Study half-day. Slavery: past and contemporary perspectives


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).


Wednesday 25 November 2015 (1-6pm)

Park Building, room 3.03



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)



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)



4.05-4.20               Break


4.20-5.50               PANEL 2: Slavery and its memory

Panel chair: Dieunedort Wandji (University of Portsmouth)

Jessica Moody (University of Portsmouth): Memories of slavery and emancipation in Liverpool: missionaries, ‘modern-day slavery’ and interwar black politics, 1933-1934

Lee Sartain (University of Portsmouth): “A dose of feel good shame”: 12 Years a Slave & ‘race’ films during the Obama presidency



5.50-6                    Conclusion

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