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The Diambourou: Slavery and Emancipation in Kayes
African slavery was officially abolished in Mali by the French colonial authorities in 1905, but effective emancipation of formerly enslaved populations was a lengthy process, the repercussions of which were still felt long after Mali's independence in 1960. Dr. Rodet's research video tells the story of those communities escaping slavery in the region of Kayes in the first half of the twentieth century.
Dr. Rodet is a Senior Lecturer in African History at SOAS, University of London. Her principal research interests lie in the field of modern gender and migration history in francophone West Africa. Her current research examines the complex interactions between gender, mobility, and the end of slavery in Mali and Senegal at the turn of the twentieth century (1890-1940). It also analyzes how slave resistance, rebellions, and mobility entailed complex identity struggles and renegotiations for kinship, marriage, religious practices and, more generally, for notions of belonging in Mali and Senegal.
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Seminar Chairs: Abosede George and Rhiannon Stephens
Rapporteur: Titilola Halimat Somotan
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