Archive | October, 2015

Study half-day. Slavery: past and contemporary perspectives

STUDY HALF-DAY SLAVERY: past and contemporary perspectives A study half-day on slavery organised by the Francophone Africa cluster, with Alexander Keese (Université de Genève/University of Portsmouth), Jessica Moody (Portsmouth), Rachael Pasierowska (Rice University, US/Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil), Marie Rodet (SOAS, UL) and Lee Sartain (Portsmouth). ALL WELCOME Wednesday 25 November 2015 (1-6pm) Park Building, room 3.03 Contact: fabienne.chamelot@port.ac.uk   1-1.10                    Introduction 1.10-2.40               PANEL 1: Slavery and emancipation Panel chair: Kelsey Suggitt (University of Portsmouth) Rachael Pasierowska (Rice University, US/Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil): “Alligator wants to eat me, he doesn’t eat me, no!” Interpreting slave’s social lives through the Vassouras jongos. Alexander Keese (Université de Genève/University of Portsmouth): Between anticolonial mobilisation and the forced labour option: new elites and unfree labour in French Equatorial Africa in the late colonial period (1945-60) Q&A   2.40-2.55               Tea & coffee break   2.55-4.05               FILM SESSION: Slavery, transmission, legacy Chair: Fabienne Chamelot (University of Portsmouth) Marie Rodet (SOAS, UL): Exploring freedom and emancipation through the genealogy of the category of “Slave descendant” in post-slavery Kayes (Mali) Screening of The Diambourou: Slavery and Emancipation in Kayes (dir. Marie Rodet, 2014) Q&A   4.05-4.20               Break   4.20-5.50               PANEL 2: Slavery and its memory Panel chair: Dieunedort Wandji […]

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The ‘Refugee Crisis’ and the US: the twisted ways of policy-making

The ‘refugee crisis’ has raised a lot of debates amongst Europe and the European Union. However, the position of the US is often overlooked in these debates even though its role has been central to the course of this ‘crisis’ from its very beginning. In Nizar Farsakh’s view, Obama’s international policy, while attempting to disrupt that of his predecessor, nonetheless resulted in the opposite outcome it was aiming for. Nizar Farsakh is Program Director for Civil Society Partnerships at the US-based NGO Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED). Prior to this position, he was the General Director of the General Delegation of the PLO to the US for two years, and has extensive experience in policy advising to Palestinian negotiators on border-related issues.   The enormity of the Syrian refugee crisis has exposed the limits of Europe’s absorption capacity, both in physical as well as social/national terms. This has prompted many to ask how come European countries did not foresee it coming and whether they could have averted waiting for the crisis to rise to that magnitude. Yet, only after a few weeks, if not months, did people start to ask about the role of the US in all of […]

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