BIGSAS Honorary Doctorate Award Ceremony for
Dr. Fatou Sow

On 18 May the University of Bayreuth will festively honour Dr. Fatou Sow with the BIGSAS Honorary Doctorate. With this award, the Senegalese sociologist Dr. Fatou Sow – based at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris – is recognised for her unwavering commitment to the cause of women and her outstanding scholarly achievements in feminist topics on the African continent. Sow is a veritable pioneer of gender studies and African feminism, who has worked at the forefront of women’s rights in West Africa and beyond for more than half a century.


Presenters of the ceremony:
Ngozi Edeagu and Monika Rohmer

6.00 pm

Doors open

6.30 pm

Opening speech by Prof Dr Stefan Leible, President of the UBT

6.35 pm

Greetings by Prof Dr Rüdiger Seesemann, Dean of the Cluster Africa Multiple

6.45 pm

Welcome note by Prof Dr Andrea Behrends, Spokesperson of BIGSAS

6.50 pm

Music by Ali Keïta & Matchume Zango

7.00 pm

Laudatory speech by Prof Dr Ousseina Alidou

7.25 pm

Music by Ali Keïta & Matchume Zango

7.35 pm

Delivery of the honorary doctorate to Dr. Sow

7.45 pm

Response of Dr. Sow

7.50 pm

Music by Ali Keïta & Matchume Zango

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