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Research Project

NigerHeritage: Research, Development, and Planning for Novel Museum, Cultural Center, and Field Station

2018 – 2020

Project Summary

This collaborative effort developed designs for a museum, a cultural center for nomadic peoples, and a fossil field site—each with a distinct role in the preservation of Niger’s paleontological, archaeological and cultural heritage.

Research Team

Ralph Austen

Ralph Austen

Professor Emeritus of African History, African Studies, and the College

University of Chicago

Ralph A. Austen's current research (and limited teaching) focuses on the political economy and cultural dimensions of European overseas expansion (including autobiographical writings by "colonial subjects") and African literature.

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Paul Sereno

Paul Sereno

Professor, Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy and Committee on Evolutionary Biology

University of Chicago

Paul Sereno, a professor at the University of Chicago and Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, works with students, technicians and artists in his Fossil Lab to bring to life fossils unearthed from sites around the world. Sereno’s field work began in the foothills of the...

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