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Restitutions Claims: African Cultural Heritage in Western Museums   Recently updated !

The Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora will held its 10th Biennial Conference at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia on November 5-9, 2019. The general topic of the conference is Remembrance, Renaissance, Revolution: The Meaning of Freedom in the African World Over Time and Space. The call for […]


Jefferson was not a benevolent slave owner and doesn’t need any apologists

More than one year ago, a discussion on Twitter regarding the enslaved woman Sally Hemings (owned by Thomas Jefferson) led me to post here a text discussing how problematic is to refer to enslaved women as mistresses. Although it is obvious that enslaved women had no other choice than to have sexual intercourse with their masters […]


Memory as a Response to the Problem of Slavery

This text is based on my intervention in the final roundtable of the 2015 Gilder Lehman International Conference held at Yale University, on October 30-31, 2015. I thank David Blight and Marcela Echeverri for inviting me to participate in the conference. As you will see, my intervention refers to several other papers presented during the conference […]