Meeting of the International Scientific Committee of UNESCO Slave Route project in Cape Verde, 26-27 October 2015
Following its renewal, the International Scientific Committee of the Slave Route project has met in Cidade Velha, Cape Verde, from 26 to 27 October 2015. This meeting has been the occasion to present the activities of the project and to consider its future projects in particular in the framework of the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).
The members of the International Scientific Committee of the Slave Route project have recommended in particular the recognition of the outstanding universal value of the sites related to the history of the slave trade and slavery and called for the commitments of states for the International Decade for People of African Descent in a spirit of recognition, justice and development. The Committee has also reminded the crucial role that the Slave Route project will be able to play in the implementation of this Decade, given the experience, expertise and networks developed since its creation in 1994.
The members of the Committee also participated in the colloquium that was held on 28 October 2015 at the University of Cape Verde on “Stakes of Scientific Research on Slavery and Challenges of the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024)”. The colloquium stimulated rich debates on the national and international perspectives on this question and on the stakes of research on slavery and the slave trade in the context of the Decade.
This meeting, organized in partnership with the National Commission of Cape Verde, is all the more important as it is the first to occur in the framework of the International Decade for People of African Descent and has taken place in an island that has been a laboratory for the construction of the systems of enslavement that integrated in a global and organized mode of domination and exploitation, Africa, Europe, the Americas, the Caribbean and Indian Ocean.
The meeting of the International Scientific Committee of the Slave Route project has attracted significant media attention, including the local television and the airline company TAP, partner of the National Commission of Cape Verde for this event.
RFI aticle (Portuguese only)
Infopress Article (Portuguese only)
RTC television report (Portuguese only)
TCV television report (Portuguese only)
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