SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

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

Making Heritage from Atlantic Slavery
Gaetano Ciarcia, Toby Green, Robin Law, Andrew Apter

Date: 6 March 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 6 March 2014Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Djam Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Film

Film: Mémoire promise (Promised Memories) (2013) dir. Gaetano Ciarcia (Montpellier University) & Jean-Christophe Monferran (Cnrs Paris)

This film, shot in 2012, tracks two paths of historical memory between the towns of Ouidah and Abomey in Benin. Memories of the transatlantic slave trade and memories of Voodoo (Vodun) seem to be closely entangled and preserved as heritage on this UNESCO slave route.

Panel discussion:
  • Dr Toby Green (Kings College)
  • Professor Robin Law (Stirling)
  • Professor Andrew Apter (UCLA)

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 understanding slavery.

An accompanying exhibition of photographs by Fanny Challier entitled 'Malian Landscapes of Freedom' will be displayed in the Wolfson Gallery, SOAS Library, 24th February - 21st March 2014.

Organiser: The Centre of African Studies (SOAS)

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