01.12.2017 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

International Scientific Committee of Volume IX of the General History of Africa meets in China

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In partnership with the University of Xiamen, UNESCO will hold the sixth meeting of the International Scientific Committee for the Development of Volume IX of the General History of Africa (GHA) in Xiamen, China, from 4 to 9 December 2017.

The main purpose of this meeting, the first on the Asian continent, is to review and validate the latest contributions from the authors and to finalize the Volume IX manuscript of the GHA.

This meeting will also provide an opportunity for Committee members to interact with researchers, artists, representatives of civil society and Chinese journalists.

This will be an opportunity to present the perspectives introduced by this volume echoing with the ancient and contemporary history of China.

The three themes discussed at this meeting will be:

  • China-Africa relations: a historical perspective
  • Decolonizing the future of China-Africa relations
  • The future of Africa: new challenges and opportunities


UNESCO initiated the development of the General History of Africa in 1964 to address widespread ignorance about Africa's past. The main challenge was to reconstruct a history of Africa liberated from racial prejudices inherited from the slave trade and colonization and to favor an African perspective.

Since then, eight volumes of the General History of Africa have been published. This colossal work has had a great impact in Africa and beyond, in scientific and academic circles. It is considered a major contribution to the knowledge of African history and historiography.

In 2013, UNESCO initiated the development of Volume IX, with the support of the Government of Brazil and the South African telecommunication company MTN.


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