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MATSOUANIST RESISTANCE & INDEPENDENCE IN CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE

Meike de Goede  is a lecturer in African History & Anthropology at the Leiden University Institute for History. She works on silenced history and memory in Congo-Brazzaville and former French Equatorial Africa. This paper is based on interviews with witnesses in Congo-Brazzaville and archival research in the Archives Nationales d’Outre-Mer, Aix-en-Provence.   Just before the Presidential elections of June 1959, several Matsouanist leaders, a religious-political movement, were rounded up from their homes in Brazzaville’s townships of Poto Poto and Bacongo and taken to an empty factory building in M’Pila. In the weeks following, the youth wing of UDDIA, a political party, launched a violent campaign against the Matsouanists because they refused to support Fulbert Youlou, the leader of UDDIA. Many Matsouanists sought refuge in the factory building as well. On the early morning of 29 July 1959 the Matsouanists were put on transport to places far away from the native land of the Lari, the ethnic group to which the Matsouanists belonged. The process of deportation was chaotic and violent; 35 people died and at least 100 were injured. Only in 1965, after the toppling of Youlou’s regime, were the Matsouanists granted amnesty so they could return home.   The Matsouanists were followers […]

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SEMINAR. SOAS African history seminar. Programme 2016-2017, Term 1

Programme of SOAS African history seminar 2016-2017, Term 1  We will start off with an exciting film series and panel discussions on “Slavery and the African Diaspora from a Global Perspective”, during the Black History month. In November we will then return to our usual business with one talk every 3-4 weeks until May 2017. If not indicated otherwise, the seminar takes place on Wed from 5 to 6.30pm in room FG01 (SOAS Faber Building). Programme Term 1: Thur 27 Oct: Slavery on Film: Past and Present Atlantic Links |5.30pm-8pm |Senate House, G22/26 (South wing) – Welcome address: Prof Philip Murphy (ICwS), Dr Marie Rodet (SOAS), Dr Shihan de Silva (ICwS) – Keynote lecture: Prof Ben Lawrance (Rochester Institute for Technology) ‘What viral videos convey about the anti-trafficking imaginary’ – Film: They Are We. Dr Emma Christopher (Sydney U). 2014. (77min) Fri 28 Oct: Filming Memories of Slavery (Brazil, India and Pakistan) | 5.30pm-8pm | Senate House, G22/26 (South wing) – Film: Other Africas: Unearthing ‘Afro’ Memories in Rio de Janeiro. Dr André Cicalo. 2016 (22min) Discussion with filmmaker Dr André Cicalo (King’s College London) – Film: Mor Sahib – The Saint crocodile (Pakistan). Till Passow. 2012 (20min) – Film: Voices of the Sidis. Ancestral Links […]

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