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The Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire (IFAN) was founded in 1936 by the governor general of former French West Africa (AOF) as the Institut Français d'Afrique Noire. Its first director was the well known explorer Thédore Monod. The mission of the IFAN was to do scientific research about Africa, especially about the AOF. In 1960, the IFAN was integrated into the University of Dakar. In 1966, it changed its name into Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire.
Today, the IFAN has the following departments: social sciences, humanities, zoology, botany, geology, museums.
The IFAN possesses many old valuable documents from French colonial times, including photographic material and other media. The holdings of the library and the archives are not yet recorded online. There are projects for digitalisation in the future. ... [editors ilissAfrica]
Information about new information and communication technologies in Gabon.Among others, you will find a report about higher education in Gabon (2002) and an audio file of a report by RFI (Radio France Internationale) about traditional music in Central Africa. [editors ilissAfrica]
Full text document of the book "The French language of the Central African Republic" with a lot of background information on the history, development etc. of French in Central Africa, includes a dictionary. [editors ilissAfrica]
Full text document of the book "The French language of Burundi" with an introduction, main part: dictionary. [editors ilissAfrica]
Full text document of a book about the French language spoken on Mauritius. There is a focus on "legitimacy" of the French language versions spoken there: Can they still be called French? Do they really exist / Do people really speak them like that or are they just a construction of some linguist? ... [editors ilissAfrica]
Data base about authors from the francophone islands in the Indian Ocean: the Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion. You will find information about the author, biographies, bibliographies, excerpts from their work, interviews (audio files) or parts of their work read by themselves (also audio files). [editors ilissAfrica]
Under "Ce que fait le réseau" > "Contribution" (at the bottom of the page) you will find several full text documents (articles, MA and Phd theses). You will also find full text documents under "Rechercher dans la bibliothèque", partly from scientifical (university) publications in Africa. Under "Retrouver un chercheur" you will be redirected to the site http://www.chercheurs.auf.org where you can look for researchers in this specific network. ... [editors ilissAfrica]
This website unites different linguistic researches conducted by the network of "Studies of French in francophone countries" worldwide. The databases can be consulted seperately and give an insight into peculiarities of French as it is spoken in the different francophone countries (new words, different meanings, ...). [editors ilissAfrica]