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WARC Public Lectures: Professor Scott Youngstedt: « Brassage and Change in Traditional Healing in Niamey, Niger. »

On Thursday, May 19th, 2022, Professor Scott Youngstedt, Chair of the Department of Sociology at Saginaw Valley State University and former President of the West African Research Association (WARA), made a presentation on the subject of traditional medicine in Niamey, the capital city of Niger. Professor Youngstedt, who spent many years in Niger and is a frequent visitor in Niamey, elaborated on the metaphysical foundations of health, illness and healing in Niger, which would also be applicable to many other sub-saharan african countries . But he also noted changes as african nations absorb changes and new global medical practices and concepts. He also emphasized the way in which tradictional healers seek to overcome doubt about their genuineness and ability to heal the world.

This presentation comes at a moment when all over West Africa, traditional medical practices are slowly but steadily recovering ground with the advancement of bio produces and products.