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History on Film: Slavery & the African Diaspora from a Global Perspective (2nd 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 the Indian Ocean World (Sri Lanka) and Africa (Mali and Benin), we aim to throw light on slavery in the African continent as well as its eastwards dimension. 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.

Organised by Dr Marie Rodet (SOAS), Dr Shihan de Silva (Institute of Commonwealth Studies), Dr Parvathi Raman (SOAS), and Angelica Baschiera (SOAS).

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

Cultural Heritage of the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean: Musical and Linguistic Traditions of Afro-Asians on Film

Shihan de Silva, Parvati Nair, Tope Omoniyi

History on Film: Slavery & the African Diaspora from a Global Perspective (2nd series)
Film: Indian Ocean Memories and African Migrants (2014) dir. Dr Shihan de Silva (Institute of Commonwealth Studies)

27 February 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili 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

Day 3: Wednesday 27 February 2013: Transmission of Cultural Heritage of Slavery in the Indian Ocean on Film

27 February 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, KLT, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Day 2: Memorialising African Slavery in Brazil on Film

20 February 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, KLT, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Day 1: Silences & Taboos: Ethical Dilemmas in Making African Slavery Visible on Film

30 January 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, KLT, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM