Travelogue: Society, History, and Popular Culture in Senegal

1 October 2018
By Kayla McGrady ’05 | Illustration by Jon Reese

French and Francophone studies professor Chérif Keïta is leading students on a two-week trip to Senegal in December as the second part of a two-course sequence on the role of Franco-African relations in the art, literature, and pop culture of the former French colonies of West Africa.

Senegal program map


First French settlement on the west coast of Africa, featuring the Statue of African Renaissance



Historic junction on the Dakar-Niger railway line, now known for its tapestry-making industry



Home of filmmaker and painter Moussa Sene Absa


IFAN Museum of African Arts (Dakar)

One of the oldest art museums in West Africa

Central Bank of West African States

Central Bank of West African States (Dakar)

Manager of the CFA franc, the common West African currency inherited from French colonizers


Rufisque (Dakar)

First West African school for female teachers, attended by luminaries such as Mariama Bâ, Annette Mbaye d’Erneville, and Jeanne Martin Cissé

House of Slaves

House of Slaves (Gorée Island)

Museum and memorial of the Atlantic slave trade on Gorée Island, where millions of enslaved Africans were said to have passed through the “Door of No Return”



Site of an infamous 1945 massacre; Senegalese soldiers returning from World War II were shot by their French superiors when they demanded the compensation they had been promised

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