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Between Indenture and Slavery? African indentured laborers in the French West Indies (1852-1862)

Following the abolition of slavery in the French Caribbean, a certain type of forced labor called ‘indenture’ was implemented. It consisted in forcing laborers to work for a certain number of years in order for them to ‘buy’ their own freedom. Céline Flory explores the extent to which this specific form of labor consisted in a rupture or a continuity with slavery.   Céline Flory is a historian chargée de recherche at CNRS, France. Her research focuses on indenture and post-slavery Caribbean, more precisely on the social and cultural trajectory of African, Indian and Chinese engagés and their descendants. Her book, De l’esclavage à la Liberté Forcée. Histoire des travailleurs africains engagés dans la Caraïbe française du XIXe siècle, published in 2015 by Karthala has been granted the Fetkann – Maryse Condé 2015 Research Award.   During the nineteenth century, all Caribbean slave societies abolished slavery and gradually passed from a system based on slave labor to a system based on wage earning. During this transition, most societies resorted to a form of unfree labor: the indentured labor system. France was no exception. After 27 April 1848, when slavery in the French colonies was permanently abolished, colonial administrators and planters […]

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IJFS special issue: Progress, change and development: Francophone perspectives

The first issue of the year (19/1) of the International Journal of Francophone Studies, edited by Margaret Majumdar and Fabienne Chamelot, addresses Francophone perspectives on Progress, change and development. “While the perspectives underlying these texts are very different, what unites the subject matter is the underlying preoccupation with history as progress. While some accept the ideals of modernity, freedom and economic, social, political amelioration and focus their critique on the deficiencies of their implementation to date, others channel their work more to unpicking the unintended effects of historical change, challenging received wisdom to date and the analysing the cultural processes and products through which many of the ensuing contradictions are articulated.” Here is the table of content. More details here: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-issue,id=3140/ Progress, change and development: Francophone perspectives Fabienne Chamelot And  Margaret A. Majumdar Tunisian internal autonomy and the transformation of the French colonial empire Ryo Ikeda Algérie: Libération nationale et construction de la nation Catherine Lévy L’Algérie: La postindépendance, l’effervescence cosmopolite et la littérature Authors:  Beïda Chikhi Transformations institutionnelles et développement économique dans la zone franc en Afrique de l’Ouest (1960–1990) Authors:  Vincent Duchaussoy Reading between the lines: Identity issues in Kanak narratives and the agency of the storyteller Authors:  Catherine O’Connell […]

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