Slavery, Post-slavery, and Gender Violence in Africa

Danford Room - Arts Building (2nd Floor)
Monday 19 March (09:00) - Tuesday 20 March 2018 (16:30)

A Two-day Research Workshop hosted by the University of Birmingham for the SLAFNET Project

DAY 1: 19 March

9.00-10.30 Panel 1: Slavery and slave descent in Chad, Ethiopia, and Cameroon
Chair: Lotte Pelckmans

9.00-9.45: Valerio Colosio, ‘We are not “sons of the people”. Post slavery, origins and citizenship rights in contemporary Chad.’

9.45-10.30: Bosha Bombe, ‘Heritages of Slavery and Status Transformation: Evidence from Ganta, Gamo Highlands of southern Ethiopia.’

10.30-11.00: Tea/coffee break

11.00-11.45: Takele Merid Afessa, ‘Memories and Perceptions of Post-Slavery Situations: A Reference to the Berta People, North Western Ethiopia.’

11.45-12.30: Ahmadou Sehou, ‘Esclavage et traite dans l’espace Camerounais: une realite historique pluridimensionelle (XVI-XX siècle).’

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13.30-16.45: Panel 2: Heritage and post-slavery in Kenya
Chair: Felicitas Becker

13.30-14.15: Samuel A. Nyanchoga, ‘Slavery heritage at the Kenya Coast: contestations between abolition, emancipation and post-slavery’

14.15-15.00: Patrick O. Abungu, ‘The consequences of slavery heritage on memory, identity and human rights in Kenya’

15.00-15.30: Tea/coffee break

15.30-16.15: Melvine Chepkoech Lilechi, ‘The Role of the Church Missionary Society in Reconstructing Post- Slavery Identities in Frere Town and Rabai at the Kenya Coast’

17.00-18.30: Keynote by Rachel Jean-Baptiste: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity: Métis and Claims to/of French Citizenship in Twentieth Century Colonial Francophone Africa
Chair: Benedetta Rossi

19.00 Workshop dinner at restaurant Syriana

DAY 2: 20 March

9.00-12.00: Panel 3: Gender violence in Uganda, Congo, and in the African diaspora in Greece
Chair: Alice Bellagamba

9.00-9.45: Allen Kiconco, ‘Wartime Abduction and Traditional Cleansing Rituals: Experiences of Formerly Abducted Women in Uganda.’

9.45-10.30: Elle Seymour, ‘A Historical Defence: ‘Historical’ Marriage by Kidnap as a Defence to Modern Day Forced Marriage.’

10.30-11.00: Tea/coffee break

11.00-11.45: Toni Smith, ‘Marriage and Slavery: Histories of Colonial Regulation and Activist Intervention in the Congo.’

11.45-12.30: Irene Kamaratou, ‘African women in Greece: a case study.’

12.30-13.30: Lunch

NB: each presenter has 20 minutes for the formal presentation and 25 minutes for discussion and Q&A.

A laptop computer and powerpoint projector will be available in the seminar room.

The main purpose of the workshop is to provide presenters with the opportunity to receive comments, questions, and feedback on their research projects.

17.00 (Danford Room): Irene Kamaratou (UoB) will introduce the screening of the documentary she realized with a group of Greek researchers on refugees in Greece, entitled ‘Ήταν Ένα Μικρό Καράβι’ (It was a small boat’), 2016.

Chair and discussant: Gerasimos Tsourapas (POLSIS)