SOAS University of London

Department of History

History on Film: Slavery & the African Diaspora from a Global Perspective (3rd series)

History on Film: Slavery & the African Diaspora from a Global Perspective (3rd series)

Our film series and panel discussions with the filmmakers propose to make visible people of African descent in the world. By including films from Asia (India and Pakistan) and the Atlantic World (Cuba, Brazil, US, Sierra Leone), we aim to throw light on the experience of slavery from a global perspective. Slavery has all too often been studied in isolation from Africa. The focus has mainly been on the North Atlantic World. Indeed, the cultural dimension of Diasporas has long been observed in the North Atlantic World, but it has received only scant attention within the context of emancipated slave communities elsewhere.

The films and the discussion panels aim to question the biases in studying slavery. They examine the processes of integration and assimilation in the different African Diasporas, and how these communities produce diasporic cultural spheres which today constitute memoryscapes of the history of slavery.

Previous Events in this series

Making Heritage from Atlantic Slavery: What and how to remember?

Gaetano Ciarcia, Toby Green, Robin Law, Andrew Apter

History on Film: Slavery & the African Diaspora from a Global Perspective (2nd series)
Film: Mémoire promise (Promised Memories) (2013) dir. Gaetano Ciarcia (Montpellier University) & Jean-Christophe Monferran (Cnrs Paris)

6 March 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Djam Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Memorializing a Traumatic Past: West African Slavery on Film

Ana Lucia Araujo, Kevin MacDonald, Marie Rodet
History on Film: Slavery & the African Diaspora from a Global Perspective (2nd series)

Film: The Diambourou: Slavery and Emancipation in Kayes (Mali) (2014) dir. Marie Rodet (SOAS)

20 February 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM