellow academics working on the topic who may not have the time or expertise to make their own maps. I am always delighted when one of these … Continue reading

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Mapping the Mercantilist World Economy

This semester I get to teach Economic Geography, a Sophomore-level course in our International Studies program. I use World Systems and World History perspectives, both of which favor a global scale of analysis (the course textbook is Knox, Agnew & … Continue reading

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Just published in an edited volume: a chapter on Senegalese urban design

In September 2013 I attended a conference in Lisbon on colonial and post-colonial urban planning across Africa. I am pleased to announce that the resulting edited volume has been published. My chapter in this volume is entitled “The Grid plan … Continue reading

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Attending a symposium on Africa in the medieval world

I am in snowy Cambridge, Massachusetts, this week, attending a symposium on the history of Trans-Saharan relations and encounters. Medieval/Africa: The Trans-Saharan World was organized by a number of Harvard University departments and research institutes, namely: the Committee on Medieval … Continue reading

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Attending a workshop on holy places in medieval Islam

Nothing gets me in a better mood at the start of a new school year than attending a conference in a beautiful city I have never visited before. Last year this happened in Lisbon (see post about urbanization in Africa). … Continue reading

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Hiking in the Middle Atlas

Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane is relatively isolated from the mainstream flows of Morocco’s social, political, cultural and economic life. Yet, as far from the country’s “core” as it may be, Ifrane is centrally located and provides many opportunities for … Continue reading

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Presenting Morocco’s Imperial Cities

I had planned to attend at least a few of the sessions of the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders which was held last week in Rabat (see previous post on urban planning in Africa). About 15 AUI students … Continue reading

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