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Charity, ONG-ization and Emergent Ethics of Voluntarism: The Case of Islamic Humanitarianism in Côte d’Ivoire

January 16, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Location:History Lounge Room 433 Paterson Hall

Prof. Marie Nathalie LeBlanc

Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Research in International Development and Society (CIRDIS)

Université du Québec à Montréal

Marie Nathalie LeBlanc is an Anthropologist and Professor in the Department of Sociology at UQAM, Marie Nathalie LeBlanc completed her PhD in the Department of Anthropology at University College London (United Kingdom). Her main publications deal with religious transformations in West Africa, civil society, youth and women. She recently published Faith and Charity: Religion and Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa (Pluto Press 2016, starring Louis Audet-Gosselin) that stems from a research program on the roles of faith-based NGOs in civil society in Africa (SSHRC). She is currently leading a research project (SSHRC) entitled: What have become of the marabouts? Occult trajectories and social changes in West Africa. Professor LeBlanc has participated in several international research programs, notably on Islam and the public sphere in West Africa with a team of researchers in France and Africa. Her recent research interests focus on esoteric knowledge and the question of the occult in Islam in West Africa, the feminization of Islam in Côte d’Ivoire and religious centers of healing. Professor LeBlanc is currently Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on International Development and Society (CIRDIS), coordinator of the Laboratory on Innovative Africa and holder of the UQAM Strategic Chair, entitled: Contemporary Islam in West Africa: Dynamics collective mobilization.

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