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Title:Special issue: Remembering Africa to metropolitan France: contemporary francophone debates over slavery and colonialism in Africa = Numéro spécial: Rappeler l'Afrique au souvenir de la France: débats francophones contemporains sur l'esclavage et la colonisation
Editors:Gueye, AbdoulayeISNI
Coquery-Vidrovitch, CatherineISNI
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0008-3968)
Geographic terms:Africa
Subjects:colonial history
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcas20/45/1
Abstract:This special issue assembles contributions dealing with the confusion in contemporary France with regard to the memory and history of colonialism and slavery, notably in Africa. The case studies emphasize the act of silencing and account for its rationale. They also analyse the conditions and processes of the breaking of this silence in both political discourse and scientific literature. The opening article by Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch examines the colonial past as an issue of tension between predominant French citizenry of European descent and French citizens of other, notably African, backgrounds. Nicolas Bancel deconstructs the representation of colonial history by focusing on the politics of memory unfolding since the beginning of the current millennium. He specifically considers memorial projects in various countries. Abdoulaye Gueye examines the mnemonic entrepreneurship and discourse of people of African descent in mainland France through the remembrance of slavery and the slave trade. The final article, by Marie-Albane de Suremain, reviews the Africanist literature published between the end of World War II and the beginning of the decolonization process in the 1950s with a focus on the silence of Africanists about slavery in French West Africa. [ASC Leiden abstract]