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 (India). Beheroze Shroff (UC Irvine). 2006 (26min)
Panel discussion: Dr David Taylor (ICwS), Alice Albinia, Author of ‘Empires of the Indus’
Mon 31 Oct: African Resistance and Rebellion against Enslavement | 6pm-8pm | KLT, SOAS (main building)
– Film: Ghosts of Amistad – In the Footsteps of the Rebels. Tony Buba. 2014 (56min)
Introduction and discussion by Prof Marcus Rediker (University of Pittburgh)
Wed 23 Nov: ‘Arms Trade in East Africa: A History of Globalisation, Regulation, and Colonial Rule (1850s to 1914)’, Dr Felix Brahm (German Historical Institute), 5-6.30pm, SOAS FG01 (Faber Building)

Wed 7 Dec: ‘The British press, British public opinion and the end of empire in Africa, 1957-60’, Dr Rosie Coffey (LSE/SOAS), 5-6.30pm, SOAS FG01 (Faber Building)

STUDY HALF DAY: Slavery. Past and contemporary perspectives


SLAVERY: past and contemporary perspectives

Wednesday 25 November 2015 (1-5.30pm)

University of Portsmouth, Park Building, room 3.03


All welcome



1-1.15                    Introduction – Natalya Vince (University of Portsmouth)


1.15-2.55             PANEL 1: Slavery and the continuity of slavery

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.

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



2.55-3.15               Tea & coffee break


3.15-5.20               PANEL 2: Slavery and its memory

Panel chair: Dieunedort Wandji (University of Portsmouth)

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

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)

Short break



5.20-5.30               Conclusion