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During May and June 2008, I conducted research at the University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) in Dakar, Senegal. The Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines welcomed me as one of their students, and I was able to attend lessons and conferences throughout my stay and sit in on a PhD viva. The facilities on campus were excellent, especially the very well-equipped central library with wi-fi throughout.  Many of the texts I had found impossible to source elsewhere - both literary and critical works.  The bookshops and stalls on campus were also full of exciting materials unavailable back here in Europe - my suitcase was brimming with books when I came home!

 

Studying in the sun at UCAD's sprawling campus.

Studying in the sun at UCAD's sprawling campus.

 
The modern central library was always packed with students.

The modern central library was always packed with students.

The Humanities Department made me very welcome. The Humanities Department made me very welcome.  Vivas consist of a panel of five and an audience. This one lasted five hours. Vivas consist of a panel of five and an audience. This one lasted five hours.
Celebrating a successful result! Celebrating a successful result! The stalls on campus sell everything from stationery and photocopying services to traditional cuisine.   The stalls on campus sell everything from stationery and photocopying services to traditional cuisine.   
I was pleased when I could finally order my lunch in Wolof!

I was pleased when I could finally order my lunch in Wolof!

University accommodation was hard to come by for many students. University accommodation was hard to come by for many students. 
Out and about on campus - the streets were always busy, often filled with music and dance! Out and about on campus - the streets were always busy, often filled with music and dance!  Taking a break from research with new friends. Taking a break from research with new friends.

 

Cyber Café

"the meaning of an utterance has to do with what the utterance is intended to achieve, rather than merely the sense of the individual words” (Hatim 37)