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!
"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)